TORRINGTON >> This season Desmond Langs was the Torrington Red Raiders’ top offensive weapon, catching 61 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns, which resulted in being the lone Torrington player selected for the Super 100 Classic all-star game.
“Being able to represent Torrington, it’s cool, it’s an honor,” Langs said. “I’m definitely going to be playing for Torrington, a lot of pride.”
He will suit up for Team Nutmeg and sees the game as an opportunity to compete with some of the best the state has to offer.
“It’s an opportunity to play against the best players in Connecticut, playing with a bunch of guys who are going to play at the college level,” said Langs, who is continuing his career at East Coast Prep, in Great Barrington, Mass. next season. “It’s helpful, getting ready for the next level. Football is my passion and it’s great to go on and play at the next level.”
Langs though the lone Red Raiders’ player isn’t they only representative from Torrington, head coach Gaitan Rodriguez who just finished his first season with the Red Raiders is an assistant coach on Team Nutmeg.
“It’s always fun to have another chance to play for him,” said Langs, who added him and his coach are working hard, but also having some fun. “A little of both, we’re close.”
Before taking over at Torrington, Rodriguez was the offensive coordinator under Team Nutmeg head coach John Ferrazzi.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to coach with him, it’s good to represent Torrington,” Rodriguez said. “I was ecstatic when Desmond was taken.
“It’s great, fortunate that he’s on my team, there are head coaches and players who are on other teams,” he added. “Desmond works really hard and impressed the coaches enough to pick him.”
When Langs walks out onto the field on Saturday, 4:30 p.m. is kickoff, at Rentschler Field to take on Team Constitution, he admits he will have some nerves.
“I’m nervous and excited for this,” he said. “I’m a competitive guy and I hate losing, I am going to give it everything I have.”
For Rodriguez it will be his first time on the field level at the place the UConn Huskies football team calls home.
“I’m excited, I’ve never been on field level,” Rodriguez said. “To be a part of it, it’s an honor; it’s going to be a lot of fun to represent Torrington football.
“Mostly I am proud of Desmond.”