Woodland rolls Raiders in football opener
TORRINGTON – There was much the Torrington High football team didn’t do in it is opening game against Woodland Friday night at the Robert t H. Frost Complex. But maybe it didn’t matter, at least in terms of the final score.
The Hawks Edit Krivca at least suggested that no matter what the Raiders did it wouldn’t have changed the final result, a 35-0 Hawks victory that included running time the last 16 minutes or so due to the insurmountable lead.
Not that the Raiders don’t have plenty to work on and you can believe that coach Gaitan Rodriguez will have them focusing on the multitude of areas of improvement , but give Krivca his due. He scored on four touchdowns on runs of 29, 1, 65 and 85 yards enroute to 275 yards on 22 carries.
Yeah, the Raiders could have played better. But winning? Krivca, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards a year ago in a 5-5 season, had the last say on that.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my front line,” said the 5-foot-8, 180 pound Krivca who has set 1,500 yards as a goal this year. “We’ve been playing together since sophomore year for 20 games. They pick up the blitzes make the blocks. They are my wall.”
Krivca's posse of protection included Peter Rosato, Joe Shea, Alek Tolboe, Josh Hassan and Ryan Knobel. And the group opened some mighty holes.
Krivca administered the devastating blow as part of a 1:46 span to start the second half that turned a game that still had plenty of outcome curiosity to it into a done deal. On Woodland’s first play from scrimmage of the second half, Krivca took a handoff up the middle, darted to the outside for a 65-yard scored to up the Hawks’ lead to 21-0.
“Defensively we did a lot of good things in the first half,” said Torrington coach Gaitan Rodriguez. “When we gave up that score it kind of deflated us.”
One possession later after Woodland’s Josh Hassan intercepted a pass at the Torrington 20-yard line, Hawks’ quarterback Tyler Bulinski hooked up with Justin Marks in the corner of the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
A little more than halfway through the period. Krivca was at it again bolting 85 yards for a score to put the lead into a running time scenario for the rest of the game.
` “We just kept it basic and hoped to come out and execute (in the second half),” said Woodland coach Chris Moffo. “ (Edit) is hard working, never misses a day and is a great leader.”
Despite the final margin, Torrington had its opportunities. The Raiders started five drives in Woodland territory only to come up empty. At the end of the first half, they had the ball on Woodland’s nine-yard line only to have the drive come up empty with a missed field goal at the end of the first half.
Simply, the Raiders struggled to move the ball. Torrington managed just 14 yards on the ground and 66 total yards in the first half compared to Woodland’s 260 yards. For the game, Torrington finished with 140 total yards while Woodland racked up 400 yards on the ground.
“We didn’t have enough time for our screens and at times we didn’t call the right plays,” said Torrington quarterback Ora Curry. “And I think effort played into it. I thought we had a letdown after they scored the first time in the second half.”
“We were unable to run as effectively as we wanted and it impacted our passing game,” added Rodriguez.
Woodland got on the board on its first possession when Zach Cochran got loose for a 51-yard bolt down the sideline followed by Krivca’s 29-yard run up the middle for a 7-0 lead just 3:37 into the first quarter.
A 15-play drive midway through the second quarter capped off by Krivca’s 1-yard run made it 14-0 before the half.
While scorewise the game still hung in the balance, Torrington was unable to give any hint of a comeback and the two touchdowns in the third quarter ended any doubts in the outcome.