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Celebrating the 2018 Torrington Football Team.

POSTED January 29, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington football team held their annual end of year celebration on Sunday evening at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility and toasted a group of student athletes who are part of a program designed to teach them so much more than just gridiron action.

Head coach Gaitan Rodriguez and his staff brought their 2018 team, their parents, friends and supporters together to mark the end of one journey for the nine seniors while re-enforcing for the underclassmen what it means to be part of this program.

The Raiders finished their 2018 campaign with a 4-6 record and succeeded in brining home The Helmet, thanks to their 37-20 win over rival Watertown on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.

This program starts and ends with family. It’s what drive Rodriguez and his staff on a daily basis and on this night, they got the chance to talk about the players who make up the Raider football family.

To see why the Torrington football program is in such good hands, you don’t have to look and further than the coaches table Sunday night at Chatterley’s.

You would see coaches, most former Raiders who put their heart and soul into these young men with the goal of sending them into the world prepared to make a difference.

Along with Rodriguez, two fellow ’29 Club members roam the sidelines with him.

Andrew Therriault (OL/DL) and Michael Ciesco (WR/OLB) join Rick Dubois (WR/DB) and Kevin Caruso (RB/LB) in filling out a very THS heavy staff.

Home grown talent teaching our kids, a great combination.

I want to thank coach Rodriguez and his staff for extending the invitation to me each year and allowing me to join in the celebration.

Special thanks to Tara Curry and the parent’s group for always keeping me updated on what’s going on in the world of THS football.

The volunteers that help put together these kinds of nights are the unsung heroes of all sports programs.   

2018 Torrington Football Awards

Most Valuable Raider: Ora Curry

Coaches Award: John Rocha

Most Outstanding Senior: Josh Maldonado

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Christian Estefani

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Xavier Francis

Most Outstanding Lineman: Jacob Allen

Most Outstanding Junior: Jacob Coleman

Most Outstanding Sophomore: Aidin Traver

Most Outstanding Freshman: Logan Kovall


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