Football: Newberry hands Norway first loss of the season
NORWAY — Top-ranked Norway suffered its first loss of the season Friday, falling to Newberry 28-14 in Mid-Eastern Conference football Friday at Ronberg Field.
George Sevarns threw a pair of touchdown passes and Jeff Rahilly ran for two three-yard scores to lead the Indians (4-2, 3-1).
Norway (6-1, 2-1) trailed 14-0 in the second quarter but closed to within one score on two occasions in the Parents Night contest.
“We got to 6-0 by playing clean, mistake-free football,” said Norway coach Bob Madigan. “We had key penalties and turnovers tonight, and that’s not the way we’ve been playing. We didn’t play solid, fundamental football, and we were not emotionally ready.”
Newberry launched its upset bid with Sevarns firing a pass to Jaylen James, who went 71 yards down the sidelines in the first quarter.
The first Rahilly score lifted the margin to 14-0 in the second quarter.
Norway got on the board late in the second quarter, when quarterback Josh Plante found Connor Ortman from 45 yards out.
Rahilly’s second three-yard scoring run, set up by a fumble recovery at the Norway 14, put the Indians ahead 21-7 in the third quarter.
Plante answered with a one-yard scoring plunge. Mitchell LeGrave’s run from punt formation, a 19-yard screen pass to Trevor Anderson and a personal foul all aided the drive.
In the fourth quarter, after each team exchanged fumbles, Alex Henry grabbed a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Newberry had two other scoring opportunities thwarted in the game, one by a Trevor Anderson pass interception in the end zone. The other occurred on a fumble that rolled out of the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Norway gained 199 yards — 109 rushing and 90 passing. Wilson led the Knights on the ground with 39 yards on eight attempts. Plante was sacked three times.
Newberry had 329 yards — 179 passing and 150 rushing. Starnes connected on five passes while James rushed for 52 yards on nine carries.
“Hat’s off to Newberry,” Madigan said. “They’re physical and fast. They beat us soundly.”
Norway, which earned a berth in the state playoffs last week, hosts Lake Linden on Friday. The Knights, Lakes and Indians share first in the conference with one loss.
Newberry 7 7 7 7 — 28
Norway 0 7 7 0 — 14
New — Jaylen James, 71-yard pass from George Sevarns (Sevarns kick), 10:18
New –Jeff Rahilly, 3-yard run (Sevarns kick), 9:27
Nor — Connor Ortman, 45-yard pass from Josh Plante (Plante kick), 1:16
New — Jeff Rahilly, 3-yard run (Sevarns kick), 6:17
Nor — Plante, 1-yard run (Plante kick), 0:43
New — Alex Henry, 14-yard pass from Sevarns (Sevarns kick), 2:48