Norwich (2-1) entertains Windsor (4-0) tonight in its division opener, and despite the Black Knights’ winless record, Norwich coach John Martinson is taking is opposition quite seriously.
“We’re treating this as a playoff week,” Martinson said. “They’re 0-0 in the division, and we’re 0-0. I told our kids, the season begins on Friday.”
Windsor has had trouble putting points on the board through four weeks, and is averaging well under 10 points per game. On the list of Windsor’s conquerors is Chenango County’s own, UV-Edmeston. “I think Windsor is pretty similar to last year,” Martinson said. “They’re pretty big up front and have some good backs. I think they will try to play power football against us.”
Norwich has won the last two meetings between these clubs, the first a 29-28 overtime win that led to an NHS division title. Norwich went into that game with Windsor as a winless team and an underdog. “We don’t want to get caught in a trap of looking at a team’s record,” Martinson said “They can give us trouble with their running game.”
After beating Chenango Forks last week, Norwich settled in for the week ahead by Tuesday. “We learned a a tough good lesson (losing to ) Sidney,” Martinson said. “It will be an emotional weekend with homecoming, and our number one job will be to play football.”
Oxford (2-2) at Bainbridge-Guilford (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Bainbridge-Guilford, guided by sixth-year head coach Tim Mattingly, has had Oxford’s number the previous four years. The Bobcats defeated the Blackhawks in each of those years, and the only loss for Mattingly to Oxford came in his first year as head coach of his alma mater. Not coincidentally, Oxford’s last win over Bainbridge-Guilford – in 2006 – was the last time the Blackhawks finished the season with a winning record.