TORRINGTON >> In dramatic fashion, it was the seniors who walked off the field as powderpuff champions after defeating the freshmen, 28-21.
With less than 30 second left, the clock running and 40-yards to go, the seniors head coach Ernie Tracy decided to run the ball with his running back Saira GranoDeoro instead of running a Hail Mary.
“I told her she had one job to do and that was to score,” said Tracy,
a senior captain on the Torrington football team.
She did exactly that, running up the sideline, untouched all the way to the end zone for the senior win.
“I knew I would run past them, no one would stop me,” she said after the win. “We can’t lose to freshmen.”
The freshman team, led by girls soccer player Alexis Tyrell stayed close with the seniors the whole game until the final play. At halftime the score was all knotted up at 14-14.
“What’s keeping the freshmen in the game is their ability to pull flags,” said Tracy after the first half of the championship game.
In the opening round, the seniors made easy work of the sophomore team led by cross country star Ashlynn Cook and their coach Red Raiders quarterback Connor Finn and his playbook. At one point the seniors scored on four straight plays, including the Statue of Liberty.
The freshmen pulled off the upset of the day defeating the juniors and setting up the matchup with the seniors.
Every fall sports team, both boys and girls, was represented during the game, with the football players and some of the boys soccer players on the sidelines coaching and boys soccer goalie Zack Paniati leading the way in the booth giving excellent play-by-play of the games.
This was the first powderpuff game and homecoming weekend at Torrington high school in some time and it’s something everyone enjoyed, from the Mr. Raider competition, to the football game Friday night and the powderpuff game along with other events.
“The whole string of events, I think it’s great for the school to do,” said Tracy. “It brings tradition back to the school.”