The Torrington football team uses the ground game to roll past St. Paul



TORRINGTON – Torrington runners reinvented the term running efficiency in a 53-16 win over St. Paul Catholic that was practically over the first quarter and well over halfway on Friday night at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex.

Running back Sean Clinkscales only carried the ball three times in the first quarter, reaching 90 yards and two touchdowns in runs of 30 and 38 yards and three point-after kicks.

Then, at 21-0, he was done for the night.

Quarterback Tyler Semonich lasted another quarter before taking a seat next to Clinkscales. His grand total: four carries for 183 yards, including two touchdown runs of 80 and 67 yards and a 16-yard scoring pass for Malcolm Francis.

“(Coach) Gaitan Rodriguez is doing a great job with them,” said St. Paul first grader Joe Cianciolo after his Falcons trailed 41-8 at halftime.

“You’re very physical but I’m proud of our performance,” said Cianciolo.

Cianciolo’s team has only two players with college experience after the COVID-19 year and some who are brand new to football.

If bitter experiences count double, the 2-5 Falcons could have hit their quota this week. St. Paul postponed Saturday’s game against Crosby to Monday due to Saturday’s weather, lost 49-0 and then had only four days to prepare for the 5-3 Raiders.

“It would have been easy for them to throw in the towel, but they didn’t,” said Cianciolo.

Instead, St. Paul drove a nine-game drive in the second quarter, 29-0 down with four minutes remaining, with a 27-yard pass from Nick Dube to Erik Suzio and a 17-yard dube run that finally in a six-yard scoring pass from Ryan Kilpatrick to Jeremy Taveras, plus a two-point conversion.

“I was on that side of the score,” said coach Rodriguez. “You played hard for four quarters.”

With the game effectively over in the half, Torrington still had time to show his running depth while the Hawks continued to show their courage.

Raider Exodus Rosado entered the Torrington scoring run in the first half with a 20 yard touchdown run.

Francis ran a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Freshman Michael Ahoua took his only carry of the night 61 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.

St. Paul had the bottom line on a 50-yard run from Teveras plus a two-point conversion and two minutes before the game.

With only two games left in their regular season, the Raiders have a lot at stake.

A win next Friday in Wolcott earns Torrington the NVL Iron Division championship.

“That means the world to us after we didn’t play last year,” said Semonich.

If that happens, the Raiders could play for an M-class playoff spot in their Thanksgiving game with Watertown.

The best eight teams in each division qualify; Torrington is currently in ninth place with 105 rating points, ranking 8th Ellington’s 106.43.

“This is the time of year when you want to start putting things together,” said coach Rodriguez.



At Torrington High School

St. Paul0 8 0 8 – 16

Torrington21 20 6 6 – 53

First quarter

T – Sean Clinkscales 30 Yard Run (Clinkscales Kick)

T – Clinkscales 38 Yard Run (Clinkscales Kick)

T – Tyler Semonich 80 Yard Run (Clinkscales Kick)

Second quarter

T – Malcolm Francis 16 Yard Pass of Semonich (Exodus Rosado Pass of Semonich)

SP – Jeremy Taveras 6 yard pass by Ryan Kilpatrick (Erik Suzio pass by Kilpatrick)

T – Rosado 20 Yard Run (Kick Failed)

T – Semonich 67-yard run (pass failed)

Third quarter

T – Francis 32-yard run (knee)

Fourth quarter

T – Michael Ahoua 61-yard run (knee)

SP – Taveras 50 Yard Run (Jonathan Remy Pass from Kilpatrick)

Individual statistics

Hurry: SP – Jeremy Taveras 4 carries / 64 yards; Nick Dube 8/36; Isaiah Conner 10/46. T – Sean Clinkscales 3/90; Tyler Semonich 4/183; Exodus Rosado 3/41; Malcolm Francis 2/43; Anthony D’Angelo 4/12; Tyler Zepperi 2/21; Chris Alamo 1/1; Mason Stannard 4/61; Michael Ahoua 1/61.

Pass: SP – Jeremy Taveras 0 completes / 2 tries / 0 yards; Ryan Kilpatrick 2/5/13 / Interception. T – Tyler Semonich 1/2/16.

Records: St. Paul Catholic 2-5. Torrington 5-3.


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