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Turnovers doom Norwalk in road loss

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 31, 2018 at 11:12 PM

CRESTON — Todd Fox had a simple message for his Norwalk football team Friday night.

“We can’t let this define us. We have to get better,” Fox said after the Truckers lost a turnover-filled 32-6 non-league game at Norwayne.

“We have high expectations for yourselves, and we just have to get better,” he added. “Nothing matters, other than just get better. It starts with our coaching staff. We have to get better and we have to lead our young men.”

Norwayne (1-1) took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field to set an ominous tone for the Truckers (1-1). Quarterback Nate Bitskay completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Evan Shane with seven minutes left in the opening quarter.

The PAT was blocked to leave the score 6-0, but the Bobcats were far from done in the first half.

Pinned deep in their own territory, Norwalk fumbled from its own 6-yard line — and a Bobcats defender scooped up the ball and went into the end zone for a defensive TD and a 13-0 lead with just two minutes left in the first half.

After another lost Norwalk fumble, the Bobcats got a long pass from Biskay to Austin Kinder to set up a short TD with 52 seconds left in the half for a 19-0 halftime lead.

Midway through the third quarter, the Bobcats took a commanding 26-0 lead as Biskay found Logan Moyer for a 15-yard TD pass at the 5:05 mark of the quarter.

The Truckers finally got on the board after a trick play set up a short TD run. Receiver Brandon Haraway found Kaden Livingston for a 46-yard pass.

From there, QB Garrett Chapin scored on 1-yard run to open the fourth quarter, but the kick was no good to leave the deficit at 26-6.

After a defensive stop, the Truckers then had a chance to get within a couple scores — but drove inside the Norwayne 5 only to turn it over on downs at the Bobcats’ 4 with 8:07 left.

“On offense, we just didn’t get in any rhythm,” Fox said. “We’d get a few first downs and drive the ball, then make a mistake or turn it over.

“Norwayne played as expected — fundamentally sound football,” he added. “They took advantage of our errors and made us pay.”

Moyer picked off a pass at the Norwalk 27 and returned it for a TD and a 32-6 lead with 1:36 left in the game to close out the scoring.

One week after playing turnover-free football in a 42-21 win over Mansfield Senior — the Truckers gave up two TDs off turnovers alone on Friday.

“That’s on us,” Fox said. “We have to be more disciplined, and that falls on the coaches first. As a coaching staff, we have to work on that.

“As a team we’ll get better, but obviously you can’t do that against good teams,” he added. “We shot ourselves in the foot way too many times to be successful tonight.”

Norwalk will look to bounce back next Friday at Port Clinton (1-1).

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