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This week in local football - 10/2/11

POSTED October 03, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


Back in the 1950s, we had Willie, Mickey and The Duke battle it out for king of centerfield in New York.

In the 80s, Larry and Magic fought for basketball supremacy.

Now, in the Naugatuck Valley League, Brenden and Arkeel, through three weeks, have put up numbers that are - for lack of a better word - obscene as they engage in a rushing title quest that looks like one for the ages.

Brenden Lytton, fresh off a 427-yard and six-touchdown performance last week in Torrington’s win over Wolcott, followed that up with another staggering performance, picking up 300 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Holy Cross Friday.

Lytton, in three games of work, has racked up 854 yards on the ground with 10 touchdowns. To fill out the stat sheet, he also added a touchdown pass against Wolcott.

And don’t forget that this is coming off a 2,500-yard junior season. If you thought that defenses would key on Lytton even more after his junior year, you are probably right. But it hasn’t mattered.

As for Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome, only a sophomore, it’s frightening to imagine the stats he will compile in the next two and a half years.

After playing a sidekick role to the great Montrell Dobbs a year ago, Newsome has shined in the starring position, gaining 921 yards with 15 touchdowns so far this season. In this week’s win over Derby, he only rushed for 401 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in two and a half quarters before the junior varsity came in.

This may sound crazy, but the NVL rushing title may come down to who gets to 3,000 yards first.

I, like many I’m sure, am fascinated to see both of their final season tallies.

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While Lytton continues to amass unheard of numbers, Torrington is off to a disappointing 1-2 start after blowing a 12-0 lead and losing 19-12 Friday at Holy Cross.

With two losses on its slate, a state playoff berth is slipping away from Torrington and it may have to win out just to be in the running. Starting next week at home against St. Paul, Torrington needs more contributions from players not named Lytton if it wants to salvage its season in the standings.

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You spend a million dollars, you’re going to wait. Torrington’s game Friday at Municipal Stadium started at 9:30 instead of the regularly scheduled 7 p.m. time due to rain and lightning. Four years ago, on the slop of a field that used to occupy Municipal, a game with weather like Friday’s would’ve been called in the afternoon. Now, on the new field turf surface, you can wait all day. Or should I say night?

Last week, I covered the Pomperaug-Bethel game in Southbury for the Republican-American and that contest, in a driving rain, went on without a hitch thanks to the field turf. Times have certainly changed.

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Housatonic/Wamogo’s dream start of a season rolled on Saturday with another win, this one a 36-20 triumph at Canton. The Mountaineers now stand at 3-0 with a trip to Granby Memorial on the horizon next week.

Ten years ago, the thought of a 3-0 start and a 36-point effort in one game couldn’t be further from the minds of the fans in Fall Village. The direction head coach Deron Bayer has steered this program in is remarkable.

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Meanwhile, it was an ugly weekend all-around for the rest of the local teams in action as Gilbert/Northwestern, Nonnewaug and Wolcott Tech all failed to register a point, let alone a win.

We’ll have more on each of these teams in next week’s previews.

PREDICTIONS UPDATE

Finally, in Week 3, I had my first week with less than two losses, finishing with a 4-1 mark. My only loss was picking Torrington to win, which was looking good for a while as the Red Raiders held a 12-0 advantage before falling to Holy Cross.

Season record: 12-5.

RANDOM THOUGHT FOR THE ROAD

I have about reached the limit I can take listening to callers bash Jose Reyes on WFAN for leaving Wednesday’s game after notching a bunt single that put him in position to win the batting title.

While he says it was his decision to leave the game, I don’t believe Reyes for one second. This is on his agent. With free agency pending, presenting Reyes’ case for the most money certainly sounds better when they introduce him as Jose Reyes – 2011 NL Batting Champion.

Remember, when controversy like this strikes, it comes down to one thing: green paper. And it always will.

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