Forks deals Norwich first loss

NORWICH – Chenango Forks spoiled Norwich’s senior recognition night, and dealt the Purple Tornado their first loss this season, 21-6, Friday at Ulrich Field.

Propelled by early Norwich penalties, the Blue Devils (4-1) marched 69 yards on 21 plays for their opening score.

Norwich failed to convert a first down in the first half, while TD runs from Tim Zdimal and Ryan Freije staked the Blue Devils to a 15-0 halftime lead.

D.J. Smith capped another ball-control drive in the third quarter on a one-yard QB keeper pushing the advantage to 21-0.

Norwich’s Tyler Slater dashed 52 yards on a sweep to pare the margin to 21-6 with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter. Two Norwich turnovers – one inside the Forks five – wiped away two more scoring opportunities.

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