Coming off a stunning overtime victory last week over Susquehanna Valley that clinched a Class B playoff berth, Norwich can seal a division title and host a home playoff game next week with a win at Oneonta tonight.
The Yellowjackets have but two wins on the season, and NHS head coach Mike Chrystie said he knows you can throw records out the window when these two rivals clash on the gridiron.
"I've been reminded of the 1999 game when Norwich was undefeated, and Oneonta came to town and beat Norwich," Chrystie said. "That was the only blemish Norwich had in the section that year. Anything can happen in high school football, and we need to take care of business."
Chrystie said Oneonta mixes up its offensive approach, and is not averse to spreading the field and throwing the ball on nearly every down. Since losing to Maine-Endwell in week three, Norwich's defense has shored up some holes, while the offense has hit its stride. The win over Susquehanna Valley was a showcase of how far the Tornado have come in one month.
"It was a special night, and it was a win that shows that our program is headed in the right direction," Chrystie said. "I've never been part of a team where everyone has totally bought into the philosophy. It's been an amazing year."
Norwich senior running back Mike Oralls is rapidly approaching another 1,000-yard season. He needs 138 yards to reach that milestone a second straight year. We think he gets those yards tonight, and Norwich will clinch its first division championship in five years.