WHITEHALL — There are several very good reasons that Cambridge is the defending state Class D football champion, and they were all on display on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon.
First, there was the offensive line blasting holes that freed the Indians to run almost at will. Then there was quarterback Zack Rowland and his speedy receivers connecting for four touchdowns.
And finally, there was that defense, shutting down Whitehall with suffocating force in a 50-0 Class D-1 victory over the Railroaders.
“That was by far the best we’ve played. We’ve had moments for the first three weeks, that was more of a complete game,” said Cambridge head coach Doug Luke, whose team improved to 4-0 with its 17th consecutive victory.
“All the credit has got to go to the line — I had seconds upon seconds to throw the ball,” said Rowland, who completed all eight of his passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
Cambridge rolled up 526 total yards on offense, including 297 on the ground, led by Jonas Butz. The senior running back rushed for 122 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, and scored on passes of 64 and 65 yards.
“The linemen were doing an amazing job today,” Butz said. “All across the front, they were driving their men back, opening up huge holes for me and then blocking downfield — getting to the second level, third level even — making it easy for me to read their blocks.”
“I’m so glad he’s back there making plays for us, I’m so glad we have the line up there making holes,” Rowland said. “They’re pretty much unstoppable at this point.”
Rowland also connected with Jacob Peters from 9 yards out and with Brenden Holcomb on a 72-yard touchdown pass. Tommy English added touchdown runs of 43 and 2 yards for the Indians, who scored five times on drives of one, two or three plays.
Defensively, Cambridge held Whitehall (3-1) to 30 total yards, including a net gain of 11 yards on the ground. Linebackers Holcomb and Max Hoffer combined on a sack for a safety late in the game.
“Chad and Adam (Burr) kind of have those guys fired up,” Luke said of the Burr brothers, his defensive assistant coaches.
“I think we’re a pretty solid defense — we’ll find out a little bit about that next week,” Luke added, referring to Saturday’s showdown with Greenwich.
The Indians were already looking forward to the clash with the Witches, ranked fourth in the state to Cambridge’s No. 1 this week.
“I like that we’re all pretty much melded together, we’re really clicking,” Rowland said. “This past week’s practice was great — we just talked about having an even better practice this week. Greenwich is a great opponent, we’ve all watched them play and we know they’ve watched us.”
Cambridge 50, Whitehall 0
Cambridge (1-0, 4-0) 27 14 7 2 — 50
Whitehall (0-1, 3-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
C — English 43 run (Mooney kick), 11:03
C — Butz 64 pass from Rowland (Mooney kick), 8:31
C — Peters 9 pass from Rowland (kick blocked), 3:53
C — Holcomb 72 pass from Rowland (Mooney kick), :16
C — Butz 65 pass from Rowland (Mooney kick), 7:02
C — English 2 run (Mooney kick), 2:15
C — Butz 76 run (Mooney kick), 7:10
C — Safety, Holcomb and Hoffer sacked Moore in end zone, 3:13
RUSHING — Cambridge: Butz 6-122 1TD, English 6-71 2TD, DuJack 6-41, Day 6-29, Linendoll 1-25, Ogilvie 3-8, Dean 1-2, Schneider 1-(-1). Whitehall: Covey 13-28, Kennedy 1-6, Paddock 1-1, Rozell 1-(-3), Procella 1-(-4), Moore 7-(-17).
PASSING — Cambridge: Rowland 8-8-0, 229 yards, 4TD. Whitehall: Moore 1-9-0, 19 yards.
RECEIVING — Cambridge: Holcomb 3-92 1TD, Butz 2-129 2TD, Peters 1-9 1TD, Dean 1-5, English 1-(-6). Whitehall: Procella 1-19.
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