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Ortiz leads GN football past Granby

POSTED September 21, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


WINSTED - Tony Ortiz found the end zone early and often to lead Gilbert/Northwestern to another victory.

Ortiz scored five touchdowns and John Lippincott ran for a score and threw a TD pass to lead Gilbert/Norwestern to a 48-21 victory over Granby on Saturday in Winsted.

The Yellowjackets jumped out to a 21-0 lead and improved to 2-0. Granby competed and made some plays but early mistakes were too much to overcome, especially with Ortiz seemingly ripping off a big gain every time he got his hands on the ball.

Ortiz opened the scoring with a three-yard run and then ran in a two-point conversion after Seth Dayton returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Ortiz added a 27-yard run and all of a sudden it was 21-0 and Granby was in a hole it couldn't get out of.

"We had some mental mistakes and a young team will do that but I like the way we competed," Granby coach Rich Gadoury said. "We got in a hole early and that made things tough."

Ortiz certainly made things tough on the Granby defense and was in the middle of a number of big plays. He hauled in a 52-yard TD pass from Lippincott early in the third quarter and added TD runs if 47 and five yards in the second half.

Ortiz finished with 200 yards rushing and four TDs and he added three receptions for 97 yards and a score.

"Tony had a big day and we were able to take what they gave us offensively," GN coach Scott Salius said. "When they tried to take away Tony we had some other kids step up and make plays and that eventually opens things up for Tony."

Granby didn't quit but never was ablest real,y threaten a comeback. Quarterback Curtis Field made some plays and threw a touchdown pass and the Bears were able to move the ball at times but they were never able to find a way to keep Ortiz out of the end zone.

"We had never scored against GN before so this is a bit of a moral victory for us," Gadoury said. "We did some things today that make me feel good about where we are and how we will be over the next nine games."

While Granby is in just it's fourth season as a varsity program and trying to build something, GN is looking to have a big season behind its senior backfield tandem of Ortiz and Lippincott. That duo has shown in their first two games that they will be tough to stop and they will need to put up some points next week in a showdown with North Branford.

North Branford advanced to the Class S title game last season before losing to Ansonia and GN will have to be at its best to pull off a big road win.

"I like where we are but we have some things we can improve on, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Salius said. "It's a huge game. Defensively is where we need to put our emphasis. The kids know where to be, they know their assignments, we just need to shore up our tackling and cut down our over pursuing."


GN - Tony Ortiz 3-yard run (kick failed) 6-0
GN - Seth Dayton 45-yard interception (Ortiz 2-pt conversion) 14-0
GN - Ortiz 27-yard run (Joe Columbie kick) 21-0
Granby - Dominic Pagano 36-yard run (Matt Holmes kick) 21-7
GN - John Lippincott 8-yard run (Columbie kick) 28-7
GN - Lippincott 52-yard pass to Ortiz (kick failed) 34-7
Granby - Curtis Field 18 yard pass to Connor Field (Holmes kick) 34-14
GN - Ortiz 47-yard run (Columbie kick) 41-14
Granby - Anthony LaTorre 16-yard run (Holmes kick) 41-21
GN - Ortiz 5-yard run (Columbie kick) 48-21

Records: GN (2-0), Granby (0-2)
WINSTED - Tony Ortiz found the end zone early and often to lead Gilbert/Northwestern to another victory.

Ortiz scored five touchdowns and John Lippincott ran for a score and threw a TD pass to lead Gilbert/Northwestern to a 48-21 victory over Granby on Saturday in Winsted.

The Yellowjackets jumped out to a 21-0 lead and improved to 2-0. Granby competed and made some plays but early mistakes were too much to overcome, especially with Ortiz seemingly ripping off a big gain every time he got his hands on the ball.

Ortiz opened the scoring with a three-yard run and then ran in a two-point conversion after Seth Dayton returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Ortiz added a 27-yard run and all of a sudden it was 21-0 and Granby was in a hole it couldn't get out of.

"We had some mental mistakes and a young team will do that but I like the way we competed," Granby coach Rich Gadoury said. "We got in a hole early and that made things tough."

Ortiz certainly made things tough on the Granby defense and was in the middle of a number of big plays. He hauled in a 52-yard TD pass from Lippincott early in the third quarter and added TD runs if 47 and five yards in the second half.

Ortiz finished with 200 yards rushing and four TDs and he added three receptions for 97 yards and a score.

"Tony had a big day and we were able to take what they gave us offensively," GN coach Scott Salius said. "When they tried to take away Tony we had some other kids step up and make plays and that eventually opens things up for Tony."
 
Granby didn't quit but never was ablest really threaten a comeback. Quarterback Curtis Field made some plays and threw a touchdown pass and the Bears were able to move the ball at times but they were never able to find a way to keep Ortiz out of the end zone.
 
"We had never scored against GN before so this is a bit of a moral victory for us," Gadoury said. "We did some things today that make me feel good about where we are and how we will be over the next nine games."

While Granby is in just it's fourth season as a varsity program and trying to build something, GN is looking to have a big season behind its senior backfield tandem of Ortiz and Lippincott. That duo has shown in their first two games that they will be tough to stop and they will need to put up some points next week in a showdown with North Branford.

North Branford advanced to the Class S title game last season before losing to Ansonia and GN will have to be at its best to pull off a big road win.

"I like where we are but we have some things we can improve on, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Salius said. "It's a huge game. Defensively is where we need to put our emphasis. The kids know where to be, they know their assignments, we just need to shore up our tackling and cut down our over pursuing."

GN - Tony Ortiz 3-yard run (kick failed) 6-0
 GN - Seth Dayton 45-yard interception (Ortiz 2-pt conversion) 14-0
GN- Ortiz 27-yard run (Joe Columbie kick) 21-0
 Granby - Dominic Pagano 36-yard run (Matt Holmes kick) 21-7
 GN - John Lippincott 8-yard run (Columbie kick) 28-7
 GN - Lippincott 52-yard pass to Ortiz (kick failed) 34-7
 Granby - Curtis Field 18 yard pass to Connor Field (Holmes kick) 34-14
 GN - Ortiz 47-yard run (Columbie kick) 41-14
 Granby - Anthony LaTorre 16-yard run (Holmes kick) 41-21
 GN - Ortiz 5-yard run (Columbie kick) 48-21
 
Records: GN (2-0), Granby (0-2)

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