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Build up to Ansonia/Torrington begins. A look at their history.

POSTED October 20, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: To say this is going to be a fun week is the understatement of the football season to date.

6-0 versus 5-0. Torrington versus Ansonia.

Fighting really for the Naugatuck Valley League Championship as the season winds down towards December and this season it appears as if both teams will be making a run just weeks before Santa comes flying by.

One team, the Chargers, is certainly used to playing after the Thanksgiving Day meal wears off, the Raiders not so much and never in the new format initiated by the CIAC.

Let’s start with the Tale of the Tape, there is much that will get your attention.

The Raiders are having a season to remember at 6-0 and are coming off their biggest win of the year when they knocked off previously unbeaten Wolcott on Friday night in a 37-27 win in front of the biggest crowd to see a regular season game since the new Robert H. Frist Complex opened just over a year ago.

The Chargers have made short work of everybody so far this year, allowing just 26 points in their five victories, three of the shutouts.

That’s just over five points allowed per game while scoring nearly 45.

That’s some serious defense.

Here’s the results to date for Ansonia

Kennedy 42-0

Derby 48-0

Seymour 35-14

Wilby 52-12

Holy Cross 47-0

For Torrington

Crosby 50-31

Woodland 44-13

Naugatuck 57-28

Derby 54-14

Oxford 34-7

Wolcott 37-27

The Raiders have not come up on top against the Chargers in 28-years or since “The Gipper”, Ronald Reagan was in the White House.

That year Torrington came out on top in a thrilling 19-18 win after trailing 18-0 in the first league championship game.

Over the past nine years, the teams have met six times with the average scores 53-17 in favor of the team from the valley with 19 titles since 1976.

Here’s a look at the years.

2014: Did Not Play

2013: 52-7 at Ansonia

2012: 66-26 at THS

2011: 49-20 at Ansonia

2010: DNP

2009: DNP

2008: 48-20 at Ansonia

2007: 50-13 at THS

2006: 54-21 at THS

It may seem like David versus Goliath and it probably is.

Until you beat the big dog, they still get the biggest bone.

It’ll be up to the Raiders to change the course of nearly three decades of losses and be forever able to say they broke the streak.

Much, much more on this game as the week continues leading up to the 7 p.m. kickoff at a packed Robert H. Frost.

 

 

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