PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Eddie Sulton’El (Newtonville, N.J.) rushed 30 times for 127 yards and a touchdown Saturday, leading Norwich University to a 14-0 Freedom Football Conference victory over Plymouth State College at Currier Field.
The win stopped Norwich’s 11-game losing streak to Plymouth State, and gave the Cadets their first win over the Panthers since 1983. It was also Norwich’s first win in Plymouth since 1975, the first time the two teams met.
Norwich led 7-0 at halftime, as senior QB Ben Clark (Skowhegan, Maine) connected with junior Tom Kennedy (Weymouth, Mass.) on a four-yard scoring pass with 10:27 to go in the second quarter. The only other touchdown of the game came with 10:52 to go in the third quarter on Sulton’El’s 25 yard burst down the left sideline into the end zone.
Clark finished with 13 completions in 21 attempts for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Rosa Mom (Lynn, Mass.) led the Cadets defense with 14 tackles and a pass break-up. Norwich allowed only 264 yards of offense while intercepting PSC four times.
“Give Norwich credit, they played a clean game and executed when they had to,” said Panther head coach Chris Rorke. “We can’t get enough consistent play to finish off drives.”
PSC had possession of the ball 14 times, but threw four interceptions and missed two field goal attempts.
“The bottom line is we’re making way too many mistakes,” added Rorke. “We’re going with a lot of young guys, but it’s not all about youth. We have some older guys who are making critical mistakes during key times of the ball game.”
PSC, 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the FFC, plays defending FFC co-champion Western Connecticut next Saturday at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.). Norwich, 1-3 and 1-1, returns home to host Coast Guard next Saturday (1:30 p.m.).