Norwich 19, Windsor 8
WINDSOR – The playoffs may not begin for two weeks, but Norwich is already in playoff mode taking the first of two must-win games, Friday night at Windsor.
Norwich (2-1, 3-4) held Windsor to just 84 yards of total offense, and can return to the playoffs with a win at Oneonta this coming Friday. “Our defense really stepped up and executed the game plan,” said Norwich second-year coach John Martinson. “Offensively, we had 13 first downs and were able to mix the pass and run.”
Martinson, a fan of the Miami Dolphins, used a play first executed by Dolphins great Dan Marino, to score a key touchdown at the end of the first half.
Quarterback Seth Thomsen faked a spike-down of the ball to stop the clock, and instead lofted a pass to tight end Josh Whaley for a 20-yard score. The TD upped Norwich’s lead at the half to 13-0.
“We were around the 35 and wanted to stop the clock, and we called a spike to see what Windsor’s defense was doing,” Martinson said. “In between that and the touchdown, I had told Josh to run to the end zone. There was no one in front of him, and Seth made a beautiful pass. It caught them off guard, and it was neat to see the sideline’s reaction.”
Norwich definitely did not have the game on ice, and a Windsor interception in the third quarter brought the Black Knights inside the 10, and Carim Ross’ one-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion closed the game to 13-8.
The Tornado, mixing Tyler Hoffman runs up the middle and Mackay Hotaling’s dashes to the outside, drove for the insurance touchdown in the fourth. Hoffman capped the drive with a three-yard score, his third touchdown in two weeks.
“The way we ran the ball was similar to what we did against Johnson City last week,” Martinson said. “We were able to go inside and outside, and kept the defense guessing.”
Norwich scored early in the second quarter on a Thomsen 12-yard scramble. Thomsen rolled out, cut back inside and put the Tornado up by a score.
Score by quarters
NHS 0 13 0 6–19
Wind. 0 0 8 0–8
N: Seth Thomsen 12 run (Nate Ashton kick)
N: Josh Whaley 20 pass from Thomsen (kick failed)
W: Carim Ross 1 run (Dave Whitman run)
N: Tyler Hoffman 3 run (kick failed)
First downs 13 5
Rushes-yds 48-178, 32-66
Comp-att-int 4-6-1 2-5-1
Passing yds 63 18
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Punts-avg 1-38 2-29
Penalties-yds 1-5 3-35
Rushing: (N) Mackay Hotaling, 11-54, Tyler Hoffman, 14-49, Josh Favaloro, 5-10, S. Thomsen, 8-40, McCullough, 3-14, M. Cleveland, 1-1, P. Taylor, 3-13, Nate Ashton, 3-(-3). (W) Carim Ross, 10-25, Garrett Gaeta, 9-31; David Whitman, 5-19, Marino Hogan, 3-7, Campbell, 5-(-16).
Passing (N) S. Thomsen, 4-6-1, 1 TD, 63 yds; (W) Elliot Campbell, 2-5-1, 18 yds.
Receiving: Josh Whaley, 3-58, Jon Foulds, 1-5. (W) Marino Hogan, 1-11, David Whitman, 1-7.
Delhi 14, Bainbridge-Guilford 12
BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford’s 40-yard field goal attempt in the final 10 seconds was just wide left, and Delhi hung on for a two-point victory Friday night.
The loss eliminated the Bobcats from postseason consideration, while Delhi wrapped up the Section IV, Division VII title with a perfect 5-0 mark. Four of the Bulldogs’ wins have come by five points or less.
“We’ve just had one of those years, and it’s just unfortunate,” said Bobcats coach Tim Mattingly, whose three losses have all come by five points or less. “We’ve had a lot of trouble with quarterback-center exchanges. We’ve been too inconsistent with that, and we’re not sure how to fix it.”
A bobbled exchange on B-G’s two-point conversion attempt in the third quarter factored heavily in the missed attempt to leave the host team two points short. Junior Billy Holden had just scored on a four-yard TD closing the count to 14-12. Holden was able to get the handoff for the conversion, although the execution and timing were way off. Holden came up a half-yard short of tying the contest.
Delhi easily won the total yardage battle, 299-138, but managed just a pair of touchdowns as B-G’s defense came up big several times, one of those occasions stopping a goal-to-go situation inside the five-yard line at the end of the first half. “They were able to move the ball on us, but time after time we made big plays and big stops,” Mattingly said.
B-G’s first touchdown closed Delhi’s lead to 8-6 at the half. B-G field goal kicker Tim Hermann lost his footing and had a 24-yard attempt blocked. Holden recovered the ball behind the line of scrimmage, and scored a touchdown from 12 yards out making it 8-6 at halftime.
Delhi’s Colin Ellis scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter, his second TD of the day, to give Delhi the necessary points. “I was proud of the way our kids battled,” Mattingly said. “Give Delhi credit. They have some talented kids and they’re big and strong. We played well, just not well enough to win.”
B-G was able to drive the ball into position late in the game after a 20-yard pass completion to Holden from Ryan Porter. Mattingly said his team had the position on the field it wanted when Hermann attempted the field goal. A high snap threw off the timing of the play, yet Hermann still had the length on the kick as the ball hooked just left.
Delhi’s defense keyed on B-G’s 1,000-yard rusher, Dakota Vandermark, holding him to a season-low 29 yards on 12 carries. Holden led the Bobcats (4-3) with 76 yards on 19 carries
Score by quarters
Delhi 8 0 6 0–14
B-G 0 6 6 0–12
D: Collin Ellis 6 run (Collin Ellis run)
B: Billy Holden 12 run (kick failed)
D: Collin Ellis 3 run (run failed)
B: Billy Holden 1 run (run failed)
First downs 16 8
Rushes-yds 48-273 39-93
Passing yds 26 45
Comp-att-int 2-8-0 3-8-0
Punts-avg 2-32 4-37
Fumbles-lost 1-1 5-1
Penalties-yds 5-40 3-22
Rushing: (D) Tom Telian 12-99, Jack Fletcher 22-113, Collin Ellis 9-46, Anthony Salerno 5-15. (BG) Billy Holden 19-76, Ryan Porter 5-(-12), Dakota Vandermark 12-29, Danny Gormley 3-0.
Passing: (D) Anthony Salerno 2-for-8, 26 yards. (BG) Ryan Porter 3-for-8, 45 yards.
Receiving: (D) Kevin O'Connell 1-7, Jacob Sackett 1-19. (BG) Danny Gormley 2-25, Billy Holden 1-20.
Harpursville 20, UV-Edmeston 12..