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Torrington/Sacred Heart, set to clash at Municipal

POSTED November 04, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON-Football is most times, a game of will

Tonight, two forces who have ‘willed’ their teams to victories during this 2010 campaign, square off.

Brenden Lytton and the 5-2 Torrington Red Raiders travel down Route 8 to face Rohan Ifill and Sacred Heart with real Copper Division and post season implications on the line for both teams.

The Raiders, who are 2-2 in division, sit in third place behind Naugatuck and Woodland, who are both unbeaten in division.

The Hearts are right their with a 1-3 division record and could pull even with Torrington with a win.

Moreover, in the playoff picture, the Hearts are closer to a playoff birth in Class s (10th) then the Raiders are in Class L (13th).

Sitting right behind both is Holy Cross who have an identical 2-2 mark in the Copper as Torrington and sit just one spot back from the Hearts in Class S in 11th.

The top eight teams play on after Thanksgiving, all three teams are trying to get to that point.

Even talking about Raiders football and the playoffs is something new in these parts.

Head coach Dan Dunaj, in just his third year at the helm, has this team believing they can do anything.

Of course, it helps to have a running back who is having an out-of-this-world season on your sideline.

Junior Brenden Lytton ran for a state record nine touchdowns a week ago in the Raiders 61-28 win over Wilby, while amassing 332 yards in the process.

Lytton has now run for 1589 yards in just seven games in 2010. It is though the THS record is 1800. That mark could go by the wayside tonight against the Hearts who bring their own All-World player with them.

Quarterback Rohan Ifill has been a force through the air for Sacred Heart so far this season, throwing for 1552 yards and 14 touchdowns, tops in the NVL.

His favorite target this year has been sophomore David Coggins, who leads the NVL with 51 receptions, 889 yards and eight scores.

Torrington will look to keep the elusive and talented Ifill on the sidelines with sustained drives, but with Lyttons’ ability to break off long runs, that may not prove possible.

This game may come down to which defense can make any kind of stand at a critical time.

Can the Raiders defensive line, led by senior Dean Tsopanidies, Dominic Sansone and Walter Lewis throw Ifill off with a strong pass rush?

Will Sacred Heart find a way to slow down the train they know is coming in Lytton or will the Raiders look to let sophomore Jason Abbott put the ball in the air more than usual?

The weather is expected to be late-November like, with a cold rain. The turf at Municipal will keep the conditions reasonable on the ground so both offensive juggernauts should be able to do their respective thing.

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