A much anticipated matchup for the Class D crown turned into a one-sided affair as Cambridge jumped out early, and cruised past Greenwich 40-7 to earn the Section II championship for the 16th time since 1992.
After these two squads met in the regular season and played a back and forth contest with the Witches prevailing 43-38, most felt Saturday’s game would be much of the same. Didn’t happen.
Indians running back Colton Dean who had played tight end most of the season started at fullback in this one, a move from head coach Doug Luke that was money.
Dean scored on runs of 6,11,6 and 10 yards all coming before intermission part of a 151 yard afternoon for the powerful 6′ 2″, 235 -pound Dean.
Cambridge took advantage of three first half turnovers by Greenwich, recovering a pair of fumbles and intercepting a Cole Burgess pass in the end zone late in the second period giving their potent attack extra possessions and fueling their scoreboard assault.
Greenwich’s only score in the game came with 4:27 remaining in the half when Burgess found Josh James for a 13-yard touchdown connection cutting the Cambridge lead to 26-7.
But less than two minutes later Dean was in the end zone with his fourth score and the Indians took a commanding 33-7 lead to the half and rolled home to the surprisingly easy “W”.
Running back Reese Cristaldi led the Witches offensively gaining 118 yards on the ground as Greenwich wraps up another outstanding fall season with a 9-1 mark.
Cambridge (9-1), and defending Class D state champions, advances into state quarterfinal action next weekend where they’ll face Moriah from Section VII in AuSable Valley.