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2013 Football Preview: Cambridge Bears
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 27, 2013 01:19 PM | 1505 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Running back JD White gives Bears a top scoring threat on offense and special teams.
Staff / Erin Gray
Running back JD White gives Bears a top scoring threat on offense and special teams.
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Upon reflection on Cambridge’s first year with a football program, head coach Craig Bennett looks at the long journey that the Bears have taken. “Last season was tough because we didn’t have a facility in the summer,” said Bennett, who enters his second year at Cambridge after two separate five-year stints on the coaching staffs at Pope and Milton. “We worked out at a LA Fitness gym and Milton was nice enough to allow us to use their facility. We’ve had to constantly adapt to the obstacles facing us. You take for granted what you have at an existing school.”

After having only one player on the entire roster who played at a varsity level prior to last season, the Bears will return ten starters on offense, including sophomore running back JD White, who had more than 900 yards rushing along with three kickoff returns for touchdowns last year.

The other main offensive threat will be running back Eric Cizek, who will run behind an experienced offensive line including Drew Dixon, Krysna Tanksley and Malik McNeal. The trigger man for pistol offense will not be known until the first game of the season as Cambridge has an open competition at quarterback.

The defense also returns 10 starters with five seniors including defensive lineman Josh Kania, who has been highlighted by Bennett to be the strong point of the unit. Tanksley and McNeal will also play on the line while sophomore linebacker Trey Wolf and Eddie Aganov provide support on the back end.

Incumbent punter Hunter Smith was named to the All-Region team last season and will be joined by place kicker Clay Hammer to handle the Bears’ special teams’ needs.

Cambridge finished last season with one win, an impressive 45-13 region victory over North Springs, and looks to build towards the future. “I try to stay positive with the team and know that this is a three to four year plan,” said Bennett. “We have kids playing both ways last year and we’ve struggled with depth. They have accepted the challenge and want to play a varsity schedule on Friday nights. We don’t talk about being young and have no excuses. Our kids will be better for it.”

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