|Cambridge takes battle of unbeatens with 29-13 home win over the Plainsmen|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Fullback Gus Petersen gave
his Trojans the lead for good with his team’s first touchdown, collected all of its receiving yards and kept Plainsmen rushers in front of him as a linebacker in a 29-13 win in Cambridge.
Peterson played a starring role in Cambridge’s first drive, accounting for 51 of his team’s 74 yards and barreling up the middle of the field for a four-yard touchdown. The 210-pound senior leaped to grab a 19-yard pass from quarterback Rayce Dauwen to give his Trojans a first-and-goal situation just two plays before his scoring run.
Peterson caught all five passes Dauwen completed for 122 yards, including a third-and-13 catch that saw him slice laterally through Perkins County’s
defense for a 22-yard gain and a first down at midfield.
The Trojans found great success running laterally past possible tacklers and finding seams before turning upfield.
“We failed to execute three important fundamentals of the game—blocking, tackling, and toughness. That will be the challenge for our coaches and
players as we work to improve this week,” Plainsmen Head Coach Chip Kay said after the game.
Two short Isaac Johnson touchdown runs and another from backfield mate Ethan Long buried the Plainsmen under a 29-0 shutout with 9:58 remaining.
Perkins County tidied up the scoreboard with a couple of rushing touchdowns, one by Michael York from nine yards away and another one-yarder from Alex Johnston as all time expired.
The win continued Cambridge’s undefeated season at 4-0; the loss dropped the Plainsmen to 3-1.
Spied on by Petersen from his middle linebacker position, the Plainsmen offense stayed quiet. The speed of fellow linebacker like Cody Vandergrift hindered Perkins County’s favored option play, and the visitors stitched together less than 50 yards of total offense before the final two scoring drives of the game.
Linebacker Michael York gave his Plainsmen their only glimmer of hope by separating Long from the football and allowing defensive lineman Tyler Brott to recover the fumble, giving Perkins County a crack at cutting into a 14-0 Cambridge lead.
But Vandergrift shot through an opening on the right flank and tackled York’s quarterback keeper for a loss, and lineman Logan Baker reached York and sacked him to stall the drive 10 yards behind where it started.
After a short punt put the Trojans in business at midfield, Petersen sliced across the field with a 32-yard pass reception and Isaac Johnson did the honors and put Perkins County behind 22-0.
Two incomplete passes short-circuited Perkins County’s last drive in the third quarter, and Cambridge quarterback Dauwen next scrambled out of a Plainsmen rush, changed direction constantly, and spotted the ball six yards from the end zone with a 33-yard escape. Three plays later, Long put the game hopelessly out of Perkins County’s reach at 29-0.
Running back Alex Johnston sped 40 yards in one run before scoring the Plainsmen’s second touchdown on the next play.
“We will [now] spend our time looking forward and preparing for our district opponents, the next four games are district games and will ultimately decide our season. All of our season goals are still attainable if we head into each game with focus and intensity and play to win,” Coach Kay said.
The 2-2 Bayard Tigers, fresh off of two blowout wins over
Sutherland and Bridgeport that followed two large-margin losses to North Platte St. Pat’s and Kimball, travel southeast to Grant for Friday’s game against the Plainsmen at Haenfler Field.
PC 13, Cambridge 29
Plainsmen 0 0 0 13—13
Cambridge 6 8 8 7—29
Cambridge 1 5:36 Petersen 4 run (kick blocked)
Cambridge 2 6:47 Johnson, I. 7 run (Petersen run)
Cambridge 3 1:46 Johnson, I. 9 run (Dauwen pass to Petersen)
Cambridge 4 9:58 Long 1 run (Rodriguez kick)
Perkins County 4 4:11 York 15 run (Hagan kick)
Perkins County 4 0:00 Johnston 1 run (no kick)
Rushing leaders—Perkins County: Johnston 19/94 (40) TD; Hatcher 4/22 (13); Prante 3/12 (5); York 12/8 (15) TD;
Cambridge: Long 21/117 (19) TD; Petersen 12/45 (12) TD; Johnson, I. 7/41 (14) 2TD.
Passing—Perkins County: Hite 1-3-13; York 0-5-0; Cambridge: Dauwen 5-7-122.
Receiving leaders—Perkins County: Boldt 1/13; Cambridge: Petersen 5/122 (32).
Tackling leaders—Perkins County: Schulze 9.5/5; Fosbinder 7/10; Brott 6.5/9 York 6.5/5; Prante 5.5/9; Hite 5/4