BINGHAMTON – Norwich Purple Tornado Football traveled down to the land of the Warriors, to take on Chenango Valley in a divisional showdown. What ensued was a Warrior domination of Norwich, as the hard-nosed then 1-3 CV team ground their way to a solid 33-14 win.
“We just didn't execute. We came out flat and didn't match their enthusiasm,” said Norwich head coach Mike Chrystie. “We played uninspired football and I need to do a better job of making sure that doesn't happen again.”
Despite a struggling offensive unit throughout, the defense of the Tornado played well, holding the Warriors to no first quarter points. This play from the defense allowed the Tornado offense to miraculously manage the first points of the game, taking the early 7-0 lead with 1:41 left in the first quarter, followed a three yard quarterback-keeper as Cole Rifanburg found the end-zone for the score.
With a slight bit of momentum on their side, Norwich failed to capitalize on the early lead, allowing 33 unanswered points to hit the scoreboard for CV before another Tornado player would find the end-zone.
Of those 33 points scored on Norwich, 20 came in just the second quarter of play off of runs from Nate Marble at 35 yards out, Chris Singleton at 15 yards out, and Sam Trebilcock at 26 yards out. Despite the early lead for the Tornado, they would enter into halftime with a 20-7 deficit facing them when they returned.