NORWICH – The picture is looking a lot brighter over at Norwich than it did three weeks ago.
The Purple Tornado won their third straight game, and in doing so, ended a five-year absence of wins beating Chenango Valley 42-20 Friday night in the showcase attraction on homecoming weekend.
Michael Oralls had his second straight four-touchdown game for NHS (3-3) rushing for 135 yards, and Cole Rifanburg threw for 110 yards. Rifanburg’s older brother Tristan served as a dual receiving/running threat finishing with 72 yards receiving and 57 yards rushing.
“The internal motivation this week was that we had not had a lot of recent success against Chenango Valley,” said Norwich coach Mike Chrystie. “Chenango Valley has been a proven program for a number of years, and we wanted to show that our program is coming along.”
Over the last three games, Norwich has scored 124 points, or over 41 points a clip. You could say the Chrystie-led program is coming along nicely.
And the ease with which Norwich scored points against Chenango Valley was, at the least, surprising based on previous years’ encounters with the Warriors.
On the opening kickoff, Norwich was penned deep at its 14. On the second play from scrimmage, Tristan Rifanburg ripped off a 30-yard run to midfield. Two plays after that, Oralls found a seam, cut to the outside, and raced down the right sideline 44 yards for the score.