NORWICH - On Friday, October 17, the Norwich Purple Tornado hosted Owego Free Academy on Norwich’s senior night. Owego would spoil the night for the Norwich seniors and win 27-13.
On a night honoring Norwich’s senior athletes, Owego would find the end zone four different times in their win. After receiving the opening kick off, Owego would drive 59 yards down field on an equal mix of run and pass plays and into the end zone for the score. On Norwich’s 29 yard line, Owego’s quarterback Logan Neira would drop back to pass and found Maurice Bell for the score. OFA then kicked the extra point to give themselves a 7-0 lead over Norwich.
Not to be outdone, Norwich would receive the ensuing kick off and score on their first drive of the game as well. Norwich’s Cole Rifanburg and Drew Walsh both rattled off multiple drive saving runs on their way to the end zone. Norwich would find themselves on the Owego three and a half yard line with just over four minutes left in the first quarter. Rifanburg took the ball up the middle and pounded his way through the line and into the end zone for the score. The game was now tied 7-7 with just a few minutes left in the first quarter.