Cambridge scouting report: One bad quarter is all that keeps Bobcats from being 3-0
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Bobcats are one disastrous first quarter away from coming into Friday night’s game with the Logan Chieftains undefeated.
In their season opener with Indian Creek, the Blue and White were shelled for 20 points in the first quarter of a 20-0 loss to the Redskins.
To sum up the Bobcats’ first quarter, on the Redskins’ second possession, Cambridge made an interception but fumbled during the return and Indian Creek returned that fumble over 60 yards for the game’s second touchdown.
Since then, Cambridge has recorded wins over John Glenn (30-0) and Canton South (28-19). Like Logan, CHS overcame a fourth-quarter deficit last week against Canton South by scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Lewis leads the Bobcats’ ground game with 44 carries, 265 yards and four touchdowns. He has completed 18 of 36 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Cambridge offense is diverse, lining up in jumbo sets with three running backs and spreading the field with five receivers and no running backs. Lewis is the most important player in either type of offense.
When the Bobcats run the football, Rusty Hayhurst (6-2, 180, junior) and William Lowe (5-10, 175, junior) are the primary ballcarriers.
Hayhurst had a breakout game last week, scoring a pair of touchdowns, and for the season has rushed 35 times for 192 yards and three scores. Lowe adds 71 yards on 21 carries.
Koby Berger (6-0, 225, sophomore) and Garth Charlton (6-0, 215, junior) are the fullbacks. The pair have combined for nine carries and 26 yards.
The Bobcat receiving corps is headlined by Jake Pershing’s (6-0, 180, senior) seven receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. Josh Seckman (5-9, 145, senior), Alex Valentine (6-0, 150, senior), and Marquis Hamilton (5-8, 160, junior) are also threats.
Cody Wallace (6-0, 210, junior) is a pass-catching tight end.
Junior tackles Harrison Ogle (5-11, 270) and Lewis Webb (6-0, 240) bookend senior guards Tanner Eldridge (6-0, 250) and Josh Schubert (5-8, 215) on the offensive line. Hunter Hostutler (5-10, 175, junior) is the center.
On defense, the Bobcats rely on aggressive play and athleticism to force opponents into mistakes. CHS will line up in a 4-2-5 defense with athletic linebacker/safety hybrids.
Wallace and Thomas Arnold (6-0, 200, sophomore) will be the ends with Eli Johnson (6-3, 370, senior) and Tommy Moore (5-8, 225, junior) playing inside. Eldridge adds depth at tackle and Austin Daniels (5-9, 180, senior) at end.
Berger and Charlton are physical, run-stopping linebackers who can cause problems in the passing game with the ability to blitz and get after the quarterback.
Hamilton, Hayhurst, Pershing and Lowe will all see time at the two strong safety posts. Seckman, Valentine, and Lee Colvin (5-10, 150, junior) will all rotate at cornerback, while Lewis and Valentine will both see action at the lone free safety spot.
Adam Fox (6-0, 160, senior) is a talented placekicker and punter. He converted a 21-yard field goal against John Glenn, but missed just wide on a 40-yard attempt last week. Pershing and Lewis return kicks and punts.
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Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News. And Friday night, you can once again listen to Logan Chieftain football live on the Internet by logging onto loganfootball.com, where Waugh and Kevin Dunigan will bring the play-by-play.