Norwich Football Falls To 0-2, Area Soccer Teams Struggle
Published: September 15th, 2015
By: Jim Testani



SUSQUENHANNA VALLEY - On Saturday, September, 12, the Norwich varsity football team traveled to Susquehannah Valley in their second game of the season. Norwich would ultimately lose 14-13 and would fall to 0-2 on the season.

The game started off as a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring until the second quarter. Just a few minutes into the second quarter it was Sus Valley who struck first. SV quarterback Cameron Manchester fired a bullet to receiver Alex Ewanow for a 51 yard score. After an extra point SV was now up on the Purple Tornado 7-0.

A few minutes later Norwich qb Cole Rifanburg evened the score. At the three minute mark, Rifanburg took matters into his own hands and ran the ball in to the end zone from four yards out. With the extra point attempt good Norwich had effectively evened the score at seven.

After a scoreless third quarter both teams were looking to put points on the board to break the tie. SV broke the tie in spectacular fashion on a 79 yard touchdown run from Brandon Vosbury with just over 9:30 left to go in the game.

With time winding down, Rifanburg completed a pass to Cameron Edwards who took the ball 63 yards downfield for the score with four minutes left to play. Norwich then set up for the extra point kick and missed. The game was now 14-13 Sus Valley who would cling to their one point lead and grab the victory.

Norwich is back in action and looking for thier first win this Friday, September, 18, when Waverly comes to town.

Game statistics: Rushing; Norwich, Cole Rifanburg, 17-57, 1 TD. Nick Murphy, 14-38. Ky,Sawn Veale, 1-5. Zack Race 1-1. Totals: 33-101, 1 TD. SV, Brandon Vosbury, 11-87, 1 TD. Zac Knewasser, 10-81. Kyle Novobilski, 1-4. Ryan Fletcher, 1-2. Cameron Manchester, 5-1. Totals: 28-175, 1 TD. Passing; Norwich, Cole Rifanburg, 12-22, 164 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. Ky,Sawn Veale, 0-1. Totals: 12-23, 164 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. SV, Cameron Manchester, 5-15, 126 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. Totals: 5-15, 126 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. Receiving; Norwich, Cameron Edwards, 5-107, 1 TD. Ky,Sawn Veale, 5-48. #Paden Burlison, 2-9. Totals: 12-164, 1 TD. SV, Alex Ewanow, 1-51, 1 TD. Ryan Fletcher, 1-38. Kyle Novobilski, 1-19. Zac Knewasser, 2-18. Totals: 5-126, 1 TD.

Scoring Summary:

1 2 3 4 Total

Norwich 0 7 0 6 13

Sus Valley 0 7 0 7 14

Field Hockey


SHERBURNE - This past weekend Sherburne-Earlville hosted its annual field hockey tournament and after the final game, Sidney was awarded top honors beating out Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in the championship game.

S-E faced Sidney in their first game of the tournament and lost 2-0. Sidney’s goals both came in the first half one with 24:37 left to go in the half by Brianna Voltz and the second with 11:48 to go by Mallory Sillman. Sidney would go on to play VVS in the championship game while S-E would play Morrisville-Eaton in the consolation game.

Game statistics: Sidney; 8 corners, 17 shots, 3 saves (Ariyhana Bernard). S-E; 5 corners, 3 shots, 15 saves (Lexie Jordan)

In the championship game Sidney would have their hands full in the first half as time expired with a 0-0 score. All three of Sidney’s winning goals would come in the second half. The first came off of a shot by Mallory Sillman, assisted by Conner Decker, at 15:30. The second with just over a minute left ot play by Haley Adams, and the third 30 seconds later off of Silkman stick again for her second goal of the game.

Once the final whistle blew it was Sidney who were crowned champions after their 3-0 victory.

Game statistics: Sidney; 3 corners, 7 shots, 4 saves (Ariyhana Bernard). VVS; 3 corners, 4 shots, 4 saves (Kasey Palmer).

In the consolation game S-E took on Morrisville-Eaton in a match-up that M-E would ultimately win 2-0. Both of M-E’s goals came in the first half. The first of two came from Alysa Smalley at the 24:18 mark, while the second came off of a pass from Jennifer Hilts to Katheryn Pankhurst with 4:22 left in the half. M-E would hang on for the second half to grab third place honors.

Game statistics: Morrisville-Eaton; 10 corners, 8 shots, 0 saves (Alexis Jayson). Sherburne-Earlville; 2 corners, 0 shots, 6 saves (Lexie Jordan).



OXFORD - This weekend the Oxford girls’ varsity soccer team took on Edmeston in a hard fought match that ended with Edmeston on top 4-2.

After a 2-1 first half favoring Edmeston, the scoring trend continued with Edmeston scoring two more goals in the second with Oxford only netting one more as well. The Blackhawks play again today when Unadilla Valley travels to Oxford.

Game statistics: Oxford; shots, 8. Saves, (Rachel Seiler) 10. Edmeston; saves, (Jaci Flentz) 4.



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