Cambridge hands ’Horns
a 44-8 thumping in opener
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
No number of rose-colored glasses could cast a different light on the Longhorns’ 44-8 loss to Cambridge in the opening round of the C2 playoffs Thursday, Oct. 29.
Coach Dan Lenners said the loss proved to be nothing less than “frustrating.”
He said the Longhorns turned in a good week of practice in preparation for the trip to meet the 5-3 Cambridge Trojans.
However, that excitement didn’t transfer from practice to the game, Lenners noted.
The Longhorns earned the #11 seed in the C2 west division with a hard-fought, final regular season 12-6 win over Perkins County.
Lenners hoped his team could duplicate their hard-hitting performance at Grant against Cambridge. Unfortunately, that never materialized.
Playing in cold, rainy conditions, the Longhorns couldn’t take advantage of stopping the Trojans on the opening possession of the game with a three-and-out.
The Cambridge defense even helped out with a face mask penalty on the Longhorns’ first possession.
However, the Longhorns couldn’t take advantage and were forced to punt.
Three plays later, they found themselves down 0-6.
Starting again on their own 20, the Longhorns picked up a first down before being forced to punt.
Five plays later, the Longhorns looked shell shocked when they fell behind 0-12.
Before the first half would end, Cambridge would put up two more scores for a 26-0 lead.
Lenners said his squad didn’t execute their responsibilities on defense.
He assigned three players to Cambridge’s fullback. Gus Peterson, in the wishbone formation. It didn’t seem to matter as the Longhorns gave up three touchdown runs of 39 yards or more to Peterson.
Lenners said they did a good job on containing Cambridge’s quarterback and halfbacks. But it was the fullback that did much of the damage, scoring four touchdowns.
It was 32-0 before the Longhorns got their only score of the game on a three-yard run by Michael May with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
Alex Strand hit Misael Garcia in the end zone for a two-point conversion to round out the Longhorns’ scoring.
Cambridge returned the ensuing kickoff to the Longhorn 7, scoring one play later.
Cambridge would add one more score in the fourth to make the final score 44-8.
May led the offense with 51 yards on 15 carries. Offensively, the Longhorns finished with 115 yards on the ground and 73 in the air.
Daniel Regier and Tanner Stromberger led the defense with nine tackles each. Tyler Roenfeldt finished with six solos.
The Longhorns finish 6-3 for the season.
Cambridge will play Perkins County today (Thursday) at Grant. The two 6-3 teams will square off at 5 p.m. MT.
Perkins County defeated North Platte St. Pat’s 16-13 in Grant Saturday.
The game was scheduled for North Platte but St. Pat’s choose to play in Grant, giving Perkins County the home field advantage against Cambridge.
Perkins County did not play Cambridge in the regular season this year.
Stats at a glance
Tackles (solos-assists)—Daniel Regier 6-3, Tanner Stromberger 4-5, Tyler Roenfeldt 6-0, Nathan Hinojosa 4-2, Daniel Hogsett 3-1, Alex Strand 2-2, Jeremiah Lueth 3-0, Lucas Bauerle 2-1, Michael May 2-1, Misael Garcia 2-0, Paul Gaschler 1-1, Keithan Cochran 1-0, Callin Ledall 1-0, Kale Gockley 1-0, Jonathan Hess 0-1, Hunter Spady 0-1.
Rushing (attempts-yards-TD)—Michael May 15-51-1, Paul Gaschler 12-36-0, Misael Garcia 5-24-0, Alex Strand 7-7-0, Ethan Haarberg 1-4-0, Taylor Gellerman 1- -2-0, Kale Gockley 1- -5-0.
Receiving (completions-yards-TD-2 pt. conv.)—Misael Garcia 2-31-0-1, Daniel Regier 4-42-0-0.
Passing (attempts-completions-yards-interceptions-TD-2 pt. conv.)—Alex Strand 15-6-73-0-0-1.
Cambridge: 52 yd. TD run by Gus Peterson, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
Cambridge: 25 yd. TD run by Carson Farr, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
Cambridge: 39 yd. TD run by Peterson, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
Cambridge: 1 yd. TD run by Seth Trosper, 2 pt.-conversion run by Gus Peterson.
Cambridge: 44 yd. TD run by Peterson, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
CCS: 3 yd. TD run by Michael May, 2 pt.-conversion pass from Alex Strand to Misael Garcia good.
Cambridge: 7 yd. TD run by Peterson, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
Cambridge: 42 yd. TD run by Isaac Johnson, 2 pt.-conversion failed.
CCS 0 0 8 0— 8
Cambridge 12 14 12 6—44