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l Thursday, November 7, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine By Tyler French Frida Oct. 25, the Nor- walk Warriors were able to ensure a return to the play- offs was in their future with a 33-28 victory over the Carlisle Wildcats. With this hard-fought Win the Warriors ensured that they live to see another game. Norwalk started the scoring early in the game when Erik Webb recov- ered a fumble and re- turned it 53 yards for the game's first touchdown. Norwalk would score 10 more points in the quarter to take a 16-0 lead into the second quarter. Once the second quar- ter began, the Carlisle of- fense began to make some noise; they scored two touchdowns of their own in the second quarter. Nor- walk responded with an- other touchdown to make -sure that they kept a de- cent lead heading into halffime. That lead was 26- 14 heading into the break. In the third quarter, Carl- isle cut Norwalk's lead down to 26-21 with anoth- er touchdown. The War- riors did not respond with a score.in the third, so the game went into the final quarter with only five points separating the two teams. The fourth is where Norwalk put the game away for good. Warriors Advance to Playoffs with its work stopping the Overall, the defense son to lead the team. Jesse During the fourth quar- ter, Norwalk scored a mo- mentum shifting touch- down on a pass from Brady Brandsfield to Luke Greenslade. This touch- down was the most impor- tant of the game as it put the lead at a point that Car- lisle could not overcome. Even with a late touch- down by the Wildcats, Norwalk was in a situation where one first down was enough to end the game. Norwalk wa able to get that first down and not only finish the game with a win, but the win pro- pelled them back to the playoffs. This sort of game is a perfect building block going into the post-season. Even with the high point total that Carlisle was able to reach, the Nor- walk defense played much better than in several of the recent games Norwalk has played. The biggest sign of how well the defense played is the number of turnovers they forced; Norwalk forced and re- covered three fumbles and also intercepted one pass. Webb played incredibly well against Carlisle; picked off a Wildcat pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown. The de- fense's success all started run. Carlisle was able to run for 190 yards, but it tobk them 43 rushes to reach that number. Giving up less than five yards a carry is a major stepping- stone moving into the playoffs. It was the second straight week that Nor- walk has played a solid game defending the run.If Norwalk can keep up de- fensive effort like this in the run game; advancing in the playoffs will come much easier. While the run defense playing is much im- proved, the pass defense has moved in the other di- rection. Norwalk allowed 199 yards on 10-of-17 pass- ing. This is something that needs to improve going forward. Carlisle's success through the air allowed for multiple first downs and large gains. These allowed for extended drives and for Carlisle to wear down the Warrior defense. Stop- ping the pass is going to be a major priority in the playoffs, especially in the first round against Will- iamsburg. Williamsburg's passing game has account- ed for 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Stopping this will be a key if Norwalk wants to ad- vance past the first round. 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The defense must be led by the veteran players who have been in this situation be- fore. Their leadership will be a key for playoff victo- ries. One thing that has been solid all season for the Norwalk Warriors has been the play of their pass- ,ing game. Freshman quar- terback Brandsfield has been the face of the Nor- walk offense and his play has led to plenty of sus- tained success. Against Carlisle, Brandsfield fin- ished the game with 203 yards on 17-of-26 passing. He also threw one touch- \\; down and was intercepted once. Wide receivers Neil Hanson and Greenslade have been his major targets for most of the year and that stayed true against Carlisle as they finished : with five catches for 79 yards and eight catches for 101 yards, respectively. The passing game has been absolutely fantastic this year and has accounted for a majority of the offensive success. Brandsfield has thrown for over 1,700 yards this season and for 20 touchdowns. Fantastic numbers for any quarter- back, let alone a freshman. Hanson and Greenslade have also enjoyed very successful seasons; both have caught over 35 pass- es and gone for over 600 yards. They also have a combined 15 touchdowns. Moving into the playoffs, stopping the pass is going to be a tough job for any of Norwalk's opponents. As great as the NorwaJk passing game has been this season, the running game has not stood up to expec- tations this season. Against Carlisle they only rushed 67 yards on 29car- ties; it was the second time in recent weeks that Nor- walk has been held under 100 yards on the ground. Brandsfield led the team in rushing, as he has for much of the season. He fin- ished with 49 yards on 16 carries and he now has 389 yards on the season, show- ing the double threat po- tential he possesses. Nathan Johnston ran for 18 yards on nine carries and recording the lone Nor- walk rushing touchdown, he now has four on the sea- Cowie and Cory Harding have been solid rushing options for the Warriors this season, but neither made much of an impact against Carlisle. Norwalk needs to find their groove in the running game head- ing into the playoffs or their opponents will be able to focus on the pass and limit the offense's ef- fectiveness. The Warriors played all together a solid game and were able to come out with the win. Going into the Playoffs, they will have to continue playing like this and they will be able to keep moving on in the playoffs. NMS 7th Graders Make a Difference Wednesday, Oct. 30, the 7th grade students from Norwalk Middle School participated in Make a Differ- ence Day. The 7th graders and teachers were able to rake 12 yards in Norwalk. In class, the students discussed the importance of helping others and making a difference. This project also . aligns with Norwalk's student learning goals of personal and social responsibility and interpersonal skills. During the month of October, the students also col- lected food items to donate to the food pantry. The 7th grade was able to collect 620 food items. The 7th grade team would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the day a success. A special thank you goes out to the Norwalk Public Works Facility and Tim Hoskin s for helping with the project. The teachers and students would also like to thank Ken and Janella Foster for hauling the leaves. LIBRARY EVENTS Monday, Nov. 11 Tiny Tots with Debbie Doo Wop, 9:30 a.m. Session 2: Mondays through November 25, children ages 1-5 areinvited to join us for songs, instruments and fun with Debbie Doo Wop! In order to accommodate all those interested in Tiny Tots, we ask that participants sign up for only one session for the programming year. REGIS'- TRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. Registration opens one month prior to sdssi6Bstart date. (Session 3 begins April 28 and registration opens March 28.) Book Buddies, 6-7 p.m. Mondays through Novem- ber 25, high school and elementary school (K-3rd) stu- dents pair up for an hour of reading and crafts. High school students can earn up to four hours of volunteer credit. Registration is required for all participants and space is limited. Tuesday, Nov. 12 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. Wednesday, Nov. 13 Take a Break, 10711 a.m. Join us on Wednesdays for this adult/youth collaborative program. Drop by and talk with other adults while your kid s participate in age- appropriate literacy centers or activities. Working with the Adult Services Coordinator, participants will choose how this group works (for example, whether to start a book dub, work on curriculum design, explore the li- brary collection and preview new library materials, etc.). Ideal for home-schooled families or anyone with chil- dren in their care. Kindergarten - 1st Grade Book Club; 2-2:45 p.m. On the second Wednesday of each month, join us for book talks, activities and snacks. Bring what you are currently reading or come to get some ideas for new reads. Thursday, Nov. 14 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For ages 18 months to three years, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel bo/lrds! Parents, expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. Pajama Story Time, 7-7:30 p.m. Can't make it to a morning storytime or prefer an evening storytime? Stop by the library for Pajama Storytime! This storytime in- dudes flannel boards, music and stories. Everyone is welcome and we meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (but just once in November and December). Friday, Nov. 15 Girls Night Out, 3:30-5 p.m. Join us for makeup, manicures, pedicures and all things girly. Sixth-12th grade.