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Torrington football looks for big finish. Tech looks for first win in finale.

POSTED November 25, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON-In a little more than 24 hours, two teams with similar records, motivation and skill levels will get together for their annual brawl on the gridiron, with the “Helmet”, on the line.

The Torrington Red Raiders and Watertown Indians, both 6-3 this season, are set to do battle at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning for the 46th time in a storied rivalry.

The Raiders have won the last two games and have the prize in hand; the Indians want it back.

Watertown comes in hot, with a three-game winning streak, but didn’t play all that well in a 24-18 win over Wilby in their last game.

Torrington beat up on St Paul Catholic by a 55-27 score in their last outing behind four touchdowns from senior Zack Schebell and three from junior Brenden Lytton.

Lytton, who is second in the Naugatuck Valley League in rushing with 2120 yards (Montrell Dobbs of Ansonia leads with 2292), has been a man on a mission all season and even with teams knowing he was going to touch the ball 30-35 times, it hasn’t made a difference.

The junior running back has 27 touchdowns in the 2010 campaign and has worked well behind a hard working offensive line that just needs to open the hole a bit.

Lytton’s ability to run over second level players with a mean stiff arm has been key to his success.

Sophomore quarterback Jason Abbott has not been asked to do to much so far this year but has showed great poise under pressure.

For the Indians, quarterback Matt Quatrano has had a tremendous season in the air and on the ground.

Quatrano is a legitimate double threat. He’s rushed for almost 1000 yards (995) and 11 touchdowns while passing for over 1000 (1100) with nine touchdowns.

Watertown brings another quality runner to the party in Curtis Pomeroy who has gained 828 in nine games so far.

The Red Raiders defense will be tested for sure and will need to sure up some things that haunted them in all of their losses against quality quarterbacks who could also run.

Against Naugatuck (a 43-21 loss) Erich Broadrick threw well and ran when he had to with success.

Jack DeBiase of Woodland (a 30-20 loss) also did damage with both his arm and legs as did Rohan Ifill of Sacred Heart (a 42-27 loss) who was responsible for almost all the Hearts offense in their win.

So stopping Quatrano will be a huge priority for a team that wants badly to finish with a 7-3 record and the ability to keep the “Helmet” in Torrington.

WOLCOTT TECH VERSUS LEWIS MILLS- Tonight, 6 p.m. at Simsbury High School.

The Wildcats (0-9) and Spartans (1-8) face off tonight in the regular season finale for both teams.

It’s been a rocky journey in 2010 for both teams so a win to end the campaign would take the sting out a bit.

Mills won their first game they played as a varsity unit in their opener, a 20-13 win over Granby Memorial on September 18th at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

Both teams played in the Pequot Sassacus division and played some tough teams throughout the year.

Isaiah Harrington rushed for a school record 242 yards against Cromwell at home on November 6, a bright spot for the Wildcats, as Harington has been his entire career with the team.

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