ENDWELL – Norwich senior defensive back Danny Carson stood on the sidelines early in the fourth quarter, his team down 49-0 to Maine-Endwell at that point. “They’re good everywhere,” Carson said in assessing the opposition. When Carson returned to the field to play defense, he turned back toward his sideline to say one more thing: “And they’re fast, too.”
Perhaps Carson was understated in his praise of the Spartans, who were not only quick afoot, but equally quick in putting points on the board in routing the Purple Tornado, 55-7 here Saturday afternoon.
It was the 21st straight victory for a Spartans team that will play for the Class B title next weekend against Chenango Valley. Seeing M-E for the second time in four weeks – and his club losing by a combined 104-14 – NHS coach John Martinson expects big things from the blue, white, and gold Spartans over the next four weeks. “I said to our kids after the game that they can hold their heads high,” Martinson said. “You look across the field, and you won’t see another team like that around here for 20 years. They are a very special group.”
Norwich installed a defensive package designed to slow down the Maine-Endwell’s running game. It worked – for one possession. Norwich held on fourth down in its own defensive end, and took over at the 37. On the first play from scrimmage, NHS quarterback Mike Sutton had the ball jarred loose on a keeper, and M-E recovered the loose ball.