ORWICH – The Purple Tornado blew through the Windsor defense in the first quarter with little impedance.
Norwich junior Kyle Edwards raced for 67 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, and the host team had four touchdowns on the board before the capacity crowd had sipped down its coffee and hot chocolate in a 36-14 victory Friday night on homecoming weekend.
It was an impressive division-opening win for Norwich (1-0, 3-1), who racked up 245 yards of offense in the first quarter on just 15 plays.
Edwards rushed for 108 yards and two scores, and senior quarterback Seth Thomsen had two scoring runs as well. Senior Patrick Taylor made it a 36-6 game early in the second quarter on a 27-yard TD jaunt. At that point, Norwich coach John Martinson began to liberally substitute his reserve players.
“We had a great scouting report on (Windsor) and we knew we could take advantage of the three hole (outside),” Martinson said. “We drew that first play up on the board, and I told the guys if they come out with confidence, we’ll execute. We executed the game plan to perfection, and that’s the key. It’s not about one guy, it’s about all of us.”
Edwards took a pitch from Thomsen, found a seam on the left side, stepped through one tackler’s attempt, and raced home for the opening score with just 14 seconds off the clock.
After holding Windsor on three plays, Thomsen returned the ensuing punt 24 yards just past midfield. A 15-yard Black Knights penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on the punt return allowed the Tornado to advance to the 34. Again, Norwich lopped off yards in big chunks, and Edwards’ second score – a two-yarder in which he dove over the goal – put the host team up a pair of scores.