Tampa — Cambridge came out of the gate with a 20-point first quarter and held on from there.
Cambridge (5-4, 3-3 Class 2A, District 5) received the opening kickoff and scored when Zack Stein turned a screen pass on fourth and 10 into a 27-yard touchdown. After an interception on Josh Belton's first pass, quarterback Garrett Young ran in a touchdown from 1 yard, making the score 14-0 before the first water break.
"(Young) is a gutsy guy," Lancers coach Bob Dare said.
"We jumped out to a pretty big lead and should have been able to keep the pedal to the metal."
Cambridge's offense scored only one more touchdown. But its defense held the Crusaders, who had scored 52 points over their past three games, scoreless until the fourth quarter.
"We prepared as a team really well," Cambridge senior linebacker Lloyd Woods said. "It was a team effort."
Canterbury (7-3, 3-3) picked up nine first downs during the second half, but its drives were derailed by poor shotgun snaps and three turnovers, one an interception Young returned for a clinching touchdown.
"We had to prove the papers wrong," Young said. "They picked us to finish fifth in (2A-5)."
The senior night win guaranteed Cambridge a third-place finish.
"We are getting closer to our goal," Dare said. "Our goal is to make the playoffs, and I think we are moving in that direction."
Zealand Shannon, Times correspondent