Torrington (Conn.) High running back Brenden Lytton didn't just have a big game in Friday night's 61-28 rout of Wilby (Conn.) High, he had an all-time record game.
According to the Litchfield County Register Citizen, Lytton scored a state-record nine touchdowns during a 332-yard rushing performance in the Raiders' latest victory. He also added five extra points for good measure, pushing his personal single-game scoring total to an astounding 59 points.
"This team is a family," Torrington coach Dan Dunaj told the Register Citizen. "Brenden deserves everything he gets and his teammates are always behind him."
On Friday, Lytton was able to push for the state record in part because Wilby found just enough offense to keep the game going and avoid the state's new "mercy rule." According to Connecticut regulations, if a team wins a game by 50 or more points, that team's coach is suspended for the following week's contest, providing ample incentive to avoid blowouts at all costs. Torrington never hit that point, despite flirting with it a number of times because of Lytton's productivity. The senior had already surpassed the 100-yard mark (he had 154) and racked up four touchdowns by halftime.
That's when he kicked into a record-breaking gear for the second half.
"I'm well conditioned," Lytton told the Register Citizen. "I play three sports (football, track and basketball) so I love getting as many carries as I can. ...
"They have been blocking great for me all season," Lytton said. "What happened out there tonight was unbelievable."
By game's end, Lytton had reached the end zone on runs both short and long, with his scoring rushes alone forming a sort of incorrectly solved Sudoku puzzle. The running back scored from 1, 41, 11, 2, 15, 3, 41 and 47 yards respectively. Then he added the state-record ninth touchdown on an interception of a fake punt, which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Then, at the end of a long night for Lytton and Wilby -- with opposite reactions of course -- all were left to reflect on a remarkable and almost unbelievable one-man performance.
"What a honor it is to block for a back like that," Torrington senior offensive lineman Dean Tsopanidies told the Register Citizen. "Once he gets to the second level, watch out."
Wilby saw all too much of that second level on Friday night.