Norwich 48, Oneonta 22
ONEONTA - Norwich put up its highest scoring performance in the John Martinson coaching era, and won its fourth straight game beating longtime rival Oneonta Friday night.
Kyle Edwards, Michael Oralls, and Michael Sutton all had two rushing touchdowns, and Edwards added a 66-yard punt return for another score. Edwards became the first Norwich player in recent memory to rush for 100 yards and catch at least 100 yards worth of passes. With his punt return, Edwards finished with 279 all-purpose yards.
“No doubt, we were very balanced running and passing the ball,” Martinson said. “Mike (Sutton) had some great hook-ups throwing it to Kyle where only he could catch it.”
Oneonta snagged the momentum early when Skylar Thompson ran 86 yards for the opening score.
The Tornado (4-1) responded with three consecutive touchdowns before halftime. Mike Oralls, Edwards, and Sutton had TD runs giving NHS a 20-8 halftime advantage. That margin grew to 33-8 in the third when Edwards scored his second TD, then ran back the punt return.
Over the next two minutes, Oneonta came together to throw a scare at Norwich. Thompson returned the ensuing kickoff after the Edwards TD return 90 yards to paydirt. Oneonta then recovered an onside kick to set up a short scoring drive. Scott Conrade’s six-yard TD run closed the Norwich lead to 33-22.
From that point, it was all Norwich. Oralls, again starting in place of injured Grant Brightman, ran 68 yards for a touchdown, and Sutton’s second TD keeper closed the math. Oralls finished with 121 yards rushing, Edwards had 113 yards on the ground to go with 100 yards receiving on five catches. Sutton threw for 107 yards on 6-of-9 attempts.
Next on the docket for Norwich is defending Class A state champion Maine-Endwell, who moved down to the Class B ranks this season. “From what we’ve seen so far, Maine-Endwell might just be the best team in the state – regardless of classification,” Martinson said. “We’re pretty impressed with them, and I’m sure most people will have us as the underdog. We’ll focus on playing our best football of the year to beat Maine-Endwell.”
JV notes: Norwich’s junior varsity team posted a 19-0 shutout win over Oneonta Saturday. Cameron Edwards threw a pair of TD passes to Everett Thompson, and Jacob Perrone added a TD run and 134 yards on the ground. Matt Craig contributed 90 rushing yards. The Norwich JV team forced numerous turnovers and had four sacks. Key players on the defensive side were Perrone, Craig, Daniel Conant, Sam Barber, and Nick Murphy.
Score by Quarters
Nor. 8 12 21 7–48
Ont. 8 0 14 0–22
O: Skylar Thompson 86 run (Lord pass to Spataro)
N: Michael Oralls 8 run (Oralls run)
N: Kyle Edwards 10 run (kick failed)
N: Michael Sutton 2 run (pass failed)
N: Edwards 1 run ( pass failed)
N Edwards 66 punt return (Stewart kick)
O: Thompson 90 kickoff return (pass failed)
O: Scott Conrade 6 run (Thompson run)
N: Oralls 68 run (Edwards run)
N: Sutton 1 run (Stewart kick)
First downs 12 10
Total yards 387 195
Rushes-yds 44-280 37-130
Passing yds 107 65
Comp-att-int 6-9-0 5-11-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Punts-avg 1-39 5-29.6
Penalties-yds 6-45 8-65
Time of Poss. 26:09 21:51
Rushing: (N) Michael Oralls, 14-121; Kyle Edwards, 13-112; Keagan Franklin, 3-17; Michael Sutton, 5-10; Jaden MacRabie, 2-7; Matt Burke, 1-6; Danny Carson, 2-6; Tristan Rifanburg, 4-1. (O) Skylar Thompson, 9-101; Scott Conrade, 14-48; Sam Sherrill, 2-11; Timmy Bemis, 1-3; Tim Kamina, 1-3; Jonathon Vega, 2-1; Mike Bitzer, 1-(-3); Brendan Lord, 7- (-34).