OWEGO – Owego Free Academy had its way with Norwich in almost every way possible. With the exception of a special teams touchdown, Norwich had few bright spots in a 32-6 Class B playoff loss to the Indians Friday night.
Owego rushed for 326 yards and finished with 440 yards of total offense against a Norwich team that parlayed a stingy defense into a second straight postseason appearance. “They did a nice job of play calling, and we didn’t expect that type of passing game,” said Norwich second-year coach John Martinson. “They had us going outside and inside as well as the deep ball. They made us defend the whole field, and they are an extremely physical team. They executed tremendously, my hat goes off to them.”
Owego didn’t truly assert full command of the game until the third period when it put three touchdowns on the board to raise its lead to four scores.
After the third-quarter kickoff put Owego at the 41, leading rusher Mark Terenzi dashed around the left end for a 40-yard gain to the Norwich 19. Two plays later, quarterback Scott Larrabee threw one of his three TD passes lofting a 10-yard score to Mark Merritt. Larrabee hit David Bensley on a slant for the two-point conversion and a 20-0 lead.
Norwich’s lone points came next when senior Morgan Crawford broke through his team’s blocking wedge, and raced 84 yards down the left sideline. The blocked extra point had Norwich within 14 points.