Week 6 High School Football Review: Gilbert regroups, Torrington looks for help
Regarding Week 6 of the local high school football season, we discovered two valuable things: Gilbert/Northwestern is back in the hunt for a state playoff berth, while Torrington is not quite there yet.
We'll lead off with the Yellowjackets, who after dropping a frustrating, turnover-filled decision at Enfield last week, destroyed Windsor Locks by a 45-0 margin in Winsted Saturday afternoon. The victory improved the Yellowjackets to 5-1 and they are ranked ninth in the Class M power rankings.
The theme to Saturday's win was the same we've seen all season: balance. Bobby Lippincott passed for two touchdowns, rushed for a 14-yard touchdown and returned an interception 20 yards for a score. Devan Molway recorded two touchdowns on runs of 37 and 56 yards, while the receiving duo of Connor Guiheen (42 yards) and Drew McCarthy (seven yards) each notched a touchdown reception.
Kyle Jones finished with 55 yards on the ground and John Ambrozaitas contributed 25 yards rushing on only three carries. Ambrozaitas also executed five extra points.
The Yellowjackets face a major test in its next contest Friday night at Coventry, which current sits eighth in the Class M rankings with a 4-1 record. Coventry rolled over Housatonic, 41-0, Saturday in Falls Village. Its only loss came in the season-opener to Valley Regional.
Torrington, on the other hand, suffered a huge blow to any potential state playoff berth with its 30-20 loss at home Saturday night to Woodland.
Brenden Lytton had another all-world game, rushing for 215 yards with touchdown scampers of 39 and 49 yards. However, the rest of the Red Raiders finished with a combined 56 yards of total offense. Obviously, Torrington, which now stands at 4-2, will need more help as the season progresses because it's simply not fair to ask Lytton to continue to come up with performances like this.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound Friday night against 1-5 Wilby.
So close, yet so far
Lewis Mills, in its first varsity season, experienced the highs and lows of high school football all in the span of three hours Saturday afternoon as it blew an 18-0 lead before falling 24-18 to the Sports Science Medical Academy in overtime at Muzzy Field.
In defeat, Zane Milbourn completed two touchdown passes to Jeremy Dunn of 65 and 50 yards, respectively. Defensively, Dan Doyle and Chad Cables each picked off a pass for the Spartans (1-4), who will play host to North Brandford Saturday afternoon at Muzzy.
Housatonic/Wamogo's quest for its second two-game winning streak this season was quickly put to rest by Coventry Saturday as it defeated the Mountaineers, 41-0, in Falls Village.
Tanner Brissett, who left the game with an apparent knee injury, led the Mountaineers with 52 yards. Brissett's status for Housatonic's next game at Avon Saturday has not been announced yet. Richard Johnson had a decent game in defeat, rushing for 36 yards on 10 carries.