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Curry to start for Raiders.

POSTED September 02, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It's been a good long time since the temperature dropped like it has over the past week, making the end of August feel something like the first week of October but I'm not sure we can really complain.

For local high school athletes who have flocked back to the fields and courts in our area, not melting under temps in the 90's certainly can't be a bad thing.

A look around at what has been cooking of late and what's on deck.

---Stopping in to take a look at a football scrimmage on Friday night at Torrington High School as the Raiders hosted the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellowjackets before an impressive crowd that turned out to support two of the strongest programs in the area.

"GN" is coming off an 8-2 record that left them just short of their third post-season berth in the last decade and return a great deal of the firepower that led them to that terrific regular season mark.

The Raiders are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 4-6 mark a year ago that followed a stellar 9-1 record and a playoff appearance the season before.

Graduation hit Torrington hard, making last year a growth year that would have felt better if the team had finished the year with a win on Thanksgiving against rival Watertown but a turnover filled effort saw them fall by a 42-20 to the Indians.

2017 kicks off for the Raiders on Friday night at Seymour with a new quarterback behind center in junior Ora Curry.

Curry has looked good over the pre-season this summer and has a field poise that you can't teach.

Against the 'Jackets, he was adept at making something out of nothing at times when plays broke down, scrambling his way out of trouble for positive gains.

He understands what head coach Gaitan Rodriguez wants him to do while he is on the field and has embraced the leadership role that is needed in his position.

Senior Dylan Myrie has several of his signature long, fast runs towards the end zone and is the main offensive threat at this point for the Raiders.

There will be plenty of opportunities for others to step up this year for Torrington, they will need a team effort as they start the season with three interesting games.

At Seymour on Friday, followed by their home opener on September 15 against Wilby and a date with the Naugatuck Greyhounds on Friday, September 22.

Torrington is now in Class M in football and join the Wildcats and "GN" in that class.

---For the Yellowjackets, who are led by head coach Scott Salius, they kick off their 2017 on Friday, September 8 under the lights at home as they take on Old Saybrook/Westbrook, a team that posted an 8-2 mark and just missed out on the playoffs.

They stay home to take on Rockville (3-7) the following Saturday before hosting Stafford/East Windsor/Somers in week three, a team that hung one of two losses on the Yellowjackets a season ago.

"GN"looked good on offense on Friday night and had some spark on the defensive side of the ball as well.

Brad Lissy and Billy Komons are the team leaders on the field and have consistently put up strong numbers in the running game and through the air.

Two strong programs, run by two of the best coaching staffs in the region.

Should be another fun year on the gridiron.

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