Linendoll, English rush Cambridge past Chatham in Class C
So Linendoll took No. 6.
Linendoll may want to continue using the new number.
He rushed for a team-high 247 yards and three scores, while teammate Tommy English added another 150 and two touchdowns as the Indians won their fifth Super Bowl in six years, 41-27, over the Panthers.
"I forgot my jersey in the car, I thought it would ruin my mojo," Linendoll said.
Linendoll gave Cambridge an early lead as the Indians received the opening kickoff. He scored from two yards out for a 6-0 lead.
After a Chatham 3-and-out, English finished off a scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and the two-pointer gave the Indians a 14-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.
"Tyler felt better today, [Thursday] was his first practice of the week," said Cambridge coach Doug Luke, who won his 13th sectional championship. "Both [Tyler and Tommy] hit the hole and got through it, the line makes it easy. If you can get through the first five yards, both of them are capable of bringing it all the way and that's what happened, they hit the seam and took off."
The Panthers flipped the field early in the second on a punt that was downed at the Cambridge 2, but the offense quickly made up the distance. The first play was a 46-yard run by Linendoll and then a couple plays later, he went 42 yards to paydirt to up the Indians lead to 21-0.
"It was one of those great calls, a dive play for a bunch of yards," Luke said. "We're guessing all the time. We hit a couple plays, and tricked them with that play action pass. You save those for the right time."
Chatham got on the board behind senior Triston Schermerhorn, rushing in from seven yards out with 4:24 left in the half to cut the deficit to 21-7 and it stayed that way until the half.
Schermerhorn rushed for more than 100 yards in a driving rain.
The Panthers received the second half kickoff and a short field after Cambridge tried an onside kick to start. They took advantage and cut the lead to one score at 21-14.
But immediately Cambridge answered. They noticed that the defense had moved up to stop the run, no one back to defend the pass. So running a bootleg, Calvin Schneider completed a 45-yarder to a wide-open Soyer Mattson to make the lead 28-14.
"They got it down to seven and we had something in the bag," Luke said. "They didn't have enough guys over there. We didn't have a lot of trouble running it, but any time we got in trouble, our kids responded. We found a way to score."
Linendoll was the next to find the end zone, rushing for a 44-yard touchdown to up the lead to 35-14 near the end of the third quarter.
Chatham's Casey Sitzer caught a 18-yard fourth-down touchdown to cut the lead one more time, but Cambridge's English had the eventual knockout blow three minutes later with a seven-yard touchdown run.
The Indians improve to 10-0 on the year and have won 18 in a row.
"Chatham was a good team, we just used our advantages," Linendoll said. "It's an honor [to win sectionals], especially with Salem with us."
Cambridge advances to the state regional, where they'll face Section X's Ogdensburg, 20-7 winners over Saranac. Game time is still to be determined.
"We've had challenges this year, there's been teams out here that have pressed us to know that we have to be full speed all the time," Luke said. "We came in prepared, offensively we had a good game-plan. We couldn't stop them throwing, so that's something to work on this week."
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