CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Cambridge football coach Doug Luke was happy to see him team move to 4-0 after a 60-0 rout over an undermanned Salem team on Saturday, but Luke is honest to a fault.
"We knew it could be this way coming in, I talked to their coach this week," Luke said. "[A game like this] it's not good for us. We want to get better and sometimes games like this make it tougher to get better."
The Cambridge offense was super-efficient, scoring four touchdowns on the first eight offensive plays.
The first drive was the longest at four plays. Jonas Butz took the first play for seven yards, then McLenithan went for eight and a first down. After a Zack Rowland incompletion, Rowland found Shawn Lemieux for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
On Salem's next possession, they turned the ball over after a bad snap on a punt and Cambridge scored immediately, Tommy English doing the honors from six yards out to make it 13-0.
Salem went 3-and-out on the next drive and English returned the punt 23 yards back into Generals territory, taking a vicious shot heading out of bounds.
It was only two plays from there, a 20-yard pass from Rowland to Brendan Holcomb and a 14-yard jaunt by McLenithan for a 20-0 lead.
After yet another 3-and-out, Cambridge's next play was the first in their own territory but it didn't matter as McLenithan was rarely touched on a 59-yard scoot to make it 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.
"We talked about it last week, how they have kids hurt and that the score was going to be like it was," Luke said. "But we have a job to do and you can't be sympathetic. You have to play as hard as you can. What can hurt the most is if you get caught standing around because you let up and all of a sudden you get rolled up. [At full speed], you can protect yourself."
McLenithan grabbed his third touchdown of the game early in the second quarter, a 12-yarder, to make it 34-0.
"The lineman do a great job, the holes were huge, we just have to run through it as backs," McLenithan said. "[In a blowout], we just have to work as hard as we can and keep the intensity up until coach slows us down."
English returned a punt 58 yards for a score a couple minutes later and the Indians coaching staff started to liberally sub younger players in.
Even after that, Kyle Spiezio scored from four yards out and when the snap on the point after was poor, Holcomb maneuvered his way for the 2-pointer.
In the second half, freshman Hunter Day scored from four yards out and freshman Kaedin Ogilvie added a 60-yard TD near the end of the third quarter as Cambridge reached the 60-point plateau for the third time this year.
"We've been respectable over the years, so our JVs get their share of time," Luke said. "Playing out here in front of the crowd is a different feeling. It's the beginning of their careers."
McLenithan was the main offensive stars on a day full of them for the Indians, carrying the ball six times for 100 yards and three scores. All told, Cambridge rushed for 270 yards and only took 26 snaps.
While the offense was crisp, the defense was stingy, allowing 48 yards of total offense and minus-20 rushing on the day.
Lucas Winchester had an interception and the defense stuffed Salem on nine negative carries.
Cambridge hosts Fort Edward next week for Homecoming weekend, then travels to Canajoharie and Whitehall after that, two of the top teams in Class D.
"We'll finally get to play, we haven't played a full game yet, the JV has played half a game every game," Luke said. "I'm looking forward to the games that mean something."