GREENE – Norwich was not in a sharing mood on Saturday.
In a game that was shifted from Chenango Valley High School to Greene’s newly-installed field turf due to poor field conditions, the Purple Tornado made the Trojans’ field their own for a day, and completed a perfect run through division play with a 21-7 win over Chenango Valley Saturday afternoon.
Win or lose, Norwich was in the playoffs, but it much preferred an outright Section IV Division III championship over a three-way tie with CV and Oneonta.
“We didn’t want to share this title with anyone,” said Norwich first-year coach John Martinson. “To go into the playoffs as the number two seed...we’ve been playing too good of football for that, and we believed we earned this. That’s why I’ve been carrying this (division title) patch around. We weren’t going to cut this into threes – this is ours.”
Norwich’s improved offensive play took control on its first drive of the game. An Alex Williams sack of CV signal-caller Ricky Rufflo on third down forced a punting situation.
Norwich advanced to the Warriors’ seven, but a penalty led to a missed field goal.
Norwich’s defense again stiffened, and this time NHS finished its drive. Christian Hotaling roughed up the CV defense with a powerful 24-yard inside run, and the burly senior rambled six yards for the TD.