Chenango Forks 23, Norwich 0
NORWICH – Chenango Forks’ Section IV winning streak of over 50 games and five years without a loss was halted earlier this season by Corning East. Still, one streak remains, and that is a division winning streak of six years as the Tornado fell to the Blue Devils Friday night.
Chenango Forks, with no division losses along with Windsor, is assured another Class B postseason berth after this win. “Forks is a heck of a football team, but we’re proud of the effort of our kids,” said Norwich coach John Pluta. “Our kids played a terrific game.”
Norwich, which suffered its first two-game losing streak in a 3-4 campaign, did little offensively for a quarter and a half, and the Blue Devils’ running-back-by-committee approach led to a pair of scores.
Quarterback Bryan Lance hit paydirt on a one-yard keeper, and Lance threw a six-yard scoring pass to Jason Gildea in the second.
Norwich sustained its first offensive drive late in the half, but was derailed by a five-yard procedure penalty.
Bending but not breaking, Norwich halted a 75-yard Forks drive in the third quarter in which the Blue Devils came as close as the one-foot line. A five-yard penalty forced a field goal.
Down 17 points, Norwich drove from its 15 all the way to Forks 25 getting first-down runs from Chris Mattingly and Brennan Ryan. a fumbled center-to-quarterback exchange ended that drive.
Dylan Warner added a 13-yard scoring run in the fourth, and Forks finished with 322 yards rushing as four backs had at least 51 yards rushing. “Penalties and mistakes kind of got us off our stride,” Pluta said. “Those types of things hurt against good teams like Chenango Forks.”
Norwich (3-4) plays at longtime rival Oneonta on Friday.