As fall creeps ever closer we all anticipate what is sure to come over the next few weeks. The day’s grow shorter, apples will be picked and none of us can find the scraper the first morning there’s frost on the windshield. One more thing we’ve come expect, Cambridge will win football games almost every weekend and compete for sectional, if not state championships.
Last season after years of dominating the Class D ranks, the Indians moved up to the C classification and never missed a beat going 10-1, with a Section II title and a state quarterfinal appearance.
While graduation in June took many key players with it, head coach Doug Luke certainly has a nice selection from which to fill the void.
Luke remarked that the major surprise this preseason was “Team numbers, 52 players. We have lots of players that may be able to help especially as the season progresses.”
The Indians will return 10 starters combined on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Running backs Keaden Ogilvie and Gabe Sgambettera, wideout Soyer Mattison and tackle Cooper Wood return offensively, with six returning starters on defense including linebackers Jordan Dean, Hunter Day and Aiden Terry, D-lineman Jaden Watters and Ogilvie and Sgambettera in the defensive backfield.
In terms of what Cambridge-Salem needs to do for a successful season Luke offered, “With so many new players everyone learns their position and then it’s the coaches job to put everything together. We have to work as a team.”
The head coach continued, “We want to follow in the footsteps of previous teams. These players have grown up in a winning tradition and we want to keep it going.”
When asked about formations Luke said,” Defensively we are a 3-5 team but that will vary with the offenses we play against each week.”
Offensively they’ll run multiple offenses from many formations and Luke added, “We want to improve our passing game.”
Regarding championship contenders the Cambridge-Salem mentor replied, “We will treat every team as if they were division and sectional contenders. We hope at the end of the year we are one of the teams playing for a championship.”
And if history has taught us anything, it’s as the leaves change color this October the Indians once again, will be hunting a football championship.