This week in football - 10/23/11
The date was December 26, 1999.
Finally, old enough and with my own vehicle to drive, I took the ride to the Meadowlands with a couple of buddies to see my beloved Chicago Bulls play in person for the first time as they would take on the New Jersey Nets.
The date listed above is important here. That halfway decent player by the name of Michael Jordan played his last game in a Bulls uniform in the 1998 NBA Finals.
On this night, we watched the likes of “Crazy” Corey Benjamin and Rusty LaRue (raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of him) get run out of the arena by a lackluster Nets squad, 103-76. Timing was clearly not on my side and never getting to see Michael play in person as a Bull is a huge regret of mine.
The point of this story is to not take for granted the great players on your teams. If you have a chance to see them in person, take full advantage of it.
Fans of the Torrington football team are in that boat now with Brenden Lytton.
In the last two weeks, with all hopes of a playoff berth on the line, Lytton rushed 612 yards and with a total of nine touchdowns in road wins at Naugatuck and Woodland.
First, he put the Raiders on his back with 39 rugged carries in the mud and two interceptions at Naugatuck and then on Friday against Woodland, he did it all – from executing a fake punt for a first down to gaining 268 yards in the second half to put away the Hawks.
In six games, he has compiled 1,785 yards and is well on his way to a second straight 2,000-yard season. And with those yards, he has found the end zone 22 times.
The Red Raiders are now in a great position now to make a run at a Class L playoff berth with the tough part of their schedule behind them.
I hope Torrington fans cherish the opportunity to watch him play as his senior year hits the second half.
You can make the argument he’s the best player in school history, certainly on the statiscal end of things. You might as well enjoy it, because when it’s over, it’ll hit hard. Just ask the Bulls.
Tough first loss of the season for Housatonic/Wamogo, which dropped a 27-20 decision at Enfield Friday night. Jake Sutterlin had a huge game for the Mountaineers with 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Avery Boissey did in the Mountaineers, gaining 202 yards on 22 carriers with three touchdowns. The Mountaineers are now 4-1.
Rough day for the locals on Saturday as Nonnewaug, Lewis Mills and Wolcott Tech all lost by double figures. Looking ahead, it’s going to be tough for any of these teams to win another game this year. If I had to bet on one, I’d take Lewis Mills. Not too confident about that, though.
Sighting of the week: On the ride back from the Pomperaug game Friday, I spotted a license plate on 84 with four simple letters: CIAC. Can’t be a coincidence, can it?
Speaking of Pomperaug, if you're interested, here’s the link to the story I wrote on its 24-6 win over New Fairfield for the Republican-American:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brenden Lytton, Torrington.
NON-BRENDEN LYTTON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jake Sutterlin, Housatonic: 178 yards, two touchdown against Enfield.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Phil Bresson, Torrington: 52-yard interception return for touchdown in win at Woodland.
I went 5-0, mainly in part because my picks nemesis this season, Gilbert/Northwestern, had a bye. Season record: 25-7.
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