Norwich University to play final 2021 football game Saturday at Sabine Field and honor senior players before kickoff

Norwich University’s offense had its most productive game this season on Saturday, scoring on its first six drives and leading through three quarters against host Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference football game in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

But the end was bitter for the Cadets. MIT used a 27-point fourth-quarter surge to win 48-37. It was Norwich’s third straight loss.

Junior wide receiver Travor Chase now has sole possession of second place on Norwich University’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with 18, just four behind leader Beau Almodobar ’84’s 22.

Two Cadets receivers topped 100 yards, freshman Haleola Thomas (seven catches, 131 yards) and junior Trevor Chase (eight catches, 102 yards). Thomas had two touchdowns and Chase had one. Chase now has sole possession of second place on the program’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with 18, just four behind leader Beau Almodobar ’84’s 22.

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Trevor Chase (6) moved up on Norwich’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with a 6-yard scoring catch against the Massachusetts Intitude of Technology. (Photo by Nicholas Gendreau/Norwich University Athletics.)

Sophomore quarterback Mitchell Theal completed 18 of 33 passes for 265 yards and four touchdown passes. Sophomore running back Jehric Hackney led Norwich’s rushers with 39 yards on 14 carries and his second touchdown in as many games. Sophomore kicker Zach Buchy added a 33-yard field goal for the Cadets.

On defense, senior linebacker Zev Motew had 11 tackles, including six unassisted. He has a team-leading 70 tackles for the season.

In the fourth quarter, MIT (3-3, 1-2 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) pulled within 37-35 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Oakley Denning to wide receiver Ben Dwyer and took the lead on a 15-yard pass from Denning to Dwyer with three minutes, 53 seconds to play.

Norwich (2-5, 1-3 in conference) will return to campus for its final 2021 home game Saturday at noon against Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A pregame ceremony will honor senior class players.


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