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Torrington's "D" responds in 58-26 win over Sacred Heart.

POSTED November 15, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


The Raiders “D” gave up just over 200 total yards of offense to visiting Sacred Heart, much of that came after the game was well in hand, in a 58-26 win on Senior Night in Torrington.
The Hearts, who came in on a bit of a hot streak, having won three of their last four, rushed for a paltry 37 yards on the night.
In the second half when the home team started to pull away with two fast touchdowns, the Hearts rushing attack went backwards to the tune of minus 15 yards.
In fact, they lost ground on 8 of 17 attempts to run the ball all game.
Torrington has now won six in a row while piling on the points in the process.
Their last three games saw the offensive throw up 58 points in each contest. The Raiders have reached the half century mark five times this season on their way to a 427 point total, tops in the entire state. The only other team over the 400 mark is Ansonia at 418 points.
Scoring has not been a challenge for the Raiders with the two-headed monster backfield duo that is destroying teams each week.
Senior Brenden Lytton, who missed all but one kickoff return a week ago in his teams 58-47 comeback win over a spunky Kennedy team, leads the Naugatuck Valley League with 2327 rushing yards in just eight games (290 per game).
Junior running back and the heir apparent to take over for Lytton in 2012, Joan Toribio, is just 16 yards away from the 1000 yard mark (984), giving Torrington two runners who have combined for 3311 yards. Amazing numbers indeed.
The ground control, time consuming drives were the order of the night on Saturday as the home team was on the offensive for 68 plays while the visitors ran 44, only 18 after halftime.
After scoring on their first drive of the second half with an eight play, 65-yard drive that concluded on a 43-yard scoring run by Lytton, the Raiders recovered the onside kick at their own 46-yard line.
Nine plays later, Lytton bounced in from 7-yards out to give the Raiders a 44-14 lead with just 3:20 left in the quarter.
The Hearts put together a 12-play, 52-yqrd drive on the ensuing possession that had them with a first and goal from the Torrington three yard line as the third quarter came to an end.
From there the Raiders defense stiffened and when Jeffrey Holder sacked Hearts quarterback Javon Martin on fourth down, leading to another fast score from the Torrington offense.
Toribio took a handoff from his own twelve yard line, followed a huge block by sophomore Ernie Tracy and was off to the races on an 88-yard burst that featured everything special about his running style.
As is the case with Lytton, Toribio is never afraid of contact and has the ability to bounce off defenders.
After breaking through several tackles, Toribio turned on the afterburners on his way down the left sideline before cutting back towards the middle at the end of the run.
His decision making in the open field, along with his strength, are two terrific weapons that have caused defensive coordinators nightmares all season.
Torrington has this week off as they prepare for their annual battle with rival Watertown on Thanksgiving Day on the road.
There is nothing the Indians would like to do more than to derail any outside hopes the Raiders have to make the playoffs in 2011.
If this seasons history is any indication, the Raiders will score points, question is can they stop the Indians as they did the Hearts.
While the Torrington Raiders football team continues to put up ridiculous offensive numbers this season, it was perhaps their defensive effort that brought a smile to their head coach, Dan Dunaj on Saturday night.

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