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Lytton, Tsopanides earn All-State and All NVL honors; Peqout League awards announced.

POSTED December 17, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON - The post season awards are pouring in for local football standouts and two made the ultimate list, All State.

From Torrington High School, running back Brenden Lytton was named to the Coaches Class L, All-State team along with one of the main forces who opened those holes for Lytton, Dean Tsopanides.

He was also named to the New Haven Register All-State team on the offensive line.

Lytton, whose Raiders posted a 7-3 record in 2010, rushed for a school-record 2,362 yards and 29 touchdowns.

His nine-touchdown effort against Wilby set a new State record for a single game. Not bad for a player who was supposed to be a receiver when the season started.

Both players also garnered All-Naugatuck Valley honors.

Gilbert/Northwestern: All-First Team Pequot League offense included quarterback Bobby Lippincott, wide receiver Drew McCarthy, tight end Sean Fitzgerald, center Jim Schmitz and offensive/flex player, Devon Molway.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kyle Jones was chosen at linebacker while Charlie Shea made the list at defensive tackle.

The Yellowjackets made it to the Class M semifinals after posting an 8-2 regular season record.

It was the first trip to the playoffs for “GN” and included a 41-6 win over Plainville in the quarterfinals.

Housatonic/Wamogo: The Mountaineers placed three players on the All-Pequot League team, including the schools new top rusher, Tanner Brissett.

Brissett finished a stellar career with the Mountainers with over 4,200 yards rushing in just over three years.

He is now the school’s all time leading rusher and is ranked 17th all-time in the State, according to the CIAC website.

Joining Brissett where Jake Foley, who earned All-League honors for Utility player (linebacker) and won the schools, “Black Shirt Award”, for his defensive leadership.

Sophomore Mark Wildman was named to the All-League team at offensive tackle.

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