Indians host Tamarac for chance at Class C final
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — This Saturday's Section II, Class C sectional semifinal is old hat for one of the teams involved. For the other, not so much.
But when Cambridge/Salem — winners of 17 sectional titles in its illustrious history — and Tamarac — who won its first sectional game in more than three decades last week against Watervliet — line up on Saturday, Cambridge coach Doug Luke said his team needs to be ready to go, no matter what the situation.
"Being new [to the sectionals] could either be bad for them or good for them," Luke said. "If they come out all ready to play and something good happens early, they start believing. If we can jump on them early, maybe they'll say that they're satisfied they got to this point and throw in the towel. They're going to come out fired up, what do they have to lose?"
Tamarac is the No. 6 seed at 6-2 overall. After losing their first two games of the year to Fonda-Fultonville and Stillwater, they've rattled off six wins in a row. They are led by senior Jonah Rescott at running back and linebacker. Tristan Nemjo will be under center for the Bengals.
"[Jonah's] definitely the main focus, but you can't look at just one guy because that's when holes happen in other places," Luke said. "We can't become complacent thinking that one guy's getting the ball because that's when you get hurt. We're not prepping any different, we just have to have our eyes on No. 44 a little more."
Cambridge's coming in at 7-1 overall, the No. 2 seed in Class C.
Five different running backs have more than 150 yards rushing this season, led by Kaedin Ogilvie's 921. He's followed by Calvin Schneider, who has 865 yards, but the senior will not play due to an injury.
"We got Bradley Rowland back from an ankle injury, but we lost Calvin," said Luke, who said that Schneider's status was week-to-week. "Offensively, Calvin might be our best straight-on runner. We didn't use a couple of other backs [against Voorheesville], but we feel comfortable with any of them."
The top three backs, Ogilvie, Schneider and Gabe Sgambettera, have combined for 30 touchdowns.
Defensively, Cambridge is led by Jordan Dean, Hunter Day and Doug Pennington, all of whom have more than 50 tackles on the year.
In the defensive backfield, Blake Baylor has four interceptions to lead the Indians, followed by Sgambettera with three. As a team, Cambridge has 18 takeaways.
The game will start at 1:30 p.m. at Cambridge's home field on Saturday. The winner gets a matchup with either Greenwich or Stillwater in the final, which would be at Lansingburgh next week.
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