Norwich Football Falls To 0-3

By: Jim Testani

Norwich football falls to 0-3


NORWICH - In their third game of the season Norwich took on Waverly and lost to the Wolverines 33-6 Friday, September, 18.

In the first quarter Norwich got the action going with a score with six minutes left in the quarter. Norwich qb Cole Rifanburg threw a pass to Zach Race for 37 yards and the score. After the point after attempt was blocked Norwich was now up 6-0 on the visitor early in the game. This would be Norwich's only score of the contest.

With time just over one minute left to go in the first quarter Waverly struck next. The Wolverine's qb Peyton Miller took a run from seven yards out in for the touchdown. The following kick was good and put Waverly up 7-6 on the Purple Tornado. This turned out to be the winning score of the game as the Norwich offense was shut down the rest of the night. It only took five minutes longer on the game clock for Waverly to march down the field again and take a 34 yard run across the Norwich goal line and in for the touchdown. The Tornado defense would block the ensuing point after and the score would stay at 13-6 Waverly.

Later in the quarter Miller would complete a pass to Shane Carpenter from 27 yards out. Waverly would get the ball back quick and score again on a Miller pass, this time to Brandon Cantrell with 28 seconds left in the half. The kick was up and good for an extra point and Waverly was now up 27-7 after scoring 27 unanswered points. The Waverly defense would hold Norwich to 287 yards of total offense all game and kept them out of the end zone for three entire quarters. Norwich's offense just couldn't find its rhythm Friday night.

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Going into the second half Waverly was looking confident but the Norwich offense would keep the Wolverines at bay until the fourth quarter when Miller would complete his third touchdown pass of the night. DJ Meyers would haul in a Miller missile from 30 yards out with nine minutes left on the clock for the final score of the game. After an unsuccessful point after attempt Waverly was now up 33-6. The score would stand until the final whistle giving Waverly the win.

Norwich is now 0-3 on the season and will play again Friday, September, 26, when they travel to Oneonta to face their long time rivals.

Scoring by quarter:

1 2 3 4 Total

Norwich 6 0 0 0 6

Waverly 7 2 0 0 6 33

Individual statistics: Waverly; Rushing, Peyton Miller, 18-144, 1 TD. #24, 4-48, 1 TD. Brandon Rice, 6-38. Josh Knolles, 2-30. #33, 4-13. #21, 1-11. Brendyn Stillman, 2-5. Dan Blackman, 1-2. Austin Blauvelt, 1- -4. Receiving, Brendyn Stillman, 4-45. Brandon, 2-36. DJ Meyers, 2-34. Shane Carpenter, 1-27. #24, 1-12. Passing, Peyton Miller, 10-12, 154 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT. Norwich; Rushing, Cole Rifanburg, 14-109. Nick Murphy, 11-38. Zack Race, 8-36. Ky'Shawn Veale, 1-6. Receiving, Zach Race, 2-43, 1 TD. Cameron Edwards, 3-33. Paden Burlison, 3-15 Ky'Shawn Veale, 2-7. Passing, Cole Rifanburg, 10-24, 98 yds, 1 TD.

Team totals: Points; Waverly, 33. Norwich, 6. Rushing; Waverly, 257 yds, 2 TDs. Receiving; 10 rec, 154 yds, 3 TDs. Norwich, 10 rec, 98 yds, 1 TD. Passing; Waverly, 10-12, 154 yds, 3 TDs. Norwich, 10-24, 98 yds, 1 TD.


DEPOSIT - In a very offensive game Friday, September, 18, Greene traveled to Deposit to take on Deposit-Hancock in a close game that they would eventually lose 34-28.

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The game was characterized by the multiple big yardage scores by both teams. To start off the game, Greene’s Jordan Harrington reeled in a 39 yard pass by quarterback Zach Orzell for the first score of the game. After a failed two point attempt Greene was now up 6-0 on a dangerous Deposit-Hancock team.

Just a few minutes later Deposit’s Robbie Ballard took a run up the middle for a six yard score. Deposit-Hancock successfully completed the two point attempt and were now up 8-6 on the Trojans.

To end the first quarter Greene quarterback took the ball in from five yards out for another score, taking the lead back after a successful two point attempt. “Our offensive line opened up some great holes for us,” said Greene coach David Gorton. “I think that we ran the ball really well that night.”

Starting off the quarter up 12-8, Greene’s Luke Erickson would take the ball in from 32 yards for his first score of the night. Erickson would finish the game with 174 yards and two touchdowns. Now up 20-8 Greene looked to be in a comfortable position ahead of their opponents.

Just before the clock expired before the half, Deposit-Hancock’s Ballard rattled off a 73 yard touchdown run to keep the game close. And after a failed two point conversion Deposit was only down 20-14. “We had a tough time tackling,” Gorton said. “There were a couple of times we had the running back stopped in the backfield only to have them gaining yardage.”

In the third quarter Deposit-Hancock really found their grove and scored 20 points while holding Greene to none. Darren Shaver scored twice on two runs, one from 70 yards and another from 45. The third score of the quarter came from a Deposit-Hancock run from 35 yards out. Greene was now down 34-20 and needed to rally in the fourth quarter.


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