An unforgettable start to the Norwich football season

Most football games I cover fall into the forgettable category. Itís not out of disinterest in the teams, but due to the lack of excitement and the inequity of the two clubs. The competitive balance will swing heavily in one teamís favor, and there is typically no drama or suspense in the fourth quarter. Friday nightís season-opener at Norwich was not one of the games, and will likely end up as one of the more unforgettable contests. I get perhaps one or two of these games a year, and I can only hope I did not use up my quota.



Norwich was entertaining an Owego team that had three straight postseason appearances. It was a worthy adversary for the Tornadoís opening game, and the home club never led in the game until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. As local fans now know, Norwich eked out a thrilling 18-14 comeback victory.

Letís be real here: Norwichís ball-control, running offense is not geared toward come-from-behind wins. Itís predicated on chewing up the clock with physical running and blocking. There is the occasional pass play that catches the opposition unaware, and it was the well-timed pass play called by Norwich coach John Pluta that ultimately made the difference.


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