Published November 22. 2012 9:00AM Updated November 22. 2012 6:09PM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
NFA's Ryer Caruso, with bucket, and Joey Paparelli, (11), douse head coach Jemal Davis with sports drink after the Wildcats' Thanksgiving Day victory over New London Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at New London's Cannamela Field.
Norwich – Norwich Free Academy completed a perfect regular season by defeating New London 28-7 on Thursday morning in the 151st renewal of the nation's oldest high school football rivalry.
Quarterback Joe Paparelli threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ryer Caruso and Marcus Outlow ran for two more for the Wildcats (10-0), who unofficially finish as the No. 5 seed and will begin the Class LL playoffs on Tuesday at No. 4 Newtown.
New London, which finishes its first season under coach Duane Maranda at 7-3, scored in the fourth quarter on Joquin Riley's touchdown run. The loss eliminated the Whalers from the Class M playoffs.
NFA also clinched the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division title.