It’s not supposed to be this way. It’s the “second season” where only the best teams hang out. The deeper you go, the better the competition, and the games become battles that are decided late. Somebody forgot to tell Cambridge.
Friday afternoon at Dietz Stadium in Kingston the Indians made a state semifinal look more like a preseason scrimmage against an over matched opponent, blowing out Halden 61-6 and advancing to next Saturday’s state championship in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse.
Cambridge running back Ryan McLenithan took the first play from scrimmage to the house from 62 yards out and right there Mom could have called us all in for supper.
The Indians added three more touchdowns in the first period, led this one 47-6 at the half and as the saying goes, “If it was a fight, they’d a stopped it.”.
By games end the Cambridge scoring parade included six Indians players that ran for touchdowns with Maurice Seymore, Jonas Butz, and McLenithan all scoring twice, while Colton Dean, Zack Rowland, and Tommy English added touchdowns as well.
The Indians will make their first trip to the dome since 2005 where they’ll face Maple Grove in a high noon showdown between a pair of undefeated squads.
Friday’s semifinal was one more weekend of Cambridge domination in a season that has been a perfect storm for the Indians.
They’ve out scored their opposition 662-87 which breaks down to a 55-7 verdict weekly. Cambridge has scored 60 points or more six times this season while scoring less than 44 just once this year. Defensively the Indians have thrown five shutouts with many of the points that opponents did manage to score coming well after the game had been decided.
Thirteen players have scored touchdowns this year for Cambridge, four with ten or more, and six with at least seven trips to the end zone.
They’ve been tested but once this year, that coming in the regional against Ticonderoga where the Sentinels trailed by just seven late in the third period, before Cambridge put them away 55-28. A 27 point margin of victory in everyone’s mind is a one-sided affair. For Cambridge that’s a nail biter.
So for a talented and deep Cambridge squad, a dominant, season-long march filled with gaudy numbers will end next Saturday in Syracuse, playing for a state crown and the most important number of them all.