Memorable Thanksgiving battles in the Torrington-Watertown rivalry
Here’s a look back at some of the great Thanksgiving games in the storied Torrington-Watertown rivalry:
1966, Torrington 8, Watertown 8: The first Turkey Day clash between these teams resulted in the series’ only tie. Torrington’s Mike Amminato made a shoe-string tackle on Watertown’s Chad Burke for a safety in the third quarter for the tying score.
1973, Torrington 7, Watertown 6: The difference came down to an extra point as Red Raider Dan Jacobs executed the kick in the second quarter. It was Torrington’s seventh straight win, its longest winning streak since 1948.
1974, Torrington 7, Watertown 6: Same score, same difference as Jacobs’ extra point won it for the Red Raiders. It was Torrington’s third straight one-point win in the series.
1981, Torrington 18, Watertown 15: Little-used senior kicker Mike McCarthy booted a game-winning 17-yard field goal with only 17 seconds remaining.
1984, Watertown 28, Torrington 27: The Raiders just missed an extra point late as the Indians held on for the win and a tie with Ansonia for the NVL title.
1987, Torrington 49, Watertown 43: In the high-point of this series, Davie Holliday gained 278 yards on 26 carries to give Torrington its school-record 10th win and the NVL title. In defeat, Rico Brogna threw for a Watertown-record 374 yards and two touchdowns. He rallied the Indians from four separate deficits before Torrington was able to hold on.
2001, Torrington 25, Watertown 24: Kevin Rodriguez scored with nine seconds left, putting an end to Torrington’s 14-year search for a winning season. The Red Raiders rallied from a 19-0 hole in the second quarter.
2008, Torrington 14, Watertown 13: Chris DeBerry hit Darrick Williams on 13-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left and then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Red Raiders one of their more thrilling wins in recent years.