Assistant Sports Editor
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- A week after using the ground game to beat Greenwich, the Cambridge Central School Indians went to the passing attack to shutout Warrensburg 36-0 on Saturday afternoon.
"It [passing] was something we were a little disappointed in last week," coach Doug Luke said. "We need to throw the ball."
Ethan English (10-for-14, 145 yards, 3 TDs) went a perfect 9-for-9 in the first half, connecting on three touchdowns while amassing 143 yards.
"We came out a little more fired up this week," English said of the Indians' performance. "Coach always says once a one-dimensional team comes around, it is a heck of a lot easier to stop. We need to work on all aspects of our offense."
Receiving the ball first, the Indians would strike twice before the Warrensburg offense could take the field.
On the first drive, English connected on three passes to Chris Warnke (8 carries, 129 yards, TD) for 39 yards, then found Jared Sausville (2 catches, 27 yards, 2 TDs) on a corner rout for a 21-yard score. The two-point conversion was good, making it an 8-0 game.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Indians hit a squib kick that Austin Dean was able to hop on top of. Seven plays later and English was able to find Sausville again on a play action pass for six yards and another score. After a missed two-point try, it was 14-0.
"Jared is getting better every week," coach Doug Luke said. "He is a young guy, he hasn't been playing for long. I expect him to get better each week."
Warrensburg's first possesion started promisingly. Running back Connor Scott (21 carries, 136 yards) was able to move the chains for the Burghers, but on a 4-and-12 from the Indians 24, Warnke blew through a hole opened by the defensive line and stood-up Malachi Prosser, stripping the ball from him in the process then falling on top to recover the fumble.
"The guys up front did a real good job this week," English said. "Coach [Dan] Severson does a good job coaching them up."
Back on the field again, English hit Caleb Rowland (10 carries, 42 yards, TD) on a 20-yard screen to get the ball moving, then capped a five play drive with a 23-yard strike to Dean. After converting the two-point try, it was 22-0 with a minute gone in the second quarter.
After forcing the Warrensburg offense into a three-and-out, the Indians used a 31-yard pass play from English to Dean to get the ball inside the Warrensburg 10, and three plays later Rowland took a three-yard handoff into the end zone. After a made two-pont try, it was 30-0.
The final touchdown for the Indians would come as time expired in the first half.
Trying to run the clock out, Warnke took a hand-off to the left. But as he got through the line a hole opened up, and Warnke was able to bust out for a 62-yard scamper for a score.
In the second half, the Indians offense could not find the end zone again, but the defense was able to keep the shutout by forcing some turnovers.
David Reedy recovered a fumble on the second defensive series of the half, and Sausville capped his day off with an interception late in the fourth quarter.
"It is nice to get the shutout," Luke said. "I think we need to get better defensively. That was my concern for the beginning of the season, that we couldn't stop teams running right at us."
Cambridge moves to 2-0 on the season, while Warrensburg falls to 0-2. Cambridge returns home next Saturday for a game against Canajoharie at 1 p.m.