CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Bobcats enter 2021 following a 5-5 campaign that saw them bow out of the postseason via a 34-7 defeat by Heath.
Last season was supposed to be a new dawn for the Guernsey County contingent as they entered the Buckeye 8 following 33 seasons in the ECOL and hired new head coach Ray Leek, however thanks to rolling changes last season the Bobcats only saw two conference games. This year figures to be different for the Big Blue.
Returning at quarterback for the Bobcats is junior Caden Moore (5-10, 165). The signal caller had a successful season last year throwing for 1601 yards and 14 touchdowns while racking up 369 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Coach Ray Leek discusses the upcoming campaign
Backing up Moore are Sophomore Easton Jones (6-0, 200) and frosh Rylee Wilson (5-9, 140).
Returning starting senior running back Caden Kenworthy (5-10, 180) will lead the backfield after success last season.
Jakob Capehart (6-0, 1285, Sr), Juniors Trey Stottsberry (6-0, 170) and Conner Mobelini (6-0, 165) are all competing to get into the mix to spell Kenworthy.
A trio of starters come back to the wide receiving corps, with Xander Caldwell (6-2, 175 Jr), who had 14 catches for 159 yards and a score last season, Owen Feldner (5-10, 165 Jr), two grabs for 21 yards and Devin Ogle (6-2, 175 So) (16 catches, 132 yards and two scores in just three games) ready to catch passes from Moore.
Concerning the wide receivers, Leek said: “Offensively with our wide receivers, we have so much depth. We are looking to spread the ball out and keep guys fresh and let those guys make plays, and we have a lot of guys who can do that for us.”
Senior Levin Polasky (6-4, 210) will line up at tight end and figures to make an impact as both a blocker and pass catcher.
The offensive line has plenty of experience with returning junior starters Andy Ogle (6-1, 230) and Angello Rocco (5-10, 225).
The defensive line will be anchored by returning starter Shaun Harrington, who played a significant role as a freshman.
The linebackers will also be strong with Kenworthy returning to the inside, bookended by twin returning starters at outside linebacker Beau and Trey Stottsberry.
The defensive secondary will also have experience with Caldwell patrolling at safety and Feldner manning a defensive back position.
A pair of kickers will be competing for time, as Connor Theodosopoulos (5-9, 160, Sr) and Lucas Parsons (5-6, 120, Jr) will each look for playing time. Valentine will handle punting duties
Leek is joined on the coaching staff by Jake Tharp, Jalil Carter, Kevin Gunn, Kevin Yurik, Kirkland Davis, Mark Abel, Mark Rider, Tim Wilson and TJ Boyd.
The middle school program is led by Bob Mascolino, Aaron Mathews, Logan McCort, Isaiah Abel and Mike Stoner
Leek concluded, “we are just excited, we can’t wait to get started. Hopefully we have a normal year, compared to last year, and we are looking to have a successful year, make the playoffs and see what we can do once we get there.”
The Bobcats will get things started week one at home against Buckeye 8 foe Indian Creek.