Cambridge, Stillwater battle for Super Bowl title
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Friday's Section II, Class C Super Bowl will be the 10th in a row for the Cambridge-Salem football team.
They've made playing on the first week of November a regular part of the schedule.
Success has been a bit more fleeting for their opponents tonight, the Stillwater Warriors. This is the second time in three years Stillwater is in the title game, but before that, the closest the program has been is a Class C appearance in 1999.
The two former Northern Adirondack League and current Wasaren League foes will go toe-to-toe at Lansingburgh High School, No. 1 vs No. 2, for a chance to advance to the state playoffs.
Stillwater has two main playmakers in seniors James Galarneau and Mason Seymour. Running the read option, the Warriors can count on either guy to run for big yards.
Seymour has rushed for 1,223 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Galarneau has 1,286 yards and 17 touchdowns, so it gives the Cambridge defense something more to think about.
When it's necessary, Galarneau can throw it as well. He's 37-of-62 for 647 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.
"They are good athletes and strong runners," said Cambridge coach Doug Luke.
On the line, they are led by four-year varsity starter Brian McNeil, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. The Warriors use a zone-blocking scheme, allowing them to get to good angles and make running lanes for the backs.
Stillwater has outscored its opponents 355-97 and to reach the final, they topped Fonda-Fultonville and Greenwich.
Cambridge is led, as it usually is, by its running game. This year, the three-headed monster of Kaedin Ogilvie, Gabe Sgambettera and Hunter Day lead the way. The team's second-leading rusher, Calvin Schneider, has been dealing with an ankle injury, so it's unsure if he'll play or not.
Ogilvie leads the team statistically rushing with 1,102 yards and 15 touchdowns, but he's also had a pair of touchdown catches and a punt return for a score.
Sgambettera is third with 629 yards and nine scores, but he can also be dangerous on special teams, as evidenced by his spirit-breaking 86 yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter against Tamarac in the semifinal.
Hunter Day has 503 yards and six touchdowns as well, but the senior linebacker does much of his damage on defense. He has 73 tackles, second on the squad to Jordan Dean's 80, along with 1.5 sacks.
Similar to Stillwater, Cambridge quarterback Jacob Ruggles hasn't had to throw the ball a lot this year. He's been a bit more inconsistent, completing 39-of-68 for 460 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. His main target is Soyer Mattson, who has caught 21 passes for 298 yards and five scores.
Defensively, Cambridge is led by Day and Dean in the front seven, along with Blake Baylor in the secondary. Baylor has a team-leading five interceptions, adding one last week in the win over Tamarac.
The game is tonight at 7 p.m. at Lansingburgh High School in Troy. Tickets are $6 for adults.
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