Ortiz leads GN football past Granby
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.
GN - Tony Ortiz 3-yard run (kick failed) 6-0