Indians stymied by Stillwater in Super Bowl loss
TROY, N.Y. — There seemed to be a lot of what-ifs for the Cambridge-Salem football team in Friday night's Section II, Class C championship game against Stillwater.
But despite a strong effort from the Indians, Stillwater's line dominated in a 21-0 victory in the Class C Super Bowl.
Cambridge coach Doug Luke said it came down to a simple fact.
"They played better than we did," said Luke, after talking to his team. "They made the plays when they needed to and we didn't."
It was the first time since the 2007 Class C state semifinal, a 47-0 loss to Dobbs Ferry, that Cambridge has been shut out.
On the first drive of the game, Cambridge marched down to the Stillwater 9, but were slowed and eventually had fourth-and-goal at the one. They gave it to Calvin Schneider, who was tackled for a loss by Stillwater's Brian McNeil, turning the ball over on downs.
On the next drive, Stillwater went all the way from its own 2 to the Cambridge 18, but a pair of passes from quarterback James Galarneau fell incomplete.
Stillwater got on the board early in the second quarter. Cambridge had fourth down near midfield, but Luc Lescault sacked Cambridge quarterback Jacob Ruggles to give the Warriors a short field with the ball at the Indians' 33. Six plays later, Lescault powered in for the 7-0 lead.
On the next drive, Cambridge got back to midfield and on first down, handed it to Kaedin Ogilvie who went 50 yards for an apparent tying touchdown, but he fumbled near the goal line and the ball went out of the back of the end zone. After a few minutes of deliberation, the referees determined it was not a touchdown and it was Stillwater's ball after the touchback.
Stillwater took advantage of the weird play when Mason Seymour got to the outside and raced past the defense for a 70-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
Seymour was the leading rusher overall, carrying the ball 19 times for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"Cambridge has a great front seven, they were coming up and hitting hard," Galarneau said. "I have to get the credit to the offensive line, they were in the trenches battling. Nothing came easy tonight. It was a total group effort tonight."
At the end of the half, Cambridge got the ball inside the Stillwater 5 again, but two plays in the final seconds were to no avail and it was 14-0 at the half.
In the second half, Cambridge had two more chances in the Stillwater red zone, one after a fumble. On that drive, Cambridge got down to the 4-yard-line, but the Warrior defense came up with a tackle on fourth down to get the ball back.
"The motto has been 'bend, don't break," Galarneau said. "They are a fantastic team, they are going to make plays up and down the field, but once you get into the red zone, you have to make a play and that's what we did tonight."
In all, Cambridge had the ball inside the Stillwater 10-yard-line four times and just could not punch it in.
"Every time it was [more deflating], first drive we got it to the five and couldn't get in," Luke said. "You can only trick teams so much, but when you have to make that big play on the goal line or a 4th-and-1 and you say, let's run it right at them, when you run into a bigger, stronger team, this is what happens. We couldn't move the ball three or four yards when we needed to."
On the final drive for Cambridge, the Indians got down to the Stillwater 14, but a Ruggles pass was intercepted by Seymour, who returned it 70 yards down to the Cambridge 15. Stillwater didn't score on the drive, but it left Cambridge with no time.
"Our kids played hard, we had a lot of yardage, we played pretty decent on defense, none of it was bad," Luke said. "It just wasn't as good as Stillwater."
Cambridge finishes the year 8-2, while Stillwater improves to 10-0 and moves on to the state playoffs.
"Winning the Class C championship is all for the community," Galarneau said. "To finally get this done, there's nothing better."
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