NORWICH- If you were to paint a portrait detailing the Tornado’s 46-0 Friday night home victory over the Johnstown Sir Bills- the canvas would be all purple.
On senior night, Norwich kicked their celebration off in a hurry with a massive offensive attack in the opening quarter. The Tornado immediately used the running game to their advantage as senior quarterback Torin Lawrence ran for a 26 yard touchdown, followed by an Evan Sylstra 15 yard touchdown run later in the period. Capping off NHS’ 21 point quarter was Torin Lawrence’s 50 yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Holden Ryan.
A huge proponent of the Purple Tornado’s potent offense was their offensive line as it was very seldom that NHS experienced any defensive pressure from the Sir Bills.
“We knew on film what they (Johnstown) were going to do and no-matter the opponent it comes down to execution. I thought up front we dominated the line of scrimmage tonight and it opened up a lot for us offensively and defensively tonight” said Norwich Head Coach Mike Chrystie.
Not only did the offensive line prove to be a major asset to the Tornado, but Norwich consistently turned defense into offense forcing four Johnstown fumbles as the NHS defensive line never gave the Sir Bill’s quarterback Bryce Mureness a quiet down on the turf throughout the game.