NHS meets powerhouse Maine-Endwell in Class B playoffs

Norwich will attempt to do on Saturday what no other team has done over the past 20 games – defeat Maine-Endwell.

The Spartans strung together 12 straight wins a year ago on their way to a Class A state championship. As good as that sounds, the look of this year’s club is nothing short of ravishing.

In eight wins this season, M-E is averaging over 50 points per game and has outscored opponents by more than six touchdowns per tilt. The Spartans’ combined margin of victory in eight games –353 points – is more than any team in Section IV has scored.

“I was talking to their coach, and this is a team that has put in a lot of time together on and off the field,” said Norwich coach John Martinson of M-E. “They are committed to do their best and improve...they really have something special there, and it reminds me of those great Chenango Forks teams. You look up and down their roster, and it’s every bit a state championship team. You look to find a weakness, but they’re balanced everywhere.”

With a formidable task ahead – and a 49-7 loss to M-E three weeks ago – Norwich will line up on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the intention of “shocking the world,” Martinson said. “We’ve put together our game plan, and we’ll give it our best shot,” the NHS coach said. “We’ve worked on our option responsibilities. We’ll need to fight off blocks and make tackles. On offense, we’ll have to hold the ball and get some points on the board.”

In a meeting earlier this season at Norwich, the Spartans rolled to a 49-7 victory.

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