TORRINGTON – Torrington came out quick out of the gates at Wiseman Field, grabbing a quick 14-0 lead.
All it took was six plays defensively, holding Tongue River to a pair of three-and-outs, and it took the offense all of four plays to score twice.
Torrington knew Tongue River would respond. They did, but in the end, it wasn’t enough as the Blazers scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 42-14 victory over the Eagles.
Torrington senior quarterback Beau Bivens connected with senior receiver Kieser Wolfe, who walked into the end zone on a 10-yard pass.
On the ensuing drive, it was senior running back Carson Schultz diving for the end zone on an 11-yard run with 8:35 left in the opening quarter.
Tongue River countered with two scores of its own with the first coming at the 5:22 mark on a 1-yard run, but early in the second quarter, with Torrington driving, Tongue River picked off a Bivens pass, who took it 98 yards for a pick six to tie the game.
“I knew they were going to make some changes,” THS coach Russell Stienmetz said. “We didn’t help ourselves out at all. We gave up two big pass plays on the one series where they drove the field. Then we are getting ready to score and throw a pick six.”
The coach described the mistakes mental errors and missed assignments but stressed those are fixable.
Six minutes later, Wolfe threw a touchdown pass to senior receiver Deagan Keith for the go-ahead score.
Wolfe was far from done making big plays. He took the opening kick of the third quarter back 85 yards to put Torrington in front 28-14.
Less than a minute later, Torrington senior defensive back Chase Miller hauled in an interception which the Blazers drove down the field, and Schultz punched in his second rushing score of the night.
Torrington capped off the evening’s scoring with a second Bivens to Wolfe completion.
“He’s just an explosive player,” Stienmetz said of Wolfe. “Every time he touches the ball, he has the capability of going the distance. He has the speed. He has great hands. He sees the field.”
Bivens was 12-of-20 passing for 103 yards and two touchdown passes. Senior running back Cole Parriott rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries, while Schultz added 63 yards on 10 attempts. Wolfe ended the game with five receptions and 64 yards and an interception, while Miller had three catches for 27 yards.
“Starting so many young, inexperienced linemen, hopefully they gain some confidence from this because Tongue River is a physical team,” Stienmetz said. “We battled that and were able to put a 200 on the ground tonight.”
The Blazers (2-2 overall and 2-0 in the 2A East) travel to Upton to face Upton-Sundance (2-1 and 1-1) on Friday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
“It was a battle last year. It came down to the very end. I’m expecting that again,” Stienmetz said. “They are hungry. They are well coached, physical team like we’ve been seeing. We are going to have to rise to the occasion and be on our A-game again.”