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Football: Torrington vs. Watertown - Expanded preview and prediction

POSTED November 22, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


TORRINGTON VS. WATERTOWN

WHEN: Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

LOCATION: Robert H. Frost Sports Complex, Torrington

RECORDS: Torrington 7-2; Watertown 3-6

LAST WEEK: Both teams had a bye

LAST SEASON: Torrington 34, Watertown 7

TISCIA'S PICK: Torrington 58, Watertown 17

Make sure you get a ticket for this one.

For the last time, barring a playoff shakeup beyond belief, Brenden Lytton will take the field in a Torrington football uniform.

And one can argue the greatest football player in the program’s history. After posting 2,000-plus rushing yards last season in a year he wasn’t even slated to be the starter, Lytton proved he was no fluke this year, adding another 2,052 yards and 25 touchdowns in nine games, technically. Two games ago, he was on the field for only one play due to an ankle injury.

He currently trails Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome by 90 yards for the Naugatuck Valley League lead despite missing nearly that entire game.

Lytton will be worth the admission alone as it’s tough to see this game ending up a competitive one.

The Indians have struggled to a 3-6 record. While their record is subpar, they have at least been competive in their two games, playing tough in a loss to Naugatuck and upsetting Seymour on the road.

Naugatuck and Seymour, though, do not have the offensive fire power Torrington does, and it will take a heroic effort from the Watertown defense to limit the Raiders’ point total.

Since Lytton tweaked his ankle, Joan Toribeo has stepped in and showcased his ability, especially in the Kennedy game two weeks ago when he rushed for 305 yards and three touchdowns.

The Raiders, at 7-2, will need a miracle to make the Class L playoffs as they currently sit in 12th place. Only the top 8 move on, so it appears this will be the last time they take the field this season.

Make sure you get a ticket then. Brenden Lytton will make it worth it.

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