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Lytton leads Torrington to 22-8 win over Kennedy

POSTED October 16, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Municipal Stadium, Waterbury- If the Torrington Red Raiders football team has a motto, it would be this:

“In Brenden Lytton We Trust.”

The senior running back took his team on his back against the Kennedy Eagles and carried them to a 22-8 win.

Lytton rushed for 242 yards on 37 carries, moving him over the 1,000-yard mark midway though the season, while adding two touchdowns for good measure.

The win, the team's third in a row, gives Torrington a 4-1 overall mark and separates itself from the bottom of the pack in the Copper Division of the Naugatuck Valley League.

Its 2-1 division record is second only to Naugatuck and Woodland (2-0), the latter will be in Torrington for a crucial match-up next Saturday night.

This game had a little of everything, and some things you may not ever see again (those involved probably don’t want to see the plays again).

There was a safety in the first quarter that came about off an Eagles punt that traveled five yards forward form the Kennedy end zone, then curled back into the end zone for the safety.

The ball hit and reversed field like a Tiger Woods chip that came back towards the cup, only this was football.

There were two kickoffs that went for negative yards by the Raiders, who where trying to recover an onsides kick in both cases.

A curious time-out in the third quarter by the Eagles seemed to have the opposite effect of what was intended.

The great drive seemed to lose steam after the break and the Raiders defense, which had been back on their heels before the time-out, was able to recover and take the ball back on a lateral that the visitors recovered.

Up 2-0, the Raiders had chances to put more points on the board but were unable to take advantage of a defense that was giving them great field position.

Seniors Dominic Sansone and Dean Tsopanidies were playing inspired, fired up defense and the Raiders finally converted off a Kennedy fumble early in the second quarter to get on the board again.

Lytton scored on a fourth and two from the Kennedy five with 8:08 left in the half for the 9-0 lead.

It appeared the visitors were going to have a chance to add to their lead when the defense, led by Sansone, forced an Eagles punt.

A bad snap forced Devonte Reddick to bobble the ball inside his own territory but the quick thinking senior took the ball down and raced 56 yards for a stunning touchdown that got the Eagles right back in the game.

Kennedy quarterback Devon Petty got his teams running game going out of a Wildcat set and finished the game with 107 yards rushing.

The teams went in at the half with the score 9-8, Torrington.

After deferring on the opening coin toss, the Raiders got the ball first to start the third and started doing something they repeat over and over again in the second half.

They handed the ball to their guy, the one that gets it done.

“We have pure faith in Brenden, “Sansone said, “He works so hard, he makes you want to run behind him.”

From their own 31, Lytton got the handoff on nine consecutive plays, all the way down to the Eagles 12, including one that showed the gambling side of their head coach.

Facing a fourth and two from their own 39, Dan Dunaj went for it even though if they didn’t make it, they would give the home team great field position.

“The ball was wet and it’s slippery out there,” Dunaj said, “Anything can happen so I put my trust in our line and Brenden.”

Lytton would pick up the first on a 12 yard run but the drive stopped when sophomore quarterback, Jason Abbott tripped as he turned from center, fumbled the ball and Kennedy recovered.

A 17-play Eagles drive ensued from their own ten and was steamrolling down the field when a time out was called by the home team with the ball on the Torrington 18-yard line.

Petty was making things happen with his feet and with his arm but the break seemed to back fire as the Raiders had a chance to get off their heels and back into control.

Walter Lewis and Tsopanidies combined on a huge sack of Petty which eventually led to a fumble recovery by Torrington on a lateral.

Given the ball on their own 42, the Raiders gave itl to a running back who is having one special year so far and we are just at the halfway mark.

Six consecutive hand-offs to Lytton took the ball to the Eagles 12-yard line where Jared Williams took in in for a 15-8 lead.

Lytton would add his second score with just over five minutes to go on a 21-yard scamper.

And this one was in the books.

They are going to give the ball to the player they trust; good luck stopping him.

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