Raiders improve but fall, 30-26 to Naugatuck in football action.
TORRINGTON: After three games, it seems safe to say a few things about the Torrington football team.
Dylan Myrie can run like the wind, Ora Curry is getting better every week he spends behind center and the Raiders defense is kicking it up a notch.
Now, after dropping a 30-26 decision to rival Naugatuck, one might not think it was a great defensive effort but without the defensive effort, this one could have been truly ugly.
The Torrington 'D' forced consecutive change of possession stops on the visitors at crucial times and John Pasko, a player who is becoming a force on this defense, got hand on a punt that set up a short Raiders touchdown in the fourth quarter that brought the home team within two at 28-26.
Now let's talk Myrie, the senior with all that blistering speed.
After the Greyhounds went up 7-0 in four plays off their first drive, Myrie went back to receive the ensuing kickoff which he dropped at the 15-yard line, picked up at the 16-yard line and made his way around the left side lines where the afterburners turned on.
The Raider would miss the two-point conversion, something that would haunt them throughout the game but they had thrown a counter punch against the Greyhounds who may have thought the night was going to go fairly easy.
Curry is gaining confidence by the play and on Friday night, ran for a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter and had a huge 58-yard run on an option play in the fourth quarter that didn't lead to a Torrington score but led to the big defensive play on the puny by Pasko.
The second Myrie highlight moment came on the Raiders first possession of the second half when he took a handoff from his own 47 and took off up the middle.
Several Greyhound defenders had perfect angles on the senior speedster but there was no way they were going to catch the 100-meter dash star in a foot race.
We'll have more on this game on Saturday.