Cadets cede Hoffman Cup, will play for Maple Sap Bucket on Saturday

After a brief early tie, the game went sideways for Norwich University’s football team Saturday. The Cadets lost 37-7 to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, ceding the Hoffman Cup.

St. Lawrence scored first, capping a 10-play, 61-yard drive, with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Grochot to wide receiver Robert Coll. Norwich answered immediately, driving to a score from their 32-yard line.

A 7-yard pass from Cadets quarterback Mitchell Theal to wide receiver Haleola Thomas and three rushes by running back Justin Bryant moved the ball to St. Lawrence’s 49-yard line. Theal then connected on a deep pass to wide receiver Trevor Chase, who scored to tie the game 7-7 with the 2:22 left in the first quarter.

Then, St. Lawrence ran the table.

The Saints led 20-7 at the half after second-quarter touchdowns — a 61-yard touchdown pass from Grochot to wide receiver Andrew Murphy and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Grochot to wide receiver TJ Cornacchia.

The Saints added a third-quarter field goal and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the win.

Chase finished the game with six receptions for 90 yards; Thomas had catches for 31 yards. Theal went 13-for-26 for 150 yards and a touchdown. Linebackers Zev Motew and Bas Osborn led Norwich’s defense with 10 tackles apiece.                   

The Cadets (0-2) will play Castleton at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Battle for the Maple Sap Bucket before hosting Endicott on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. for their Homecoming game.

Norwich begins New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference play Oct. 2 against Coast Guard in New London, Connecticut.

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