“The whole town is here!” said one enthusiastic spectator Saturday afternoon. And that was almost true when the crowd had gathered for the first high school game played in Old Lyme since 1943 and some 1,500 people were in attendance at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer field.
It was a perfect fall day with tail-gating everywhere and pre-game fun galore. Two members of the 1941 and 1942 Old Lyme football teams, respectively George King and Tim Keenan, were present for the ceremonial coin toss and they just happened to be respectively the father and uncle of Valley-Old Lyme coach Tim King.
The game itself was not the most exciting ever seen and ultimately,the Valley-Old Lyme football team crushed Old Saybrook-Westbrook with an unstoppable 42-7 victory.
Last year’s Valley-Old Lyme team won the Conference Championship and also advanced to the State semi-finals, and this year’s team is looking to repeat – or exceed – that record.