TORRINGTON – It took all of four plays for Torrington to find the end zone Friday evening in a 51-0 win over the Riverton Wolverines.
The Blazer defense forced a quick three-and-out. On Torrington’s first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Casey Britton handed the ball to senior running back Bryan Lemmon who promptly broke through the Wolverine defense en route to the first of four scores on the night.
“Sometimes Senior Night can be tough,” THS coach Mark Lenhardt said. “You design plays for everyone to get the ball and do different stuff. It doesn’t really feel like your normal routine, but anytime you can hand it to No. 20, things are going to be good.”
The score set the tone for the rest of the evening.
“Him breaking that long run right away was a big play for us,” Lenhardt said.
Lemmon later added scoring runs of 5 and 13 yards and a 5-yard catch for scores.
However, it was the defense Lenhardt quickly pointed to.
“I can’t speak enough about how the defense played tonight,” he said. “They were really, really tough.”
The Blazers limited the visitors to only two first downs and 85 yards of total offense, while 16 Torrington defenders recorded at least one defense point.
On the offensive side of the field, Torrington continued to show its ability to have success in the Wildcat formation with Jared Lemmon in the backfield as he broke free on a 46-yard run midway through the second quarter to extend the Blazer lead to 27-0.
“We’ve expanded on to it,” Lenhardt said of the Wildcat. “They were putting so many guys in the box to stop the run, we knew we weren’t going to run Casey a bunch. Putting Jared in there gives us that extra blocker at the point of attack.”
Torrington managed to add two more scores before halftime. Early in the third quarter, it was senior Alejandro Chavarria coming up big on special teams with a punt block.
“That was awesome for Alejandro,” Lenhardt said. “He’s a great kid and worked his butt off for us.”
It led to a short field and a quick score for the Blazers with a 13-yard run from Bryan Lemmon.
The score pushed the Torrington lead to 51, kicking in the running clock rule for the remainder of the game.
Britton ended the game with 6-of-13 passing for 116 yards and three touchdowns, while Bryan Lemmon 168 yards on 13 attempts and three scores.
Defensively, Chavarria led the defense with 14 points, including one unassisted tackle, one fumble recovery and the blocked kick. Cade Schwartzkopf added 13 points with one assisted and one unassisted stop and five pass breakups.
The win was the final home regular season home game for 17 seniors on the Blazer roster.
“They are the best,” Lenhardt said of his seniors. “When I mean the best, I mean they are not only a talented group, they show up to work every single day. They are smart. They can adjust on the fly. Not only are they going to be great athletes, they are going to be great people. They are going to go on and have a great career, and in reality, that’s the most important thing.”
Torrington hits the road for the final two games of the season and will travel to Worland Friday evening for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
“It’s going to be a big game,” Lenhardt said. “They were 2-0 in league coming into (Friday). It’ll be a tough ballgame.”