Football: Cadets take NEWMAC victory from Maine Maritime, 15-7

Football: Cadets take NEWMAC victory from Maine Maritime, 15-7

CASTINE, Maine - The Norwich University football team hit the road on Saturday to take on Maine Maritime in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference battle in Castine, with the maroon and gold pulling off the 15-7 victory. 

The two teams were locked into a scoreless battle throughout the first quarter, as the two teams traded punts and turnovers for the first 15 minutes.

Norwich's first drive of the second quarter ended in a punt, which Owen McKenna (Attleboro, Mass.) pinned inside the Mariners own ten-yard line. Two plays later, the Norwich defense got to the quarterback in the end zone and got themselves two points to take the lead and possession of the football. 

The ensuing Norwich drive stalled just outside of the end zone, as MMA made a big stand on fourth and goal to keep the Cadets out, but on the very first play of the next drive, Michael Corinna (Milford, Mass.) pulled down an interception to set Norwich up on the doorstep again.

Eight plays later, Clyde Tamburro (Elizabethtown, Pa.) knocked home a 24-yard field goal to make it 5-0 midway through the second quarter. 

After a Maine Maritime three-and-out on the next series, Norwich set Tamburro up again, this time from 26-yards to make it 8-0 as the teams headed into halftime. 

The action stayed the same in the third quarter, with both defensive units putting up zeros. Norwich's offense unit finally broke through on their first drive of the fourth quarter, as Matt Dunn (Rockland, Mass.) found Taj-Calvin Johnson (Avenel, N.J.) in the end zone from eight yards out. The Tamburro extra point made it 15-0 Norwich. 

Needing a score, Maine Maritime put together their best offensive effort of the day with an 11 play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 33-yard passing touchdown to cut the Norwich lead to 15-7 with under ten minutes to go. 

The offense needed to chew some clock on their next drive, up by just one possession. They did just that, grinding out 10 plays over the remaining 5:02 of game time to seal up the 15-7 victory. 

Seven of Norwich's points came off the boot of sophomore Clyde Tamburro who went a perfect 2/2 on field goals and 1/1 on extra point opportunities. Connor Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.) grinded his way to a new career-high 162 yards on the ground via 30 touches out of the backfield. Owen McKenna led the defense with ten tackles on the day, five solo, while Christopher Ward (Westfield, Mass.) recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss. 

The win bumps Norwich up to 2-5 overall on the season and a 1-3 mark within the NEWMAC. After nearly a month without a home game, the Cadets will return to Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium next Saturday for a 12:00 PM NEWMAC battle with Catholic University.