High school football notes

Patrick Newell

AIR PLUTA? – Not quite, but the Tornado have shown extra efficiency in the passing game this season. A year ago, Norwich had a mere 190 yards passing in nine games, and that included three games where it did not complete a pass, and two others where it completed just one pass attempt. Head coach John Pluta has joked about the derth of passing attempts in his base offense; however, with the running game showing some occasional inconsistency through two games, Norwich has turned to senior quarterback Tim Clark to gobble up larger chunks of yards, while moving the chains down the field a tad quicker. Clark was 6-for-9 last week for 132 yards and two touchdowns. That may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but it was the first 100-yard passing game for a Norwich quarterback in five years. Through two games, Clark is 9-for-15 for 175 yards and three scores. Andrew Austin leads the club with 112 receiving yards.

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER – Saying Bainbridge-Guilford’s offensive line is undersized, is, quite honestly, an understatement. As a prime example, starting guards Ethan Mazzarella and Russell Darling, are each under 180 pounds. “We haven’t matched up with defensive lines (size-wise) at all,” said B-G head coach Tim Mattingly. “It’s all about leverage and tenacity, and these guys are tenacious.” Mazzarella and Darling are part of an offensive line that has opened holes for speedy senior Dustin Ross. Ross has 370 yards and three TD rushes in two games this season, and B-G is averaging 231 rushing yards per game.