Warriors end long drought, beat NHS 24-14

NORWICH – It’s been 10 years since Chenango Valley has had a winning season, and much, much longer since the Warriors beat Norwich.

“They haven’t been all of my years,” joked CV third-year head coach Jay Hope.

Hope’s Chenango Valley squad, loaded with depth and blessed with talented skill position players, defeated Norwich Friday night, 24-14. The loss for Norwich (3-3) was its second in division play, while CV (5-1) holds out hope for a Class B playoff position, and needs a win over Windsor to do it.

“It was a typical, physical Class B football game in Section IV,” said Norwich coach John Pluta. “They were a little tougher than us. Not a lot tougher, but tougher.”

CV tested the Norwich defense with several drives into the red zone area. It had one TD in the first quarter, then two more drives inside the NHS 10 in which it came up with just a Nick Dadamio field goal.

To start the fourth quarter, junior quarterback Matt Mullins, contained all game long, flipped a short shovel pass to Trevor Cola. Cola, another junior back, weaved his way through the Purple defense and raced down the sideline covering 41 yards before he was knocked out of bounds. Cola then scored his second TD of the day upping the lead to 17-6.

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