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Football preview: Cambridge Christian


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM

Lancers looking forward to return of QB Young

Coach Bob Dare and the rest of the Lancers are expecting a big season from the 6-foot-1 Garrett Young. He passed for more than 1,200 yards in just half a season in 2012 that was cut short due to injury.

Back and healthy, Young already passed for 400 yards and eight TDs in the spring game against Admiral Farragut.

“He's got interests from colleges and he's an outstanding athlete and quarterback,” Dare said. “He shows that our offense can be diverse and if we weren't expecting a lot from him, then we wouldn't really wouldn't be expecting much from this season — which we are.”

SUPPLY

Trevor Smith, Sr., kicker/wide receiver/safety

A private-school team like Cambridge won't have a big roster, so that's why a guy such as Smith won't take a play off.

“He won't come out,” Dare said with a laugh. “He's a very big asset for us.”

However, Smith is the biggest asset to the team as kicker. He has drawn interest from Ivy and Patriot League colleges. He is the also the team's new No. 1 receiver after grabbing three touchdowns last season, but has big shoes to fill with the departing Robbie Robertson. He's also expected to help replace Robertson's team-high four interceptions in 2012.

Lloyd Woods, Sr., linebacker/tight end

The true leader on the Lancers defense is also the player Dare calls “the strongest player on our roster.” Woods returns after a stellar junior season in which he led the team with 120 tackles, three fumble recoveries and a sack.

“He's one of the top guys at his position in our classification and he deserves it,” Dare said. “He's the captain, the leader, one of the hardest-working players I've seen. We need him on defense.”

Woods also will get “what everyone wants,” Dare said. Filling in at tight end, the 5-foot-10 powerful player is expected to catch some passes and help block on the offensive line.

DEMAND

Running backs

Robertson and Brandon Park combined for 20 rushing touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards rushing, so any team would take a hit in the backfield losing those kind of stats. However, Dare is optimistic with the return of junior Josh Wolcott, who showed signs of promise last season, gaining 73 yards on 10 carries.

Youth
Cambridge, as a program, has never seen the postseason, and this is the year Dare aims to change that. With great returners set in skill positions, Dare feels this is the Lancers' breakthrough year, even in a tough Class 2A-District 5.

“We played in 7-on-7 tournaments this summer and played bigger schools than us and held our own,” Dare said. “We know our district is tough with Carrollwood Day and Indian Rocks Christian, but if (making the playoffs) isn't your big goal, you might as well be (an) independent (team).”

If anything will keep Cambridge out of the playoffs, it will be the young players who have to play older than they are, Dare said, but adds, “Our guys know what to do. They're experienced and ready to play. They're ready to go further than before.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Bell

Sept. 6: at Bradenton Christian

Sept. 13: Bishop McLaughlin

Sept. 20: at Keswick Christian

Sept. 27: All Saints' Academy

Oct. 4: Northside Christian

Oct. 18: Indian Rocks Christian

Oct. 25: Carrollwood Day

Nov. 1: Canterbury

Nov. 8: at Sarasota Out-of-Door

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 AJ Cooper WR/DB 5-9 135 Jr.

3 Titus Ramthun WR/DB 5-10 125 So.

4 Garrett Young QB/DB 6-1 170 Jr.

5 Jack Banales WR/DB 6-1 150 Jr.

7 Lloyd Woods TE/LB 5-11 185 Sr.

10 Tristan Wood QB/LB 6-0 165 Jr.

11 Trevor Smith WR/DB/K 6-3 170 Sr.

12 Nick Stein WR/DB 5-11 150 Jr.

14 Shane Eyre TE/DE 6-0 145 Fr.

20 Zack Stein RB/LB 5-11 170 Fr.

21 Luke MacCullough RB/LB 5-9 165 So.

22 Jake Ferguson WR/LB 5-10 150 Fr.

34 Grant Muenter WR/DB 6-3 160 Jr.

40 Josh Wolcott RB/LB 6-1 170 Jr.

44 Andrew Cunningham RB/LB 5-10 192 8

50 Troy Ater OL/DL 5-8 180 Fr.

51 Zack Kostur OL/DL 6-3 175 Jr.

52 Brandon Edmonson OL/LB 5-10 165 Jr.

59 TJ Layman OL/DL 6-3 180 So.

60 Nick Porto OL/DL 6-1 205 Sr.

62 Alton Kelly OL/DL 5-7 210 Jr.

63 Zack Skau OL/DL 5-10 215 So.

64 Don Hayes OL/DL 5-9 210 So.

65 Tanner Smelt OL/LB 6-0 170 Jr.

66 Cullen Peterson OL/DL 5-11 190 Fr.

70 Will Singleton OL/DL 5-8 236 Fr.

71 Sebastian Miranda OL/DL 6-2 290 Fr.

72 Riley Wood OL/DL 5-10 200 Fr.

73 William Watson OL/DL 6-4 225 Jr.

74 Caleb MacCullough OL/DL 6-0 230 Sr.

75 Colin Walsh OL/DL 6-0 241 So.

80 Zack Froelich WR/DB 5-7 120 Fr.

82 Phillip Bealor TE/LB 5-10 145 Fr.

87 Jacob Enns WR/DB 5-8 120 Fr.

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