After winning back to back state championships in Class D the Cambridge football team, with additional players from Salem, moves to Class C competition and while their competition on Saturday was a Class D squad, I think the Indians will fare well in their new classification.
Flashing a stable of backs that can take it the distance at any time, running behind a strong, experienced O-line the Indians cruised past Hoosic Valley 41-7 in Cambridge on Saturday.
Cambridge-Salem wasted little time in getting on the board taking the opening kickoff and putting together a scoring drive with equal doses of backs Tommy English, Gabe Sgambettera, and Tyler Linendoll. All three carried the ball multiple times in the series with a 32-yard English run to the Valley 5 yard line setting up a Linendoll score and a 6-0 Indian lead.
Cambridge-Salem’s next possession came quickly when Hoosic Valley went to it’s bag of tricks early, going for it on fourth and five from their own 28 yard line with a fake punt. The Valley attempt came up a yard short and C-S took over on the Indian 32.
On second down Kaeden Ogilvie made his only run of the contest count, ringing the bell from 32 yards out and the Cambridge -Salem lead was 13-0.
On Hoosic Valley’s next series the Indians picked up a pair of first downs before being forced to punt and Isaac Carlon hit a beauty pinning C-S back on their own five yard line.
After Sgambettera gave the Indians some breathing run with a six yard tote, Linendoll took a pitch right, and took it the distance on 89 yard touchdown run up the right sideline and at 20-0 with 1:08 left in the first, the Indians were in complete control.
Hoosic Valley on their next drive, used a 42 yard run by Jacob White to set up a first and goal from the C-S four, but the Indians defense stiffened forcing a field goal attempt that was wide left.
Later in the quarter after Calvin Schneider found Soyer Matteson for a 23 yard throw and catch, it was English joining the scoring parade running it in from 47 yards out and a 27-0 advantage for the Indians from the north.
A Sgambettera touchdown run of 36 yards with 3:27 left in the half sent the teams to the break with C-S holding a commanding 34-0 lead.
After intermission the visitors from Schaghticoke scored the only points in the third stanza when White scored on a two-yard touchdown run with :30 left in the period.
Icing on the cake came for Cambridge-Salem with 1:23 left, when Eli Truehart stepped into a throw and delivered a 24 yard touchdown strike to Matteson capping a decisive victory for the Indians.
Hoosic Valley, who moved the ball well at times, was led by White who finished with 71 yards rushing and Will Schofield who added 64 yards to the attack.
Cambridge-Salem saw Linendoll run for 139 yards, English 127 yards, with Sgambettera adding 62 yards to an Indian ground game that totaled 360 yards on the afternoon.
Now both squads focus on next week when Hoosic Valley plays their home-opener hosting Corinth on Saturday, while Cambridge-Salem goes on the road to face last year’s Class C Section II champion Holy Trinity.