ONEONTA- It was the classic throw out the records, hard scrapping rivalry game that has been a quintessential trademark of Oneonta-Norwich football games. And on Friday, the Purple Tornado, the number 9 ranked team in Class C football, overcame the physicality of the Yellowjackets defense to claim their fifth win of the season by a score of 12-0.
“It was a rivalry game, emotions were high and it was a nice physical game” said Norwich Head Coach Mike Chrystie, “It was a neat atmosphere…it was your classic Norwich-Oneonta football game.”
After both teams went scoreless in the first quarter, Norwich controlled the ball for the last play of the second period with the opportunity to take a halftime lead. But the Yellowjacket defense line held strong- turning the Purple Tornado offense back for a pivotal play that kept the game knotted at zero.
“We needed a jolt of energy. We weren’t as physical as we could be up front, we weren’t as physical as we could be in the backfield” said Chrystie on his team’s performance in the first half.
“We just weren’t as physical as we needed to be to put the game away earlier and we found that jolt at halftime.”