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Wrapping up August, bring on September.

POSTED August 31, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Well, here we go, starting another week as August gives way to September everywhere but on the thermometer.

Temperatures are scheduled to stay in the 90’ most of the week and you just have to hope that your kid’s school has air conditioning.

Here’s what’s coming your way on your home for stories you won’t find anywhere else.

…Tonight we will tape two, maybe three, Cable 5 LCS Shows from the Cablevision Studios in Litchfield. The show will start to air on Thursday, September 3 at 8 p.m. and depending upon how many we get taped, will run through the third week of September at the same time and day.

You will, however, be able to see the show before they air on LCS in our video section on Tuesday, September 1.

A great lineup is on tap as we cover everything from the local football scene to the ever popular Fantasy Football world and more.

One of the finest sports writers out there, Mr. Gerry deSimas, he of the Collinsville Press and CT Wrestling on-line will join Gilbert/Northwestern head coach Scott Salius to talk Yellowjacket football.

deSimas was the sports editor at the Torrington Register Citizen back a few years and he has extensively covered what is now known as “GN” football back during some very memorable seasons, players and coaches.

Salius is the head coach of a program we have watched him turn into one of the most consistent programs in the Northwest Corner and the Pequot League for many a year now.

The Yellowjackets have made playoff appearances in two of the last five years, just missing on a third and have played three post season games, winning one.

We will dive into the world of Fantasy Football where the average guy gets to be a General Manager for a season and believe me, this is one hot market and we will have two guys who know a thing or two about it, Kyle Weaver (Athletic Director at Litchfield High School) and pat Richardson (head coach of the THS baseball team) in studio to get us set up for the upcoming campaign in the NFL.

If he makes it back in time from a scrimmage in Wallingford, Raiders head football coach Gaitan Rodriguez will join us to talk THS football as his team prepares for their season opener on Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. against Crosby.

….Will peak in today to see the Torrington boys scrimmage against a team from Northwestern at 3:30 to see how a new group of players is shaping up for head coach Mike Fritch Jr.

The Raiders lost a bunch to graduation (Kevin Vaca, Amar Suljic and Alex Church and more) but have a number of underclassmen ready to step up.

The all-important goalie position is up for grabs as the training camp got underway last Thursday.

….The University of Connecticut football team, under second year head coach Bob Diaco, kicks off their 2015 campaign on Thursday night in East Hartford when they take on an offensive juggernaut in Villanova at 7:30.

What should Huskie fans expect out of their team this year?

“I think they can expect a high level of execution all the way around,” Diaco said during his first weekly teleconference on Monday morning, “All three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams should be more crisp.”

After a season in 2014 that featured several critical turnovers right out of the gate in game one, Diaco has a clear expectation when it comes to what the fan base will see.

“They will see ball security,” Diaco said, “If we want them to go home happy, they’ll see that. We worked very hard at it and the players have been very conscientious of it so I have no reason to believe it would change. I think UConn Country will see those elements in all three phases.”

As to whether his team is worried about the high powered “O” led by senior quarterback John Robertson, Diaco was not.

“I’m not worried, the teams not worried,” Diaco said, “Worry is not something that we are feeling. Respect, understanding those are things we are feeling. Worry is not one of them. Excitement, maybe anxiousness but not worry.”

Sure it’s a long season, or maybe it’s not with just 12 games. So getting off to a strong start on Thursday will go a long way towards determining how many fans return to the Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field down the line.

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