NORWICH - In their final game of the season the Norwich Purple Tornado hosted Ithaca on Saturday, October 31. After all was said and done Ithaca would go home as the winners, 18-15.
Scoring was started in the first quarter by Ithaca’s Turner DePalma. DePalma punched in a five yard run to cap off an Ithaca drive with just under five minutes left to go in the quarter. After the TD Ithaca attempted the two point conversion, only to be stopped by a stalwart Norwich defense.
The Purple Tornado would get the ball back and drive downfield for a score of their own just a few minutes later. With 2:56 quarterback Cole Rifanburg kept the ball on a keeper and scampered 12 yards around Ithaca defenders for the tying touchdown. A missed extra point attempt put the score at 6-6 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter Drew Walsh would give the Purple Tornado their only lead of the game after a one yard touchdown. Walsh capped off a long drive for Norwich that ended with just over six minutes left in the half. Both teams would go into the locker room at the half with the score of 13-6 in favor of Norwich.