TORRINGTON — After two years in Watertown, The Helmet is back in Torrington thanks to the Red Raiders’ 37-20 win over the Indians Wednesday night on a snow-dusted field at Torrington’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex.
Senior Ora Curry led the way, rushing for three touchdowns and passing for another in a stiff wind.
“It feels great,” said Curry while exhibiting a thumb cramped to his hand in the cold.
Tyler Finkler caught Curry’s touchdown pass and Josh Maldonado ran for another.
“The snow hyped me up,” Maldonado said. “I’ve never played football on snow before.”
Despite the dusting, Torrington’s turf held up well for runners, beginning with a first-quarter scoring duel between Curry (90 yards on 19 carries) and Watertown quarterback Xavier Powell (58 yards on 11 carries).
After Torrington’s Christian Estafani returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to the Indian eight-yard-line, Curry picked up the remaining yards on the next play.
Powell outdid him temporarily with a 33-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion.
But Torrington turned the corner in the second quarter on a one-yard score from Maldonado (48 yards, 8 carries) and another on an 18-yard run by Curry.
Powell was back in the third quarter with a 21-yard scoring run. Then Anthony Velardi (48 yards, eight carries) closed it to 21-20 Torrington in three more yards to the end zone.
“I said, ‘Oh no, here we go again,’” Torrington coach Gaitan Rodriguez said. “We’ve shot ourselves in the foot all season in this kind of situation.”
This time, Curry (6-for-7, 59 yards) banished Rodriguez’ worries with a 28-yard scoring strike to Tyler Finkler.
The Raiders stayed focused on The Helmet with one more rushing score for Curry (21 yards) in the fourth quarter.
“Our line was fantastic with their blocking,” Rodriguez said. “This is what it’s all about.”
The Raiders finish their season 4-6. Watertown ends at 3-7.
TORRINGTON 37, WATERTOWN 20
(At Torrington High School)
WATERTOWN 8 0 12 0 — 20
TORRINGTON 7 14 8 8 — 37
T — Ora Curry 8-yard run (Xavier Francis kick)
W — Xavier Powell 33-yard run (Powell run)
T — Josh Maldonado 1-yard run (Curry run)
T — Curry 18-yard run (run failed)
W — Powell 21-yard run (run failed)
W — Anthony Velardi 3-yard run (run failed)
T — Tyler Finkler 28-yard pass from Curry (Curry run)
T — Curry 21-yard run (Curry run)
Rushing: W — Sam St. Hilair 9 carries/30 yards; Xavier Powell 11/58; Anthony Velardi 8/48. T — Ora Curry 19/90; Christian Estafani 7/29; Josh Maldonado 14/40; Tyler Finkler ¼; Exodus Rosado ¼.
Passing: W — Xavier Powell 6 completions/17 attempts/75 yards/interception. T — Ora Curry 6/7/59.
Receiving: W — Owen Munson 2 receptions/29 yards; Artion Etemi 2/49; Anthonty Velardi 1/-1; Leo Kolonsky 1/6; Sam St. Hilair 1/2; T — Tyler Finkler 3/48; Logan Kovall 1/7; Jacob Coleman 2/14.
Records: Watertown 3-7; Torringtxon 4-6.