Time for the Thanksgiving Day Torrington/Watertown football game. A day early...
TORRINGTON: It may be a day early but the feeling in the trenches will still be the same.
It’s Watertown versus Torrington for the right to keep “The Helmet” in T-Town, a place it has been so long now, I believe they are going to have to pay property taxes on it soon.
The Raiders have won five straight games, seven out of the last ten and for the second time in three years, the game will not be played on Thanksgiving because of the weather forecast on Thursday morning.
Instead, the rivals will play for the night before after playing two dates late two years ago because of weather at that time.
This time at least, the Raiders won’t have to clean almost a foot of snow of their own field before being able to play as this year’s November surprise snow event was pretty mellow.
It’s a chance for Torrington to finish their 2016 campaign with a .500 record at 5-5, a record that will mark a successful campaign after returning just three starters between the offense and defense coming off their 9-1 season in 2015.
Nobody expected the Raiders to do much this year and this young team certainly took their share of lumps as they grew into their roles which were new to most of them.
The Raiders took a beating at the hands of Seymour, Naugatuck, Ansonia over their first four games with a 48-7 win over Wilby the winning mark during that stretch.
They started to show signs of life late in a 26-14 loss to St Paul at home with the offense coming around late in the fourth quarter.
Their turn around started in earnest against Holy Cross on October 15 when they went into the half trailing, only to blow the Crusaders out in the second half of a 42-14 win.
From there, Torrington traveled to take on Kennedy at Municipal Stadium in their gut-check moment of the season after jumping out to a 20-0 lead that nearly completely disappeared but the Raiders defense blocked a late field goal attempt to pull out the win.
From there, Torrington found some moxie in a 40-15 thumping of Woodland at home and while they lost to Wolcott by a 28-19 final, the Raiders were in the game the entire time, pushing the playoff bound team to the max.
Wednesday night is important to the Indians as well as they would love to spoil the party while garnering their fourth win of the season.
This game means everything to both teams, especially the seniors who will remember this the rest of their lives.
Game time is 6 p.m. at the Robert H. Frost Complex.