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Line play on both sides of the ball key to Torrington football so far.

POSTED September 25, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington football team will be in action on Friday night in their home opener after splitting their first two games of the 2019 campaign on the road.

They will face off against one of the Naugatuck Valley Leagues strongest teams, the Wolcott Eagles at 7 p.m. at the Robert H Frost Complex.

Fresh off their impressive 27-8 win over Derby on Friday night, the Raiders will look to continue doing what has been working for them so far this year.

Pounding the ball on the ground.

Over their first two games, Torrington has amassed nearly 600 yards of offense on the ground, close to 700 overall.

The hard running of quarterback Conrad Avallone (300 yards) and Christian Estefani (171 yards, including an 82-yard TD) is how they work and while it’s no secret what the Raiders are going to do most plays, it’s still not easy to stop them, not with a line that is dominating opponents on both sides of the ball.

Lines often get overlooked because unless there is a sack, there’s no stats but let’s talk some about what these lines have done this year so far.

Logan Kovall has simply been amazing, playing on different parts of the defense line while also helping block for the stellar run game.

His three sacks, one that resulted in a scoop and score for teammate Jacob Coleman changed the game Friday night.

The rest of the offensive line consists of Byrce Coudriet, Zander Romanchick, Kaimana Nokoa, Zach Sweeney, Logan Bermas with Aiden Rivera coming in to spell the regulars.

Zack Bromley and Aiden Traver have helped clear paths for whoever has the ball as blocking backs as well. 

It’s mano-a-mano. My will against yours and the work in the weight room during the off season has this group pushing defenses back.

On defense, Kovall, Bermas and Sweeney get help from Traver who has had monster moments in both games so far, recovering a fumble against Woodland and nearly scoring in the Derby game after recovering a bad snap that he picked up and took off with.

Jose Navarro is the other starting lineman with Sweeney and Rivera giving the regulars breaks when needed.

Wolcott is said to be big and fast.

This is a great test for a team that thinks they just might be dangerous this year.

Friday night under the lights at the Robert H Frost.

Come on down. 7 p.m.

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