Curry and Raiders end 2018 campaign on a positive note. A look back.
TORRINGTON: It’s time to head indoors as the fall sports scene wrapped up last week in Torrington after the Raiders brought “The Helmet” back to Torrington thanks to a 37-20 win over rival Watertown on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Torrington finishes the campaign with a 4-6 mark up from their 2-8 finish a season ago and bright spots are visible in the depth of the Raiders while at the same time, they say goodbye to some talented seniors who certainly left their mark on the program.
Let’s start with quarterback Ora Curry, the son of another former Raider of the same name.
Watching Curry develop over the years has been to witness a young man who put his heart and soul into this program, like his father did before him.
This year in particular, Curry seemed to kick things into overdrive when his team needed it the most by taking over the offense with his legs and determination, like he did in the final against the Indians.
The Raiders were down a pair of running backs after Christian Estefani (more on him after) went out with an injury and were also without a player who had showed great promise in his freshman year, Aladio Thompson, who recently moved to Florida.
In the pre-Thanksgiving game (moved up to Wednesday because of the forecast), Curry accounted for 28 of his teams 37 points on three rushing touchdowns (8, 17 and 21) and a pair of two-point conversions.
On the sidelines, Curry was a young man on a mission each game, roaming up and down the turf waiting to get back on the field.
He will forever be remembered at THS as a player who loved the gridiron and everything that came with it.
Estefani, who began the game against Watertown with a dynamic 90-yard kickoff return that turned into Curry’s first score of the day, had himself some kind of season.
The junior back got better each and every game in the backfield and could run inside or out.
If he got outside of you on a play, watch out, a big play was coming.
Senior Josh Maldonado, who played most of the season on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker, was forced into the backfield after the shortage of running backs and showed why he was one of the strongest players on the team with punishing runs against the Indians.
Maldonado would score from a yard out in the second quarter as the home team built a 21-8 lead at the break.
Watertown would come back to within one at 21-20 with a pair of third quarter scores but a 29-yard pass from Curry and the senior QB’s 21-yard burst in the fourth sealed the win for the Raiders.
Finkler, a multi-dimensional threat, graduates, as does Jacob Allen, an outstanding lineman for head coach Gaitan Rodriguez.
4-6 is an improvement and positive signs were there but count on the Raiders coaching staff to look for bigger and better things in 2019.