By Frank Foreman
What the Cambridge Springs football team accomplished Friday night against rival Saegertown wasn’t just good, it was historically good.
In a game that was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils ran all over the Panthers in their own backyard at Canon Memorial, posting a dominating 68-0 victory, and setting a school record for single-game points scored in the process.
Now that’s how you kick off a season.
“We’re very pleased with our effort. I though we did what we needed to do, and that we played to our potential,” Cambridge Springs head coach Clint Rauscher said.
When you put nearly 70 points on the scoreboard, it’s an understatement to say that the offense was clicking.
In fact, the offense was nearly untouchable.
The most untouchable player on the field Friday was Blue Devils’ running back Colton Noble, who time and time again broke runs outside for big gains and had little trouble finding the end zone. On more than one occasion, Noble went untouched through and around the Saegertown defense on his way to a five-touchdown performance.
For Noble, he enjoyed every yard against the rival Panthers. Every one of his 163 yards on the ground came with satisfaction, as Noble is quick to recall a pair of losses during his freshman and sophomore seasons to Saegertown that still sting.
Friday eased that pain in a big way.
“It was awesome. Definitely surreal,” Noble said. “The first two years I played them we got destroyed. It’s good to give it back to them for once.”
The Blue Devils wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard, when on the third play from scrimmage, Noble ran through a wide hole on the left side of the line and scampered to a 62-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
After a Saegertown turnover on downs, the Blue Devils needed just six plays before Noble found the end zone again, this time on a 22-yard run to make it 14-0 with 5:18 left in the first quarter.
While Noble made the most of his touches, equally as impressive with the ball was Cambridge Springs quarterback Devin Walker. The Blue Devils’ offense continually ran option plays to the right side of the formation, and each time Walker made what seemed to be the perfect decision.
Late in the first quarter, Walker ran a flawless QB keeper on the option run and scored from 12 yards out to make it 21-0.
Walker was sharp with the football to say the least.
“I thought (Walker) ran the option well, and his decision making was really good,” Rauscher said. “We didn’t throw the ball much, but other than that I thought he was very solid. His option game was really good tonight.”
Two plays into the second quarter, following a Gavin Hohn diving interception from Saegertown quarterback Ryan Kirdahy, Noble punched it in on a 26-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0.
The rout was on.
“We had a physical difference over (Saegertown), so we scored on plays we probably shouldn’t have scored on,” Rauscher said. “We have things we need to get better with.”
Before the second quarter came to a close, Walker rushed for a 28-yard touchdown, Noble scored another TD from 13 yards away, and Walker connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Hohn.
And just like that, Cambridge Springs held a commanding 47-0 lead at halftime.
Noble started the third quarter where he left off in the first half, rushing for a 10-yard touchdown to make it 54-0, and promptly ending his evening to make way for other members of the Blue Devils’ backfield to get some action.
Noble was a force all game, and it certainly wasn’t a surprise to Rauscher.
“He’s a horse,” Rauscher said. “We really didn’t have to ride him that much either. He made some big plays, and he’s a real scrapper.”
A humble Noble credited his success to the bodies up front, a unit that created hole after hole for Noble and nearly everyone else on the Blue Devils’ roster to run through.
“Our line did amazing,” Noble said. “On just about all of our scores, our backs went untouched. I give a lot of props to the offensive line, specifically our tackle Blaine Wolfrom. He was great tonight.”
Cambridge Springs tacked on a pair of late scores with a 9-yard run by Luke LeSuer and 2-yard punch in from Cody Lanning to round out the scoring.
Cambridge Springs out-rushed Saegertown 305-71. Walker was the second leading rusher behind Noble with 52 yards.
The 68-point outburst broke the previous Cambridge Springs school record of 66 points, posted in a 2008 victory over Harborcreek Youth.
Though it’s just one win, it’s exactly how the Blue Devils wanted to start the season.
And just like any coach, despite the blowout, Rauscher found plenty of things that need to be worked on.
“I told the guys that we still have to get better as the year goes on,” Rauscher said. “Hopefully, this isn’t our high-water mark for the year.”