NORWICH – In a game where big defensive stops came at a premium, Unatego forged a inpenetrable wall to halt a tying Norwich touchdown drive Friday night.
Anthony Bazarnik’s fourth-down run came up one yard short of the fourth-down marker, and Unatego converted two first downs in the final 2 1/2 minutes to run out the clock and close out a 36-28 non-league victory.
The Spartans, who narrowly missed a Class C playoff spot by a mere one point, finish 7-2, while Norwich (4-5) saw its run of four straight winning seasons come to an end. “They have a heck of a football team, and we knew that coming in,” said Norwich coach John Pluta. “They’re big and physical up front, and they have a lot of speed.”
The Spartans’ double-H combination of Alex Hendrickson and Austin Henchey wreaked havoc on the Tornado defense with the aid of a tremendous surge up front. Hendrickson rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and Henchey had 88 yards on the ground and two scores.