Coming off a blowout loss to Johnson City less than a week ago, Norwich football coach Mike Chrystie was faced with the tasks this week of convincing his team to forget about that outcome, and believe it can win in the return meeting Saturday night at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
“I’ve talked about my personal experiences, and I told them anything can happen in high school football,” Chrystie said.
Chrystie drew on two playoff games during his four-year playing career at Oxford that were relevant to the point he wanted to make with his players. As a freshman, Chrystie played on an Oxford team that beat Deposit in the Class D sectional championship game. It was a near 40-point turnaround from the Blackhawks’ lopsided loss to the Lumberjacks in the regular season. Two years later, Chrystie led a heavily favored Oxford team into the postseason finals against Hancock. This time, Hancock reversed a five-touchdown loss to Oxford with a five-touchdown shutout victory.
“I’ve been on both sides of these types of games, and I know our kids are hungry to prove we are better than we showed last week,” Chrystie said.
Johnson City’s offense was difficult to stop amassing over 400 yards of offense, the defense forced six Norwich turnovers. Other than a long touchdown run by Mike Oralls in the fourth quarter, the NHS offense went nowhere for nearly four quarters.