Mistakes, stingy Owego defense lead to opening loss for Tornado

NORWICH – The script for John Martinson’s first game as head coach of Norwich was written beautifully on the opening drive, that is, until Owego made a sudden revision.

The Indians, who dropped a four-point loss to Norwich a year ago, avenged that loss here Friday night winning 21-7.

Parker Evans put the game away scoring on a two-yard run with 1:43 left in the contest to give Owego a two-touchdown lead.

“They had a good game plan going inside and outside, and we knew the Parker Evans kid was a good runner,” Martinson said. “Up front, offensively and defensively, they beat us up in the trenches. We have a lot of work to do.”

Owego made it a point to get the ball to Evans as many times as possible, but it was Evans’ timely defensive play that turned the game’s tide early.

Norwich took the opening kickoff, and in typical fashion, marched toward the goal line on a time-consuming drive. The Tornado racked up four first downs mixed power running with a timely first-down pass. Christian Hotaling barreled almost untouched for an 11-yard gainer for another first down, when, he was hit low by Evans. Evans popped the ball loose, and the Indians’ Dan Baileys recovered ending the threat.

The first miscue for NHS was one of five turnovers in the game. “Was it that many turnovers,” asked Owego coach Steve Virkler. “They were sticking it down our throats pretty good on the opening drive. Evans came up to make a big hit, and that gave us some momentum.”

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