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Torrington football takes on Ansonia,

POSTED September 30, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Well, it most assuredly feels like fall out there, even if we can’t squeeze much moisture out of the clouds that have been around us the last few days.

Tonight at the Robert H Frost Complex at Torrington High School, the Raiders football team faces a challenge that might benefit from some foul weather as they take on state powerhouse Ansonia at 7 p.m.

The Chargers are coming to down to face a 1-2 Torrington team that defines the definition of young and inexperienced.

Torrington brought back just one player who started on the offense a year ago and just three who did on the defensive side.

Ansonia comes in 3-0 and has outscored their opponents by a 140-28 margin so far. The game of the year for the Naugatuck Valley League appears to be on October 27 when the Chargers host Seymour, who has also yet to drop a game.

After the Chargers, Torrington host St Paul (2-1) before going on the road to tackle Holy Cross (1-2) and Kennedy (2-1).

The young Raiders simply need game experience and while tonight may not end the way they would like, taking baby steps towards getting their offense and defense to experience good things will be critical.

I get a feeling that one of Torrington’s favorite weapon from a year ago, “Monster” may just be featured more often over the next few games.


It’s easy to understand and the team buys into it, which is critical to it working.

….On Saturday, I’ll take a ride up to Winsted to take in a game between the Gilbert Yellowjackets and Windsor Locks at 2:30 p.m. at Van Why field at the high school.

‘GN” is off to a great start at 3-0 and is ranked third in the state Class M ranking after three games.

The ‘Jackets are also rolling on offense while being stingy on the defensive side of the ball, outscoring their opponents by a 134-25 margin in wins over Lewis Mills, Canton and Nonnewaug.

Their toughest test of the season to date will come next week when they travel to take on Stafford/East Windsor/Somers on Friday night.

….Ah, the New York Mets.

I’ve always felt that the year after everything breaks your way and you make it to the World Series is the toughest.

A year after winning the National League East, sweeping the Chicago Cubs and making it to the big dance, one of those things you can’t predict but as a Mets fan don’t find really hard to fathom, almost everything that could go wrong with their amazing young pitching staff has.

Who would have thought that we would be looking at a 43 (maybe, maybe not) year old Bartolo Colon for crucial wins?

Harvey, DeGrom, Matz and Wheeler (who never even made it back from 2015) all down.

Thor (Noah Syndergaard) is the only one left from the Fab 5 that was supposed to spell an automatic return to the Fall Classic.

Yet here they are, masters of their own fate. If they win two games this weekend against the lowly Phillies, they take the top Wild Card spot and host a playoff game in Queens next Wednesday.

Tonight on the mound?

The immortal Robert Gsellman, who has actually been a blessing since pressed into service due to the injuries.

So, unless a monumental collapse (there is recent history of that with this team, just saying) occurs, the 2016 campaign should press on for the Mets who better pray their offense continues to rake as it has the past week.





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