Fall Season Kicks off in Torrington on Friday. A look ahead at football.
TORRINGTON: The fall season (at least on the high school calendar) gets underway later this week and with the late Labor Day, it’s about time.
Time to get back to the fields and gym’s that’s will be filled with the realization that every team starts the season perfect. It’s 0-0 for everybody.
In Torrington, the action starts on Friday, September 11 with football and soccer at the Robert H. Frost and volleyball inside the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.
The Raiders football team, one of the most intriguing stories in the Naugatuck Valley League this year, open their season with a matchup with Crosby at 7 p.m.
It’s an important campaign for a group of seniors who have playing together for as long as most can remember, led by quarterback Connor Finn and talented running back Tyler Marens.
Marens has been one of the most productive and elusive backs in the NVL the past three years with his hard charging style of play and his ability to make something out of nothing.
Remember, this is the group that went undefeated as freshman and beat that year’s Ansonia team after running through most of their competition in the Torrington Warriors league before they reached THS.
Injuries sidetracked several critical players a year ago, derailing a 3-1 start that disappeared into a 5-6 mark by the end of the year.
After the Bulldogs, who will not be a pushover, Torrington goes on the road to face Woodland, a team they beat a year ago in overtime on their way to that fast start.
Week three is a big test for the Raiders as Naugatuck travels up Route 8 for a rivalry game that should tell us how far this team is going to go in 2015.
Nate Bresson is back at wide receiver and at linebacker. Kobe Covington, Stephan LaForge and Keanu Mendiola will be clearing the way for Marens and a very talented back up crew in the backfield.
Let’s not forget the impact Jordan Henneberry had a year ago as a freshman and in the late summer practice sessions, the sophomore has looked every bit as strong.
Seniors Ignacio Reynoso and Newton Frias are a nice change of pace behind Finn and can threats out of the backfield as well.
On the defensive side of the ball, Eric Mayerjack has looked tremendous in early scrimmage and practice sessions.
Wide receiver Zack Mancini is back healthy this year and along with juniors Favian Moya and Justin Egliskis, give Finn so many targets.
Sophomore Cameron Ceruto, who became a force behind the plate for the Raiders baseball team in 2015 will give head coach Gaitan Rodriguez a player who can make an impact on the defensive front or at tight end.
Any way you look at it, the Raiders are primed for an outstanding season.
Whether it translates on the scoreboard is something Raider fans will get their first look at on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Next Up Tuesday: Torrington boys and girls soccer.