Week 5 High School Football Review: Torrington, Gilbert continue to eye playoff berths
When it comes to storylines, this past week was one of the more interesting ones we've had in a long time on the local football circuit.
We'll start off with Torrington, which improved to a surprising 4-1 Friday by defeating Kennedy, 22-8, at Municipal Stadium. Not surprisingly, Brenden Lytton had yet another explosion, rushing for an obscene 242 yards on 34 carries to go along with two touchdowns.
Dan Dunaj's Red Raiders, who were expected by many to finish in the middle of the pack in the Naugatuck Valley League this season, are sitting in great position to pull off a 7- or 8-win season. And if all the breaks go their way, a 9-1 regular season is not out of the question.
This week, Torrington will play host to Woodland in a rare Saturday night game at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex. The Hawks are 3-2 and coming off consecutive home wins over Watertown and Holy Cross. Definitely not an easy game for the Red Raiders, but certainly a winnable contest. Winless Wilby (0-5) follows on the schedule for Torrington and barring a major injury or catastrophic lack of focus, the Red Raiders should prevail in that game.
On Nov. 4, Torrington will go back to Municipal Stadium to face a potent Sacred Heart offense, led by the passing combo of quarterback Rohan Ifill and wide receiver David Coggins. Those two put on a show last week at St. Paul, hooking up for 276 yards and two touchdowns. With Ansonia not on its schedule and undefeated Naugatuck in its rear-view mirror, this will, arguably, be the toughest remaining game for Torrington with St. Paul and Watertown left on the slate.
Sure, it's early, but a playoff berth is not totally out of the realm of possibilites for the Red Raiders. At the halfway point, they couldn't ask to be in a better position.
Speaking of playoff berths, Gilbert/Northwestern's quest for one hit a stumbling point on Saturday when the Yellowjackets dropped a 31-16 decision at Enfield.
The final deficit could have been a lot worse as "GN" turned the ball over six times in 10 possessions, but Bobby Lippincott connected with Jon Marshall on a 78-yard touchdown and Devan Molway added a 10-yard score to keep the Yellowjackets in the game.
This week, the 4-1 Yellowjackets entertain Windsor Locks (2-3) in Winsted on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
After dropping two straight games after starting the season 2-0, Housatonic/Wamogo got back on track with an impressive 27-13 victory at Windsor Locks.
Tanner Brissett recorded another 200-yard effort, finishing with 207 yards on 23 carries. He also notched touchdown runs of three and 47 yards.
Donyell Williams (23 yards) and Jake Sutterlin (four yards) each found the end zone for the Mountaineers, who stand at 3-3 and play host to Coventry on Saturday in Falls Village. Coventry is one of the better squads in the Pequot Conference, winning three straight after falling to Valley Regional in its season-opener.
While it's tough to ask, the Mountaineers will need a similiar type of performance from Brissett if they are going to break the .500 mark this week.
The area's two new teams, Wolcott Tech and Lewis Mills, are also in action this week.
The Wildcats will look for their first win Friday night when they visit Valley Regional (7 p.m.) and the Spartans, who are 1-3, will face the Sports Sciences Medical Academy at Muzzy Field Saturday morning (11 a.m.).
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