Blazers knock off Tongue River

Dawn Bivens/Courtesy Torrington Telegram Torrington senior Dylan Dreiling chases down Tongue River quarterback on Saturday.

DAYTON – After a slow start Saturday evening, the Torrington High School football team put away the Tongue River Eagles, 40-14.

“In the first quarter, we were able to get into the red zone, but we weren’t able to capitalize,” THS coach Russell Stienmetz said. “After that, we were able to regain our focus and gain valuable yards behind our line. We are getting a little more assignment sharp with our blocks.”

Torrington turned the ball over twice when threatening to score, but after the scoreless first, the Blazer defense recovered a fumble, setting up the game’s first score with 9:46 left in the half.

“We were putting pressure on their o-linemen and getting penetration into the backfield from our big d-lineman,” Stienmetz said. “They came up huge throughout the entire game. They were commanding double teams, allowing our backers to get to the ball and make good clean tackles.”

Nine minutes later, as the half was coming to a close, the Blazers went for it on 4th-and-goal punching it into the end zone take a two-score lead into the locker room.

The Blazers added two more scores in the third quarter and fourth quarter, extending their lead to as many as 40 before Tongue River found the end zone with five minutes left in the game.

Over the final five minutes, the Eagles scored twice to close out the game.

No stats were available at press time.

“It was good to go up that far and get a ‘W’,” Stienmetz said. “Now we have to regain our focus for Upton-Sundance.”

The Blazers (3-1 overall and 2-0 in the 2A East) hosts Upton-Sundance (3-0 and 2-0) for Homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“They are a very good team. Very disciplined team,” Stienmetz said. “You aren’t going to get any freebees from this team. Very well coached. They play hard. We need to be very sharp and bring our A-game. They have a balanced attack after watching film of them against Wheatland.”

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