Brenden Lytton sets single-game touchdown record with nine in Raiders' 61-28 win over Wilby
TORRINGTON - Now that’s something you don’t see every day.
Torrington running back Brenden Lytton set a State record by scoring nine, yes I said nine, touchdowns in his team's 61-28 win over visiting Wilby.
Midway through the second half, when Lytton scored his sixth touchdown, somebody on the Raiders sideline remembered the State record was eight and that Lytton had a chance.
Behind an offensive line that has been opening holes all season, Lytton rushed for a remarkable 332 yards, bringing his season total to an astounding 1,589 through seven games.
Lytton, as he has all season, gives credit where it is due - his line.
“They have been blocking great for me all season,” Lytton said. “What happened out there tonight was unbelievable.”
That “O“ line, who became aware of the record on a busy sideline, made it their business to help their teammate set the record.
“Our center, Joe Lorenzo, told me that people would remember the line that helped him set a school-record,” senior standout Dean Tsopanidies said. “What a honor it is to block for a back like that. Once he gets to the second level, watch out.”
The win puts the Raiders record at 5-2 and evens their home record at 2-2.
After their disappointing 30-20 loss to Woodland at home a week ago, Torrington came out with a new resolve.
The Raiders even took the opening kickoff, instead of deferring to the second half and after a 30-yard kickoff return by Will Quarles gave the home team the ball on their own 46, Torrington struck first.
Lytton scored his first touchdown on a one-yard run that was set up by a quick hit to Zack Schebell. Schebell broke loose for a 20-yard run and the scoring barrage began.
Touchdown runs of 41, 11, 2, 15, 3, 41 and 47 would follow. The 47 yarder would set the record with just over three minutes left in the fourth.
For good measure, Lytton also intercepted a pass on a fake punt and rambled 45 yards for a score in a wild fourth quarter that saw 40 points scored between the two teams.
Doing this for Lytton was not a hard call for the Raiders head coach, Dan Dunaj and his team.
“This team is a family,” Dunaj said, “Brenden deserves everything he gets and his teammates are always behind him.”
Lytton ended the first half with 154 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. His total carries amounted to 42, a number that does not phase this junior a bit.
“I’m well-conditioned,” Lytton said, “I play three sports (track and basketball) so I love getting as many carries as I can.”
It’s not that Lytton breaks through holes and is ofF to the races on every scoring chance; he is a punishing runner who looks for contact with those who are looking to tackle him.
Wilby helped allow this record to happen, not by choice but through their scoring. Nine touchdowns and five extra points would have put the Raiders over the 50-point rule, but the Wildcats, behind a 285-yard running game, scored enough to let the home team go for the record.
Think about it, Lytton was responsible for 59 points, 59 points! He had 67 coming in, 126 for the season going out.
The single-season school record is thought to be in the 1,800 ball park.At this rate, Lytton will explode past that mark as he has so many defensive players all season.
Torrington, now 5-2, can’t celebrate for long though, a short week finds it traveling to take on Sacred Heart and Rohan Ifill on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium in a key Copper Division match-up.