Norwich 19, Windsor 8
WINDSOR – The playoffs may not begin for two weeks, but Norwich is already in playoff mode taking the first of two must-win games, Friday night at Windsor.
Norwich (2-1, 3-4) held Windsor to just 84 yards of total offense, and can return to the playoffs with a win at Oneonta this coming Friday. “Our defense really stepped up and executed the game plan,” said Norwich second-year coach John Martinson. “Offensively, we had 13 first downs and were able to mix the pass and run.”
Martinson, a fan of the Miami Dolphins, used a play first executed by Dolphins great Dan Marino, to score a key touchdown at the end of the first half.
Quarterback Seth Thomsen faked a spike-down of the ball to stop the clock, and instead lofted a pass to tight end Josh Whaley for a 20-yard score. The TD upped Norwich’s lead at the half to 13-0.
“We were around the 35 and wanted to stop the clock, and we called a spike to see what Windsor’s defense was doing,” Martinson said. “In between that and the touchdown, I had told Josh to run to the end zone. There was no one in front of him, and Seth made a beautiful pass. It caught them off guard, and it was neat to see the sideline’s reaction.”
Norwich definitely did not have the game on ice, and a Windsor interception in the third quarter brought the Black Knights inside the 10, and Carim Ross’ one-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion closed the game to 13-8.
The Tornado, mixing Tyler Hoffman runs up the middle and Mackay Hotaling’s dashes to the outside, drove for the insurance touchdown in the fourth. Hoffman capped the drive with a three-yard score, his third touchdown in two weeks.
“The way we ran the ball was similar to what we did against Johnson City last week,” Martinson said. “We were able to go inside and outside, and kept the defense guessing.”
Norwich scored early in the second quarter on a Thomsen 12-yard scramble. Thomsen rolled out, cut back inside and put the Tornado up by a score.
Score by quarters
NHS 0 13 0 6–19
Wind. 0 0 8 0–8
N: Seth Thomsen 12 run (Nate Ashton kick)
N: Josh Whaley 20 pass from Thomsen (kick failed)
W: Carim Ross 1 run (Dave Whitman run)
N: Tyler Hoffman 3 run (kick failed)
First downs 13 5
Rushes-yds 48-178, 32-66
Comp-att-int 4-6-1 2-5-1
Passing yds 63 18
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Punts-avg 1-38 2-29
Penalties-yds 1-5 3-35
Rushing: (N) Mackay Hotaling, 11-54, Tyler Hoffman, 14-49, Josh Favaloro, 5-10, S. Thomsen, 8-40, McCullough, 3-14, M. Cleveland, 1-1, P. Taylor, 3-13, Nate Ashton, 3-(-3). (W) Carim Ross, 10-25, Garrett Gaeta, 9-31; David Whitman, 5-19, Marino Hogan, 3-7, Campbell, 5-(-16).
Passing (N) S. Thomsen, 4-6-1, 1 TD, 63 yds; (W) Elliot Campbell, 2-5-1, 18 yds.
Receiving: Josh Whaley, 3-58, Jon Foulds, 1-5. (W) Marino Hogan, 1-11, David Whitman, 1-7.
Delhi 14, Bainbridge-Guilford 12
BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford’s 40-yard field goal attempt in the final 10 seconds was just wide left, and Delhi hung on for a two-point victory Friday night.