This week in local football - 9/25/11
Where to start with Brenden Lytton?
While most running backs would be thrilled with a 127-yard and two-touchdown performance as he had at Ansonia in Week 1, the senior came into Saturday's game against Wolcott with a "chip on his shoulder."
That is one chip you do not want to mess with.
Lytton recorded a half of season's worth of statistics Saturday, rushing for 427 yards and six touchdowns in the Red Raiders' convincing and statement-making 66-28 triumph over the Eagles at home. And, just because he can, Lytton threw for a touchdown as well, a 14-yard toss to Phil Bresson.
Among those touchdown runs included scampers of 90 and 73 yards for Lytton, who, in one season and two games as the featured back for Torrington, can be seriously discussed as the best player in the program's history. Health permitting, it's scary to think what he may have in store with eight games still remaining on the regular season slate.
In my preview capsule, I thought he would go off in this game and rush for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He, incredibly, doubled that production.
And one thing that continues to stand out is his humbleness and determination to be even better. Just check out this quote to Rick Wilson following the game: “I felt I could have done a lot more. I could have hit the hole harder. I could have broken a couple of longer runs.”
All I know is if I ever had a game like that, I'd be running through the streets screaming how good I was. Lytton, instead, is focusing on what he didn't do, which is a mark of greatness.
Holy Cross, up next on the Red Raiders' schedule, is going to have nightmares all week after reviewing this game film.
Lytton wasn't the only positive for Torrington Saturday, as Jared Williams (110 yards and two touchdowns) and Joan Toribeo (88 yards and one touchdown) also had big games on the ground.
In total, the Red Raiders piled up 632 rushing yards on 50 carries, an old-school approach in this new high school football age where the passing game is highlighted by many teams more than the ground attack.
Gilbert/Northwestern, the most disappointing local team in Week 1, rebounded from its ugly loss to Coventry/Windham Tech with a 36-20 win over Enfield at Van Why Field.
The simple solution for the Yellowjackets was cutting down on their turnovers after committing seven last week. They solved that issue Saturday with Devin Molway leading the way, compiling 150 yards rushing and four touchdowns. John Lippincott added two scoring runs along with 99 yards on the ground.
The Housatonic/Wamogo football team is known for its single-wing offense, but it was the Mountaineer defense that saved the day in Saturday's 22-16 home win over Stafford/East Windsor.
With 1:28 left, Stafford had the ball on the Housatonic 10-yard line, but the Mountaineers held their ground, keeping Stafford out of the end zone to improve to 2-0, the second straight season they have reached that mark.
Jake Sutterlin had his second strong game of the young season with two rushing touchdowns.
LOCAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brenden Lytton, Torrington: Took a long time to make that decision.
NON-BRENDEN LYTTON LOCAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Devin Molway, Gilbert/Northwestern: The senior showed his leadership on the field with 150 yards and four touchdowns, erasing the thoughts of the Yellowjackets' terrible performance in Week 1.
LOCAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
We're going to give this to the entire Housatonic defensive unit. Anytime you register a goal-line stand to win the game in the final minute, a team award is warranted.
For the second straight week, I went 4-2 and for the second straight week, I incorrectly predicted outcome of the Wolcott Tech and Gilbert games.
Season record: 8-4
RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THE ROAD
I went to the Yankees-Red Sox game Saturday and saw a Red Sox team that looks like they are ready to pack up their belongings and head home for the winter. It will be fascinating to see how they will fare in the playoffs if they do make it.
I was able to catch a showing of Moneyball this weekend, and while I enjoyed it, it's not in the rankings of my all-time favorite sports movies. I'll spare any details right now so I don't spoil it for readers who haven't seen it, but, for record-keeping purposes, I did appear in this film. A very, very small part. OK, no part at all. I was in the bleachers when they showed the footage of David Justice's home run in Game 5 of the 2001 ALDS. I'm going to hold on to that.
In no way am I criticizing calls made by high school football officials, but they have to do a better job of just making calls in general. The indecision followed by countless huddles and game delays I've seen the past two years is a disturbing trend. This needs to be addressed.
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