Local Thanksgiving Day football roundup...
TORRINGTON: It was a good tasting Thanksgiving Day meal for three of six local teams who did battle on this last Thursday in November.
Starting in Winsted, the Gilbert Yellowjackets finished their 2013 regular season campaign with a 27-22 win over Housatonic in a game that saw a valiant effort from the team out of Falls Village who dressed only 14 players after four consecutive forfeits over the last month.
“GN” jumped out to a 27-6 lead after three quarters then held on to beat a Mountaineer team that never stopped playing.
Tony Ortiz scored twice for the ‘Jackets and rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries while Seth Dayton and John Lippincott added scoring runs of their own.
Chance O’Niel, Nick Camardi and Rob Whipple scored for Housatonic who showed great heart and effort in the loss.
Next up for “GN” will be a date with Joel Barlow next Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Class M playoffs thanks to their 9-2 record and a number six ranking.
WATERTOWN: The Torrington football team ends the regular season winning three of their last four, thanks to a 24-6 win over Watertown.
Nate Bresson, Tyler Marens and Connor Finn scored touchdowns for the Raiders while P.J. Kilmartin added a 34-yard field goal and three extra points.
Torington rang up 379 total yards of offense while holding the Indians scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Finn accounted for 151 yards in the air while the ground game pounded out 228.
THS wraps up their first season under head coach Gaitan Rodriguez with a 3-8 record and a reason for optimism in 2014.
OTHER SCORES: The Nonnewaug Chiefs won their third game on the field and fourth overall with a 13-0 road win over Lewis Mills.
Nonnewaug wraps up their most successful campaign as a varsity program with a 4-7 record.
The Wolcott Tech Wildcats dropped a 44-34 decision to Abbott Tech in their season finale on Thursday.
Tech ends with a 1-9 record.