TORRINGTON — Torrington football won an emotional game against Wilby at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex 34-12 Friday night.
The Red Raiders (4-2) beat Wilby 46-0 last year, but a much-improved Wildcat team (3-3) came to Torrington with its sights set on revenge in a battle marred by personal fouls on both sides and a brief game-ending brawl with 2:13 left on the clock.
“It’s a very embarrassing way to end a game, but I’m proud of our guys. They kept plugging away,” said Torrington coach Gaitan Rodriguez.
The Raiders did just that on their first touchdown. Starting on the Wilby 41 after a Wildcat fumble late in the first quarter, Torrington marched to the Wilby 9 before Conrad Avallone scored the first of his two touchdowns on a run seconds into the second period.
Leading 7-0 in the third quarter, Jacob Coleman ripped off a 33-yard scoring run to widen the margin.
On Wilby’s following series, Torrington sophomore Sean Clinkscales intercepted a pass by freshman quarterback Aaron James, running it back 45 yards for another Raider score.
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James made up for it with an 8-yard pass to DeShaun Wilson, who lateraled to Andres Urena for a Wildcat touchdown.
James started the fourth quarter with a 50-yard scoring pass to Rackwon James, but the rest of the game belonged to the Raiders.
After Wilby bad snap and a Wildcat personal foul started Torrington on the Wilby 20-yard line, Clinkscales had his second touchdown on a 20-yard run.
The final straw for the emotions came with Avallone’s 9-yard touchdown with 2:13 left in the game.