Week 7 Local High School Football Review: Lytton's All-World performance, Gilbert battered
Unless you were under a rock, too consumed on whether Brett Favre's ankle would heal in time to save his streak or had no access to the Internet or newspapers, you are well aware of the record-setting performance put together by Torrington's Brenden Lytton Friday night.
To quickly review, Lytton set a Connecticut record with nine touchdowns, including one on defense, in the Red Raiders' 61-28 win over Wilby. The junior running back finished with 332 yards on an astounding 42 carries and currently stands at 1,589 yards on the season with three games remaining.
The state record is held by Ansonia's Alex Thomas, who currently plays for Yale. Thomas rushed for 3,596 yards for the Chargers in 2007, shattering the mark of 3,005 yards set by Bristol Central's Tim Washington in 2000. No Torrington player has ever reached 2,000 yards in one year.
To put into perspective how ridiculous Thomas' 2007 season was, Lytton would still fall short of the record by 1,011 yards if he averaged 332 yards a game over the final three contests, the amount he rushed for on Friday. Lytton will not set that record, but you can also say Thomas never had a day that matches up to the one Lytton just had.
While it's crazy to compare high school football to the NFL, I thought, just for fun, we'd do so today.
Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans is considered by many to be the best, if not one of the top two, running backs in the league. Johnson's best game of the season came against Oakland in Week 1 as he gained 142 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. Not a bad day if you ask me.
For Johnson to match Lytton's stat total, he would have needed 15 more carries, gained 190 yards on them, and somehow finish with six more touchdowns runs. And, for good measure, he would have had to switch over to the other side of the field, pick off a pass and bring it to the house. Simply amazing.
As for next week, the Red Raiders have a fascinating game Thursday night against Sacred Heart at Municipal Stadium. The Hearts feature the top passing duo in the Naugatuck Valley League in quarterback Rohan Ifill and wide receiver David Coggins and it can be easily argued the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the league will all be on the field at the same time Thursday.
Points will not be at a premium in this one as each team's offense has been ahead of their defense all season. Sure, it's an over-used cliche, but the "whoever has the ball last" line is a definite possibillity here.
If the Red Raiders have the ball last and put it Lytton's hands, it's a pretty good bet the night will end well for them.
Gilbert/NW beat up
The Gilbert/Northwestern football team had a rough night in Coventry, losing 28-20 and suffering critical injuries in doing so.
Bobby Lippincott, Ryan Eseppi and Jon Marshall all went down with injuries in the first quarter, killing the flow of the game for the Yellowjackets, who jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. Devon Molway did everything he could to carry the load in their absence, rushing for 255 yards and three touchdowns in defeat.
The loss of Lippincott for any extended period of time would be a critical blow for the Yellowjackets as Lippincott handles the quarterack, linebacker and punter positions. It's not yet known if any of the injured players will take the field for the 5-2 Yellowjackets two Saturdays from now against Canton in Winsted.
Housatonic/Wamogo will look to rebound from its loss at Avon last week as it will travel to Stafford in two weeks. Wolcott Tech, still in search of its first win, will play host to Cromwell Saturday afternoon and Lewis Mills will travel to Haddam-Killingworth Friday night.