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Weekly Football Preview

POSTED October 07, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON- While every game is an important one in a 10-game season, winning the ones in your own division are even more significant.

Such will be the case tonight when the Torrington Raiders face off against the Holy Cross Crusaders. Both teams come in with 2-1 records, the Raiders have a Copper Division loss (Naugatuck) while the Crusaders do not.

Cross beat up on Wilby (45-20) and St Paul (62-28) before taking it on the chin to Ansonia by a 31-0 score four days ago.

The short turnaround may help the home team, but only if they can continue to do what has made them successful in their two wins; running the ball.

Behind the running of Brenden Lytton, who could pass the 600 yard mark tonight, the Raiders dominated the line of scrimmage against East Lyme and Seymour but had trouble against Naugatuck, their only loss.

Sophomore quarterback, Jason Abbott has shown he can stay calm under pressure and get off accurate passes, something that will become more and more important as teams focus on stopping the running game.

The Crusaders won in 2009 by a 19-0 score and are led by bruising running back, Brandon DiClementi, who has rushed for over 400 yards so far this season.

Coginchaug (2-0) at Lewis Mills (1-1)- 7 p.m. at Muzzy Field, Bristol

The Spartans, after an early season bye, hope to slow down a Coginchaug Blue Devils team that is off to a fast start.

The Blue Devils beat Wolcott Tech (42-13) and Haddam-Killingworth (35-12) while the Spartans won their program opener by a 20-13 score over Granby Memorial before dropping a 40-0 decision to a tough Valley Regional/Old Lyme squad.

Mills is led by quarterback Zane Milbourne and running back Dave Orie.

Stafford/East Windsor (0-3) at Gilbert (3-0)- 7 p.m., Van Why Field, Winsted.

Under the portable lights at Van Why Field, the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellow jackets (3-0) will try and keep rolling along against a team that they cannot afford to look past.

While Stafford comes in with an 0-3 record, not getting up for every team has been the downfall of many an overconfident team.

Count on head coach Scott Salius and his coaching staff; the “GN” unit will be reminded to play hard every time out.

How impressive have the Yellowjackets been so far this season?

One only needs to look at the standings in the Pequot Uncas division and see there is just one undefeated team left and they play up Route 8 in Winsted.

The ‘Jackets took care of an old nemesis in week one when they beat Haddam-Killingworth by a 28-21 score.

Week two saw them pound Granby Memorial by a 39-7 score and a score was settled when they beat up on Ellington by a 33-18 score.

The Ellington win was particularly sweet because it was the Purple Knights who came out ahead in 2009 by a 12-6 score in overtime, essentially eliminating the Yellowjackets from post season action.

Avoiding a trap game against a team they should beat will be critical to the effort for the post season in 2010.

Housatonic (2-1) at Ellington/Somers (0-2)- 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers look to bounce back from a tough, 34-7 loss to a powerful team from Enfield last Saturday in Falls Village.

Ellington can’t be in a good mood after being thumped by the Yellow jackets a week ago, making the Mountaineers job that much tougher.

In their first two games, both wins, senior back Tanner Brissett ran wild, gaining over 400 yards in the two wins.

Against a deep and talented Raiders team, the entire offense of the Mountaineers had trouble getting anything going.

Getting the single-wing back in gear will be crucial for head coach Deron Bayer and his team.

Hyde Leadership (3-0) at Wolcott Tech (0-3)- 3 p.m. in Torrington

The Wildcats easily get the award for toughest game of the week when they take on a powerhouse from Hyde (3-0)on their home field.

Hyde has been playing close games so far this year but has been able to hang on versus talented teams from Avon (20-18), Cromwell (12-7) and Morgan (14-7).

The Wildcats lost the ability to play one of their home games last weekend because of poor field condition and had to play SMSA on the road at Trinity University in Hartford, on turf.

Keeping Hyde off the field while getting the Wildcats running game going will be key in this one.

Look for updated score, as they happen on Friday night from our reporters in the field.@

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