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Local football teams battling for playoff position

POSTED November 09, 2010
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

For the Torrington fans on hand at Municipal Stadium Thursday night, it would have been easy to think the Red Raider defense was having a bad game as Sacred Heart’s Rohan Ifill moved the ball downfield all night in every way imaginable.

Truth be told, there was nothing Torrington could have done. Ifill is on his own planet. Very rarely do you lose, let alone by 15 (42-27), when your team has a rusher go off for 246 yards and three touchdowns like Brenden Lytton did for the Red Raiders.

But thanks to Ifill, who threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, Sacred Heart was able to keep its state playoff hopes alive by beating Torrington. For record-keeping purposes, Ifill also rushed for 163 yards and two more scores.

It'd be interesting to see how Sacred Heart would fare if it does reach the postseason. The Hearts do not have the deepest roster out there, but at their offensive-skilled positions, they are as strong as it comes with David Coggins (59 catches, 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns) and Denzel Washington at wide receiver and David Plaza (17 catches, five touchdowns) at tight end.

Currently, the Hearts (5-3) occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in Class S with two tough home games against Woodland and Wilby left on the schedule.  Naugatuck Valley League foe Ansonia, at 8-0, is rated first in Class S.

You can be sure the Chargers wouldn’t be too thrilled to see Ifill and his NVL-leading 1,937 passing yards and 19 touchdowns if that matchup were to occur.

Torrington, on the other hand, had its playoff hopes take a major hit with the loss to the Hearts and is now ranked 16th in Class L. Needless to say, the Red Raiders must win its final two games (at St. Paul, home on Thanksgiving against Watertown) and pray for some help if a playoff spot were to be in the cards.

Gilbert/Northwestern returns to action

The Yellowjackets, coming off a tough 28-20 loss at Coventry and a bye week, have had their sights set on a playoff berth for two years now. Last season, they were alive in the Class M race until Week 9, and are still alive right now, ranked 12th.

On Saturday, “GN” (5-2) will play its first home game in 21 days as Canton visits Winsted.  Their loss at Coventry two weeks ago was as frustrating as it gets. The Yellowjackets not only blew a 14-0 lead, but lost three players to injury in the process.

Following the Canton game, the Yellowjackets will travel to Avon next week and then to Falls Village for the Thanksgiving Berkshire Bowl against Housatonic/Wamogo.

Up ahead

Housatonic/Wamogo also had a bye last week and will play Friday at Stafford in its final road game of the season. The Mountaineers (3-4), who lost at Avon in their last game two weeks ago, finish the season with home battles against Granby and Housatonic/Wamogo.

Lewis Mills returns to the field Saturday at Cromwell following its unexpected/unwelcomed bye week thanks to the bench-clearing brawl with North Branford two weeks ago. Because of the suspensions handed out by the CIAC to players who left the bench during the melee, the Spartans were unable to field a team last week and were forced to forfeit.

Wolcott Tech has its bye this week.

Thanksgiving schedule set

It was recently announced that the Wolcott Tech-Lewis Mills Thanksgiving game will be played Wednesday that week at Simsbury High School. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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