Seymour football tops Torrington behind Drezek, Nimo-Setah

TORRINGTON — Seymour’s Caden Drezek and Caleb Nimo-Setah led Seymour to a convincing, 35-22 win over Torrington Friday night at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex.

“We feel pretty good,” Seymour coach Mike Kearns said. “Torrington is a heck of a football team.”

Caden Drezek, a 6-foot-3, 190-puund junior quarterback threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns on nine completions. He also ran for a score. Caleb Nimo-Sefah finished with 135 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

In its opening game last week, the Wildcats routed Wilby 56-6, but Wilby is an unknown quantity in the NVL, especially after a year without football. Torrington, on the other hand, made news in the league last week with a 27-19 win at Naugatuck, an established team, after an opening loss against Holy Cross in a game the Raiders felt they should have won.

So Seymour’s task coming to Torrington was proving their big win over the NVL’s other Wildcats was no fluke.

They did that in a hurry.

The pre-season read on Seymour cited a great arm in Drezek with a good stable of receivers.

Drezek capped an opening drive with a 54-yard scoring pass to Javae McCown for a 6-0 lead. 

Seymour’s huge line held the Raiders to just six plays before the Wildcats previewed its running game as well.

Nimo-Sefah scored on the Wildcats’ second straight scoring drive from five yards out.

A third drive featured a 45-yard pass from Drezek to Nimo Sefah and a 1-yard scoring plunge by Nimo-Sefah for a 21-0 Seymour lead in the second quarter. “My line did a great job all night,” the 5-7 senior said.

But, if Seymour has a great crew of receivers and a gifted runner, Torrington’s offensive success so far comes from its own running game, with a stable of gifted backs, including quarterback Tyler Semonich.

The Raiders got on the board with a drive featuring a 20-yard run from Semonich, another 12 from Sean Clinkscales and a final 11 from Exodus Rosado for the touchdown.

Still, it was Seymour’s half. A 54-yard pass from Drezek to Michael Rossetti setip a 1-yard Drezek scoring run and 28-7 lead at halftime.

One more spectacular throw and catch in the second half’s first series --- 49 yards from Drezek to a diving Foster in the end zone -- put Seymour in command.

“We didn’t put it together this week, but the effort was there,” Torrington coach Gaitan Rodriguez said. 

Clinkscales scored on a 5-yard run and then Torrington senior lineman Scott Rapuano had an interception to set up a 14-yard scoring run by Devin Morales. “Scott comes to practice, works hard and just waits for his time,” Rodriguez said. “Today, he was in the right place at the right time.”


SEYMOUR 14 14 7 0 - 35
TORRINGTON 0 7 8 7 - 22

S - Javae McCown 54-yard pass from Caden Drezek (bad snap)

S - Caleb Nimo-Sefah 5-yard run (Nimo-Sefah run)

S - Nimo-Sefah 1-yard run (Sean Foster kick)

T - Rosado Exodus 11-yard run (Sean Clinkscales kick)

S - Drezek 1-yard run (Foster kick)

S - Foster 49-yard pass from Drezek (Foster kick)

T - Clinkscales 5-yard run (Clinkscales run)

T - Devin Morales 14-yard run (Clinkscales kick)

Records: Seymour 2-0. Torrington 1-2.