Indians continue to gain confidence with hot start
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> The Cambridge football team is flying high to start the 2016 season, sporting a 3-0 record to start off the season.
"I'm very pleased with the start to the season our team has had," said Cambridge football coach Doug Luke. "We're coming off a great win against Warrensburg and we continue to get better game to game, so I'm very happy with the way our team is playing right now."
In their three games to start the season, the Indians aren't just winning their games, they have dominated every phase of the game in each contest.
The Indians have beaten their opponents this season by a combined score of 167-20, scoring 60 or more points in two of their wins.
Cambridge's offensive success has been part to the outstanding play of their backs and receivers, beginning with quarterback Zack Rowland.
Rowland has gotten off to a start behind center for the Indians, throwing seven touchdown passes through the first three games of the season.
The group of tailbacks that the Indians have behind Rowland have also put up big numbers in the early part of the season.
Colton Dean, Maurice Seymore, Jonas Butz and Ryan McLenithan have all rushed for at least two or more touchdowns, and Dean and McLenithan have both been huge for Cambridge in the passing attack, with each hauling in two or more touchdowns so far.
"We have a lot of talent and depth at the skills position on offense and that has given us a huge advantage in our games so far," Luke said. "Zack has continued to get better in each game he plays in and his confidence has just kept growing cause of it. All of our running backs are capable of making big time play for us and that is such a luxury to have. When you have a lot of players that can make plays for your team, your going to have a better chance to win games."
The offensive line has also been playing well the past few games, said Luke, and if the guys up front continue to play well, Luke feels the Indians offense will continue to be successful.
The Indians' defense has also been stellar to being the season.
Led by junior linebackers Brendon Holcomb and Max Hoffer, the Indians defense has only give up three touchdowns in their three games played.
The hot start to the season is not a surprise to the Indians, who Luke saids are very confident bunch and believe they have ability to be very successful this season.
"This team expects to do well and I think they want to continue the success here that we have had in the past," Luke said. "They understand that maybe there will team that will come around and beat us, but they believe we have a team that can win any game they go into and that's want you want as a coach."
The tremendous start to the season has also changed Luke's expectation for the team this season he said.
"My expectations for the season went up after our great performance against Warrensburg and I think we are ahead of where we expected to be at this point in the season," Luke said. "We are a way better team from when we started training camp and I believe this team can do some big thing this season. Aim for the stars as I say."
The Indians will look to improve to 4-0 on the season when they host Salem on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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