The day after. Torrington football still on cloud nine.
TORRINGTON: As Torrington football fans awakened this sunny Saturday, the memory of a night that will ingrained in their collective memories forever only lend them to want more.
Well, that wish come true in just seven days when they play a team that represents everything they want their football program and more.
The big dog, one of the most storied gridiron programs in Connecticut history, resides in the small valley town of Ansonia with the Chargers who are used to winning and playing for championships.
Friday night should be a wild one in T-Town as the Raiders look to pull of what would have to be considered an upset of fairly large proportions.
You say that not because of how the Raiders have been playing but the fact that they are playing the above mentioned big dogs.
Until you knock that guy off the perch, he’s still number one.
Let’s look at what the Chargers have done so far this year.
They have outscored their opponents by a 224-26 margin in five games with that defensive effort translating into giving up just 5.2 points per game.
Ansonia has posted three shutouts in their five wins.
We will read and hear a lot about what both teams have to offer this week, the Chargers are led by quarterback Tajik Bagley and running back Tyler Bailey and an offensive line that is, well, offensive.
Every year, the Chargers bring the effort on the defensive side of the ball as well and this year is no exception.
For the Raiders, it’s been all about the diversity of the offense that has helped quarterback Connor Finn excel.
Over the past two games, Zak Mancini and Nate Bresson have been the benefactors of the passing attack. It was Mancini who hit Bresson on a half back option for 76-yards on the first offensive play from scrimmage on Friday night.
Mancini would add another score on a slant route, a favorite of the teammates who have played together since middle school.
Torrington got banged up a bit against Wolcott with Tyler Marens taking the brunt of it with an arm injury that may limit his availability next week.
Newton Frias and Ignacio Reynoso also came up a little dinged but should be ready.
More on Marens as the week goes on.
NOTES: A new weapon emerged for the Raiders on Friday as sophomore Cam Ceruto caught a pair of passes, each for key first downs.
Ceruto also played a stellar game at linebacker for the Raiders.
Stefan LaForge had a huge, drive altering sack in the third quarter, after Torrington had taken a 30-21 lead on a Finn two-yard plunge. The Frias two-point conversion had made it a two possession game. Keeping the Eagles off the board was huge at that point and two possessions later the Raiders put the game away with a 26 yard touchdown run by Domonick Phengkaen.