Second straight shutout win for Norwich

Norwich 28, Windsor 0

NORWICH – For the third straight season, the Norwich-Windsor matchup ended in a shutout, and this time it was the young men clad in purple and white that did the skunking in Friday’s senior recognition game.

It was the second consecutive shutout for Norwich, who had back-to-back shutouts to start the 2005 season, the latter one in that case was also Windsor.

Norwich senior running back Chris Mattingly had a career-high 194 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Needing 49 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark for his career, Mattingly had those yards and then some before the first quarter was over.

Appropriately, Mattingly accomplished his milestone mark when it counted most for Norwich. On Norwich’s second offensive drive of the game, Jesse Prosser had a 17-yard run and Mike Moon converted a fourth-down run near midfield to exchange the drive. Two plays after Moon’s run, Mattingly put his team on the board surging past 2,000 yards for his career on a 28-yard jaunt.

Norwich moved the ball almost at will throughout the first half and the game rushing for a season-high 386 yards.

The ball-control offense kept Windsor’s potent passing attack at bay, and even when the Black Knights were on the field, they were stymied by good defense or their own miscues.

Bad snaps out of the passing formation led to two big losses and another resulted in a fumble recovery in the third quarter by Norwich’s Jake Fazio. Moon made Windsor pay for that first third quarter turnover on a three-yard scoring plunge just 1 1/2 minutes into the half.

After a Paddy Law interception two minutes later – Law’s third pickoff in two weeks – Prosser scored from 57 yards on the next play from scrimmage upping the lead to 20-0. It was Prosser’s first rushing TD since week one against Johnson City, and he finished with a season-best 111 yards on just five carries.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mattingly ended his day on an 18-yard scoring run. Moon’s two-point conversion run – his second of the game – ended Norwich’s scoring.

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