Quarterback Caleb Tingle ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more as the Cambridge Bobcats rolled to a 41-7 victory over the Marietta Tigers in an East Central Ohio League contest Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium.
The Bobcats scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns and added three more in the second to take a commanding 34-0 halftime lead and spoil homecoming night for the Tigers.
Cambridge got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 13-play, 74-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 6-yard touchdown run from running back Trevor Hardesty.
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Anthony Kimbrough tackles Cambridge’s Trevor Hardesty (20) at the goal line Friday night.
Hardesty accounted for 50 of those yards on 10 carries.
After the Tigers went three-and-out for the second consecutive time, the Bobcats drove right back down the field and when Tingle broke free for a 33-yard touchdown run, Cambridge had a 14-0 lead.
The Tiger offense failed to get a single first down in the first quarter as the Cambridge defense limited MHS to just 11 plays from scrimmage in the opening quarter.
CAMBRIDGE 41 MARIETTA 7
Cambridge 14 20 7 0 - 41
Marietta 0 0 0 7 - 7
C: Trevor Hardesty 6 yd. run (Eric Fox kick) 5:23
C: Caleb Tingle 33 yd. run (Fox kick) 1:32
C: Logan Helmick 4yd. pass from Tingle (kick no good) 9:56
C: J.D. Demkowicz 41 yd. pass from Tingle (Fox kick) 8:32
C: Ivan Gadson 41 yd. run (Fox kick) :54
C: Tingle 11 yd. run (Fox kick) 10:41
M: John Henry 3 yd. run (Brent Huck kick) 8:58
Cambridge: First downs: 19, Rushes/yds: 44-269, Passing yards: 79, Total yards: 348, Penalties-yds: 10-88, Punts-avg.: 1-38, Fumbles-lost: 0-0, Turnovers: 0.
Marietta: First downs: 10, Rushes-yds.: 31-105, Passing yards: 39, Total yards: 144, Penalties-yds.: 4-29, Punts-avg.: 5-36.0, Fumbles-lost: 2-0, Turnovers: 4
Cambridge: Rushing: Hardesty: 19-113, TD, Tingle: 9-79, 2TD, Gadson: 3-53, TD, Maurice Lathan: 7-40, Michael Wildroudt: 1-19, Jacob Schubert: 6 (-35). Passing: Tingle: 6-12-0INT-2TD. Receiving: Demkowicz: 2-54, TD, Gadson: 2-21, Devon Francis: 1-10, Helmick: 1-4, TD.
Marietta: Rushing: Henry: 10-52, TD, Zachary Hearn: 3-20, Anthony Kimbrough: 4-12, Quinton Coffield: 7-12, Eddie Kimbrough: 2-5, Chance Wright: 2-2, Spencer Frum: 2-3, Bernard Johnson 1 (-1). Passing: A. Kimbrough: 3-12-21-3INT, Henry: 3-8-18-INT, Receiving: Wright: 3-20, Henry: 1-9, Connor Beavers: 1-6, Coffield: 1-4.
Next Game: Marietta: Home vs. New Philadelphia.
Hardesty intercepted an Anthony Kimbrough pass late in the first quarter to give Cambridge possession of the ball deep in Tiger territory and moments later Tingle connected with Logan Helmick on a four-yard touchdown pass to make it a 20-0 game early in the second quarter.
"We were in position to make plays, but missed tackles or missed assignments just seem to cost us," said first year Tiger head coach Adam Eichorn. "Thats just part of these kids growing up and learning the game of football."
That learning curve would take a few more hits before the end of the half as Cambridge turned two more Tiger interceptions into points to take the commanding 34-0 halftime lead.
After the Tigers managed just four first downs in the first half, Eichorn elected to play some younger kids in the second half including sophomore Zachary Hearn and freshman John Henry.
"The second half we came out and didn't give up and some young guys got in there," said Eichorn, whose Tiger's losing streak was extended to five games. "Regardless of what the scoreboard says, we've got to play our game."
Hearn rushed for 20 yards on just three carries including an 18-yard run which proved to be the Tigers longest gain from scrimmage.
Henry took over at quarterback for Kimbrough in the second half and rushed for 52 yards on ten carries.
After Cambridge extended the lead to 41-0 on the second touchdown run of the game by Tingle, the Tigers scored their lone touchdown of the game.
Henry passed for 13 yards and rushed for 21 more on the scoring drive including the final three yards to make it a 41-7 game.
"We gave John Henry a chance there in the second half and he came in and made some good throws," said Eichorn. "Even as a freshman he understands the opportunity to get on the field and make things happen."
The orange-and-black managed just 144 yards of total offense in the game compared to 358 for the Cats.
Hardesty paced the Cambridge offense with 113 yards on 19 carries, while Tingle rushed nine times for 79 yards and completed 6-of-12 passes in the game for 89 yards.
Things will not get much easier for Eichorn and his Tiger's next week as they host the New Philadelphia Quakers in another conference battle.
"We need to watch film tomorrow and learn from this," said Eichorn.
"They (New Philadelphia) are another top notch team, but any given team can be beaten on any given Friday night."
The Tigers fell to 1-5 on the season, while the Bobcats improved to 4-2.