The mindset in post season play for many teams is to “survive and advance”. In Ausable Valley on Friday Cambridge “survived” the weather and “advanced” past a determined Moriah squad, posting a 54-20 victory in Class D state quarterfinal action.
With temperatures in the low teens and a gusty wind making it feel much colder, the Indians found themselves in an unfamiliar position, trailing midway through the third period, but scored the final 36 points of the contest in posting the “W”.
Cambridge turned a 20-18 halftime deficit into an 18-14 advantage with 5:21 left in the third when Colton Dean scored on a 1-yard run.
Moriah quickly answered when Dylan Trombley found Jerin Sargent on a 46-yard scoring strike and the 20-18 lead with 5:30 remaining in the quarter.
But before the end of the third the Indians would find the end zone three times to put this one away.
With 5:14 left Jonas Butz ran it in from 32 yards out and Cambridge led 24-20. After a Hunter Day interception gave the Indians the ball back deep in Moriah territory it was Tommy English from 6-yards out and a 32-20 Cambridge advantage with 2:41 remaining in the period.
On the next Moriah series another interception by the Indian defense, this one from Tyler Linendoll set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Linendoll and Cambridge took control at 40-20 with less than a minute to play in the third.
In the final period Cambridge added touchdowns on a Zack Rowland fumble return from 55 yards and with 1:50 left Linendoll added a 30-yard scamper for six to round out the scoring.
Next up for Cambridge is a Friday afternoon (4 p.m.) semifinal against Millbrook in Middletown, one win away from yet another trip to the Carrier Dome for the depending Class D state champion Indians.