Jaden MacRabie caught a 13-yard pass from Michael Sutton to cap the Purple Tornado’s first scoring drive. Following a three-and-out by OHS, Sutton scored on a 47-yard run and Zan Stewart’s PAT made it 14-0.
Another three-and-out by OHS followed and Norwich blocked the Yellowjackets’ punt attempt. Seven plays later, Sutton hit Matt Burke on a 22-yard scoring play. Stewart’s PAT gave Norwich a 21-0 lead.
“They got us leaning the wrong way a couple of times and had a couple of big runs,” first-year OHS coach John Mushtare said of Norwich’s fast start.
Oneonta averted the shutout when Austin Scheer scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. Mat Robinson’s PAT made it 43-7.
“Our offense was more productive this time,” said Mushtare, whose team lost, 58-7, to Elmira in Week 1. “We only scored 7 points, but we ran for 140 yards. Once we got going in the second quarter, we moved it a little better and after the first quarter, we played better defensively.”
Scheer finished with a team-high 63 rushing yards on 14 carries.
“Scheer had success off tackle on the right side,” Mushtare said. “I would say most of our success on the day came on off-tackle plays to either side.”
The Yellowjackets (0-2, 0-1) will host Susquehanna Valley (1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.
“They also have a new coach this year,” Mushtare said of Sabers coach Mike Ford. “I’m impressed with what he’s put together. They beat Ithaca in Week 1 and lost to JC (21-13) this past week in a close game all the way. They have a number of backs who can run. They’ve put together quite a package. I’m impressed in the amount the things they’ve done in a short time.”
Oneonta closed its 2-7 season a year ago with a 38-26 win over SV.