Norwich, Oxford grid clubs beaten

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Monday, Sept. 14 sports section, the Ithaca-Norwich, Deposit-Oxford football reports were omitted. The following are the complete summaries:

Ithaca 16, Norwich 7

ITHACA – Ithaca showed it is not the same team that Norwich has dominated in the infrequent meetings over the past two decades.

The Little Red made up a first-quarter deficit holding Norwich scoreless the final three periods, and they improved to 2-0, the first time the program has started with back-to-back wins in 15 years.

Phillip Anderson rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown to lead Ithaca, who easily won the total yardage battle. On the defensive side, Ithaca limited Norwich to just 115 total yards – all of those on the ground.

“We have run the ball well early on in both of our games, but we haven’t been able to sustain it,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We’ve been inconsistent, and that can happen with a young offensive line.”

Ithaca, down 7-6 at halftime, took the lead in the third when a Norwich punt snap sailed over the punter’s head and into the endzone for a safety. “From that point on, anything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” Martinson said. “We had penalties, too many men on the field, not enough men on the field…we made so many foolish mistakes.”

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