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An impressive two wins for Raiders football. Naugy on deck Friday.

POSTED September 21, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



Connor Finn and the Torrington Raiders rolled over Woodland by a 44-13 final on Friday night. Tyler Marens (209) and Newtown Frias (146) led the Raiders running game.

TORRINGTON: Can’t say enough about the effort that has come out of the Torrington Raiders football team so far this fall.

Coming home with a 2-0 record as they prepare for rival Naugatuck on Friday night is just the position the Raiders coaching staff had hoped to find themselves in and did thanks to convincing wins over Crosby (50-31) and Woodland (44-13).

The win over the Hawks, a program that understands what championships are all about, was impressive enough but if you consider how many mistakes the team made on their way to that win, the best is yet to come.

A pair of touchdowns were called back because of penalties while an interception and fumble helped try and let Woodland stick around until the Raiders vaunted running game with a pair of burners named Tyler Marens and Newton Frias, made sure the scored again and again without any yellow laundry on the ground.

The combination of the two has been explosive for the Raiders in 2015.

On Friday, Frias took a swing pass, made one defender miss before running through two others on the way to a 13-yard touchdown.

While the next time the Raiders found the end zone it was called back because of an illegal man downfield, senior quarterback did a terrific job of buying time by scrambling (not something he is known for) until fellow senior Nate Bresson got behind the defense for an apparent 26-yard touchdown pass.

Finn showed poise and patience in keeping the play alive while not taking a sack or going out of bounds, a plus for Torrington going forward.

After Cam Cerruto forced a Woodland fumble with the Hawks driving for a potential go ahead score and Marens recovered it, it took the Raiders just one play to go ahead for good.

Marens, who has always been known as the strongest, pound for pound player on the team, took the handoff from Finn and made his way around the left side, turned on the jets to the tune of 80-yards and the score that opened the flood gates.

The senior would add runs of 15 and 78 yards for scores to his day with the 78-yard run the most impressive because it looked like a five yard gain into the line but turned into the long run out of sheer determination.

Frias and Marens worked out during the off season and pre-season this year and it shows.

Teams thought their number one worry was number 7 so they shaped their defensive game plan in such a way.

Having number 14 play such a large and effective roll has made a huge difference for the Raiders as they get ready for their biggest game of the year at home on Friday night against the Greyhounds at 7 p.m.

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