NORWICH – Chenango Valley shot itself in the foot turning the ball over three times in the first half – twice when it was deep in Norwich territory. The Tornado’s opportunistic defense came up big for two quarters, but fortunately, the Warriors had another leg to stand on in the second half.
CV avenged a division loss to Norwich last year that eliminated it from the playoffs, and blanked the purple and white hosts on Friday, 12-0.
Quarterback Kevin Cox, sacked by Norwich four times in the first half – losing two fumbles as well – had TD runs of 17 and 42 yards in the second half to account for his team’s scoring.
“I think both teams kind of sputtered offensively in the first half, and both teams were playing pretty good defense,” said CV coach Jay Hope. “It was a case where we had to figure things out and settle ourselves down. Once we got settled, we started to run some of our stuff, and the kids got off the ball well.”
Adam Greene gave the Warriors the initial spark to start the second half. He took the opening kickoff, and nearly broke a long gainer taking it 31 yards to the Norwich 47. Unlike the first half when it stalled inside the Norwich 20 two times, CV executed its offense flawlessly. Cox found Conor Mahoney on a nine-yard pass, Greene scooted 13 yards on an outside sweep, and another Cox to Mahoney pass yielded 20 yards to the Norwich 17. In a precursor of future success, Cox kept the ball on option keeper, shed at least two tacklers, and scored the game’s first points.