CAMBRIDGE — The fight was more than the Cambridge Blue Jays expected, but head coach Mike Klingbeil had a simple message when reflecting on the victory.
“A win is a win,” Klingbeil said.
Tyler Curtis returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter and caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter from Cambridge quarterback Ezra Stein as the Blue Jays earned a 14-7 victory against Belleville at home in Capitol South action Friday.
Curtis carried the ball 16 times for 51 yards as the Cambridge offense was bottled up for most of the game. The senior’s interception and touchdown catch were the two biggest plays from scrimmage.
“He was sitting in zone coverage and I don’t think the quarterback ever saw him,” said Klingbeil of the interception. “Then he was able to run into the end zone. It was probably the most space he had to run in all day.”
Senior tight end Jordan Marty had four catches for 62 yards. Stein completed 9 of his 17 passes for 142 yards. The Curtis touchdown catch from Stein was a screen pass in which the Blue Jays took advantage of the aggressive Belleville pass rush and Curtis was off to the races for the second time in the game.
From there, though, offense was limited.
“The second half was just kind of a defensive struggle,” Klingbeil said. “We had one first down and we just ground it up on the slippery field. We weren’t able to really run the ball. We were in a position where we had to make vertical throws.”
The Blue Jays will return to action at home against Marshall on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Cambridge (6-1, 2-0 Capitol South) and Marshall (2-5, 2-1 Capitol South) have played against two common opponents — New Glarus/Monticello and Belleville.
Marshall defeated Belleville, 13-7, and lost to New Glarus/Monticello, 33-7. Cambridge defeated New Glarus/Monticello, 28-7.
“We’ve always talked about getting bigger plays out of the vertical passing game,” Klingbeil said. “This week with Marshall, they have three good players in the secondary, so trying to clean up some things in the front so that we can run the ball; that is going to be important.”