Cambridge scouting report: Stout defense, ball-control offense powering Bobcats
- By SPENCER WAUGH for The Logan Daily News
CAMBRIDGE — For the first time since 2011, the Cambridge Bobcats are 3-0 with wins over Indian Creek (26-19), John Glenn (17-13), and Canton South (13-6).
If the Bobcats want to return to the OHSAA playoffs for the first time since 2006, a win over Logan on Friday night is the next step.
The Bobcats have been stout on defense, allowing just over 12 points per game while the offense under first-year starting quarterback Nathan Snodgrass (6-1, 185, senior) has controlled the ball and finished enough drives to outscore their first three opponents.
Snodgrass has completed 28 of 63 passes for 359 yards with four touchdowns and only two interceptions. Snodgrass is a dual-threat quarterback and a true pilot for the blue and white offense.
The Bobcats utilize their speed by pulling linemen and moving the pocket east and west and utilizing read-option running plays.
But the Bobcats aren’t all finesse. They will also line up behind center with a pair of running backs.
Tailback Rusty Hayhurst (6-2, 185, senior) leads the team with 194 yards and two scores on 46 carries. William Lowe (5-10, 170, senior) adds 134 yards and two scores on just 28 carries. In the heavy package, Koby Berger (6-0, 225, junior) and Jordan Yerian (5-10, 185, sophomore) are the fullbacks.
In the spread formations, the Guernsey Countians will utilize receivers Marquis Hamilton (5-8, 165, senior), Logan Tuttle (5-6, 130, sophomore), Alex Valentine (6-0, 160, junior), and Trent Valentine (5-8, 140, sophomore). Trent Valentine leads the way with 16 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown.
Cody Wallace (6-0, 210, junior) and Colton Jones (5-9, 165, senior) are the tight ends.
The tackles are Garth Charlton (6-1, 215, senior) and Thomas Arnold (6-0, 205, junior); the guards are Harrison Ogle (5-11, 250, senior) and Garrett Dostall (6-2, 250, junior), and the center is Tommy Moore (5-6, 235, senior).
On defense, Cambridge is led by an outstanding linebacking corps. Charlton and Berger are the inside duo and both played excellent games against the Chieftains last season.
Hayhurst is an outside linebacker while Hamilton and Trent Valentine rotate at the team’s hybrid outside linebacker-strong safety position.
The Bobcats are aggressive but rarely get caught out of position and do a good job of tackling in the open field.
Lowe and Wallace start on the ends, with Thomas Arnold (6-0, 205, junior) adding depth while Moore and Dostall start inside at tackle. Yerian and Ogle add depth at tackle.
Tuttle and Alex Leeper (5-9, 160, senior) are the cornerbacks while Alex Valentine is the free safety. Scottie Minnis (6-2, 165, senior) will also see time in the secondary.
Leeper will handle placekicking and punting duties for CHS. He has converted three field goals so far this season. Lowe and Tuttle return kicks with Trent Valentine the main punt returner.
Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News.