CANTON, Ga. — Cambridge head coach Craig Bennett said in any season-opening game, there are bound to be highlights, but often as a team shakes the cobwebs of the offseason, they are accompanied by lowlights.
Bennett said he certainly saw both in Cambridge’s 41-28 loss to Creekview Friday night, the Bears’ sixth-straight loss to the Cherokee County team.
One of the highlights for the Bears’ was the play of quarterback Hogan Dykes and Ridge Polk.
“[Dykes] played extremely well for his first varsity start,” Bennett said. “He handled the pressure well.”
Polk had over 100-yards receiving in what Bennett called a “phenomenal” game for the junior receiver.
“Defensively, we made some mistakes against a good team that is well coached,” Bennett said. “They just made some plays in the second half that we didn’t.”
Two touchdown connections from Dykes to Polk gave Cambridge a 14-13 at the half, but the Grizzlies would score three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to take a two-score lead.
Cambridge cut that lead with another touchdown pass from Dykes to Polk, but Creekview put the game away midway through the fourth with another score.
Bennett said he will not hang his team’s miscues on the players, but rather himself and the coaching staff.
“I own that loss,” he said. “From a standpoint of mistakes, it was us as coaches not putting our kids in the best position at times. I’m proud of our kids, they played hard.”
Now that the Bears’ have game experience, Bennett said his team, including the coaches, will look to made positive strides following the loss.
“The biggest improvement you see during a season is from week one to week two,” he said. “We now know what we have to work on, we know what we have to do better as coaches and continue to keep doing what we did well.”
“It all comes back to where your preparation must meet your expectations.”
Cambridge will take on cross-town rivals Milton this Friday on the road. The Bears fell just short, 28-21, against the Class 7A Eagles last season.