Indians roll into Class D final
The Indians scored and scored and scored some more en route to a blowout 75-30 victory over the Burgers to move on to the Class D sectional final next Saturday.
Cambridge's balanced running attack was a major difference in the game as nine of the 11 touchdowns the Indians scored came on the ground.
The two-headed monster of senior Jonas Butz and junior Tommy English both went over 100 yards rushing on the day, with Butz accumulating 117 yards and English racking up 100. Butz had four rushing touchdowns, while English had two. Backup running back Tyler Linendoll even got in on the action with a pair of rushing touchdowns himself.
The Indians' other two touchdowns came from the passing of senior Zack Rowland, who passed for 207 yards on the day.
Helen Mooney, the Indians kicker and the record-holder for most points in New York state history by a female player, made 9-of-11 PAT's and crossed the 100-point threshold.
Warrensburg's offense was predicated on the rushing attack with Trevor Prosser leading the way with all four of the Burgers touchdowns. The senior rushed for 188 yards, while teammate Cole Lanfear had 107 yards.
"Offensively they're a really tough team," Cambridge coach Doug Luke said. "They have a couple really good running backs and some lineman that are really good at blocking."
Despite those large totals, Luke was happy with how his defense played the run for most of the game.
"They hit some holes and they score some points," said Luke of the opposing running attack. "We did what we had to do up to that point. I thought through three quarters we were in pretty good shape."
The Indians have been dominant throughout the season with an 8-1 record. In all but one game, they dominated their opponent and have scored over 50 points in a game in seven of their wins. With such a lopsided score for most of Saturday's contest, Luke had to take some of his starters out for some of the game, but he alluded to the fact that it's tough to do that when his starters need reps and most games have been very similar to this one.
"It's been a really tough season and its not because of the games. It's because the lack of (competitive) games," Luke said. "If this is a normal game, our JV would have been in there before the second quarter was over. Conditioning is part of it."
With Warrensburg keeping its starters in late in the game, to protect his less experienced JV players, Luke made the choice to put his starters back in.
"I hate to look up there and see 75 points, but I threw him a bone and he didn't want to take it and I just didn't have much choice," Luke said. "I just don't want my little (JV) kids to get hurt. He understood that and I understand he's trying to build a program. I would have liked to see him run it out, but he didn't, so he made a choice and I made a choice."
With Saturday's contest now in the past, Cambridge sets its sights on the only team to provide a competitive contest this season and the only team to beat them, Greenwich. The Witches are undefeated at 9-0 and topped the Indians 43-38 back on September 30. Greenwich beat Hoosic Valley in its sectional semifinal game 49-12.
Next Saturday's contest will be the rematch and Cambridge is excited for the opportunity to get the win.
"We can't make mistakes against Greenwich," Luke said. "Stopping (Cole) Burgess is another question and (Reese) Cristaldi is a hell of a player. Greenwich is a solid team and we're lucky to have the opportunity to try and play them again."
The sectional final kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schuylerville High School.
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