Indians ready for run at Class D title
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> It's business as usual for the Cambridge football team and head coach Doug Luke this season.
In his 20th season at the helm, Luke is ready to help lead his Indians to other run at a Class D championship.
"Our goals are no different as they have been before," Luke said. "We're going to take things game by game and hopefully be in a position at the end of the season to contend in Class D."
The Indians have a very talented team for the 2016 season.
Cambridge returns two of their best players from last year in juniors Brendon Holcomb and Colton Dean.
Holcomb was the Indians quarterback last season, but will transfer to play tight end and middle linebacker on defense, positions that Luke saids fits him the best.
Dean returns to the Indians backfield as one of their top running back and will move from linebacker to defensive tackle on defense, helping Cambridge have a more complete front seven.
"Brendon and Colton are our two most important players on defense," Luke said. "The two of them are the core of our defense in the middle and really make it tough for teams to run on us inside."
Also returning for the Indians are running backs Ryan McLenthian and Tommy English.
Both players will play multiple skill positions on offense and will be key players in the secondary on defense for Cambridge.
As for new players stepping into big roles for Cambridge this season, the biggest change will be under center as Zack Rowland will take over quarterback duties for the Indians this season.
The change at quarterback is actually the best thing Luke saids for the team as Rowland gives the Indians a dual threat player under center.
"Last season Zack was not ready just yet to be the quarterback, so we stuck Brendon in there but now Zack is more then full capable of being our guy," Luke said. "He looked really good in the 7-on-7 events we participated in over the summer and has really impressed the coaching staff here at the start of the season."
A new player in the backfield and on defense for the Indians this year is transfer Maurice Seymore.
The senior has the capability to be a really big threat for the Indians out of the backfield and be one the team's top players on defense saids Luke.
Junior Jonas Butz will see extended time as a wing, tailback and receiver for Cambridge this season and senior Shawn Lemieux will give the Indians a big target at 6'3 on the outside as a wide out as well.
Max Hoffer will be the team's top lineman on their offensive line, which is the team's biggest weakness right now Luke saids.
"The offensive line right now it a bit of a weakness for us because of injuries and our lack of size," Luke said. "We do though have some very quick kids up front, so were hoping our conditioning and speed can help us tire out opposing defenses front seven."
Holcomb then becomes a huge key player at tight end, Luke saids since he will be able to help out the tackles on run plays.
So far, the Indians have had a pretty easy go of it to start the season will a dominating 60-14 win over Rensselaer in their season opener last Friday night.
"I think the win definitely showed that offensively we can do anything from running the ball inside or outside to being able to pass effectively," Luke said. "It's a great way to start the season, but now the goal is to build on it and try to get better in our next game."
The Indians will next play Helderberg Valley in their home opener this Saturday at 1 p.m.
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