NORWICH – In the span of three weeks, Norwich has gone from a winless club struggling to score points, to a team that is now one win from a Section IV division championship.
The Tornado had what was by far their best offensive performance of the season, and they held Oneonta to 20 points below its season scoring average in a 30-14 win on homecoming weekend here Friday night.
The brothers Hotaling, Christian and Mackay, each rushed for 123 yards, the first time in the modern era that brothers at Norwich had 100-plus rushing days in the same game.
Christian, the senior, had a deju vu moment in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, and the resulting action was nothing short of satisfying redemption. Returning to the action for the first time since week two, Hotaling barreled for a 16-yard TD run that upped the Norwich lead to 23-14. Halfway through the run, Oneonta defensive back, Ian Clemons, came up to make a hit that was low and hard on Hotaling. Hotaling literally ran over Clemons on his way to paydirt.
Earlier this season, Hotaling was in the midst of a long run against Owego, but after getting hit low by an Indians’ back, he fumbled the ball away.
“I was playing with a broken finger the first couple of weeks, and that one time I fumbled, the guy came up and hit me on the finger,” Hotaling recalled. “My fingers are protected now, and I just wanted to take (Clemons) on.”