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This week in local football - 11/13/11

POSTED November 13, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


Despite winning its last five games, including last night’s 56-28 demolition of Sacred Heart, the Torrington football team’s state playoff hopes are on life support.

The Raiders are ranked 12th in the latest Class L rankings with only the Top 8 making it. While Torrington took care of its business, it did not receive enough help this week.

North Haven (eighth), Darien (ninth) and Farmington (tenth), all ahead of the Raiders, all won this week. Bunnell, which was ranked sixth, lost, but Torrington’s win over Sacred Heart did not secure enough points to pass them.

Torrington has to beat Watertown on the road on Thanksgiving, which will not be an easy task, and pray for a miracle. The Indians came up with a big, 36-28, win over Seymour Saturday. Even though Watertown is 3-6, its effort has been strong and will not go down lightly against Torrington.

When it comes down to it, the Raiders will look back at their second loss (the first to Ansonia is excusable) and shake their heads in disgust. They led Holy Cross 14-0, but allowed the Crusaders to score 19 unanswered points to steal the win. September losses have a history of ruining seasons for teams that play their best late. Unfortunately, for Torrington, this seems to be a prime example.

Meanwhile, Gilbert/Northwestern has to like the position its in. The Yellowjackets, after Saturday’s predictable blowout triumph over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby, own the final eighth spot in Class M, with two winnable games left against Stafford/East Windsor and Housatonic/Wamogo.

If the Yellowjackets win out, it will more than likely result in their second straight playoff berth, a remarkable achievement considering where the program was eight years ago.

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Very disappointing end of the season for Housatonic/Wamogo, which dropped its fourth straight Saturday after starting the season 4-0. This loss came to SMSA, 16-8, at home.

Offense has been the thorn in their side, as the Mountaineers have only reached the 20-point plateau once during this losing streak.

On Saturday, their only score came on Jake Foley’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake Sutterlin, followed by Sutterlin running in the two-point conversion. In total, the Mountaineers finished with only 152 yards of total offense, a number which must increase if they want to finish with a winning season.

The Mountaineers finish the year with games against Ellington/Somers and Gilbert/Northwestern.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brenden Lytton, Torrington: Just another day at the office with 269 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Sacred Heart.

NON-BRENDEN LYTTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tie – Joan Toribio (Torrington) and Devon Molway (Gilbert/Northwestern). Toribio rushed for 243 yards and four touchdowns against Sacred Heart, while Molway tore up the Windsor Locks co-op with 170 yards and three touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

John Ambrozaitis (Gilbert/Northwestern): Forced a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown in the Yellowjackets’ win.

PREDICTIONS UPDATE

Went 5-1 this week, with my one loss coming in the Housatonic/Wamogo-SMSA game. I actually came within one point of picking the score right, but got the teams wrong. Hate when that happens.

Week: 5-1. Season: 39-10.

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