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Torrington football places third in 40-team Strong Man Competition.

POSTED July 27, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: They say that football games are won in the trenches.

If that’s the case, the Torrington Raiders football team is doing everything in their power to make sure they have enough power to make that a reality come this fall.

On July 18, the Raiders placed third out of 40 teams in an offensive line competition that was held at Berlin High School.

“To come in that high was something,” Raiders head coach Gaiton Rodriguez said, “It was a strong man competition with 40 teams invited.”

The event was won by Darien with Southington finishing in the Raiders next in a competition that included everything from bench pressing, a heavy bag push, a crab sled relay, move the mountain, a one man sled relay, a tire flip relay and a truck push.

Torrington hits the practice field for conditioning starting on August 17 as they prepare for their season opener against Crosby on Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Their five home games are against the Bulldogs, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Ansonia and Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech while they travel to take on Woodland, Derby, Oxford, St Paul and their season ending match up on Thanksgiving Day against Watertown.

Rodriguez likes what he sees so far this year in his team, at least in the weight room and at this first competition.

“I really like the make-up of this team,” Rodriguez said, “This could be a pretty good year. I can't wait to get back out there.”

Raiders fans may be in for a treat as well if the team wins those key battles on the line of scrimmage. 

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