Norwich stuns Wildcats to reach Class B title game

BINGHAMTON – One would be hard-pressed to find a more stunning and thoroughly dominant turnaround in the annals of Norwich football history.

About the only way to avenge any sort of defeat in the same season is to make the playoffs, and the Tornado made the most of their postseason opportunity Saturday evening at snow-covered Binghamton Alumni Stadium.

Just three weeks earlier, the Tornado took it on the chin against Johnson City, 24-12, but reversed that outcome with a 35-0 thrashing of the state-ranked Wildcats. “You never expect this (result) at all, but it was a different feeling on the field from the previous week,” said Norwich coach John Martinson, referring to a 32-21 loss to Chenango Valley. “We executed our game plan in every way, and to have days from our fullback Grant (Brightman) – and Kyle (Edwards) had a big day, too – it says a lot about our offensive line.”

Brightman scored three touchdowns for Norwich (5-3) and rushed for 158 yards against a JC outfit that limited Norwich to just 63 yards rushing in the first encounter. Norwich has another opportunity to rectify a setback this Friday against Chenango Valley, who advanced to the Section IV Class title game with a 26-7 win over Owego.

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