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Spring football: Cambridge at Northside Christian

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Spring game-breakers: Northside rushed the ball 37 times against Cambridge and gained 322 yards on the ground. Chris Culbreth was the Mustangs' leading rusher, gaining 146 yards on 10 carries. He ran 42 yards for a touchdown in the waning seconds to end the game. … Culbreth started at quarterback and played the entire first half there, completing 5-of-10 passes for 63 yards, but he threw two interceptions. … The Lancers' Lucio Ojeda scored on touchdown runs of 10, 10 and 9 yards, and finished with 102 yards on 12 carries. … Jeremy Smith ran for 75 yards on 13 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown just before halftime for Northside. Smith also connected on a 21-yard field goal to give Northside a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter. … Jimmy VanDeilen played the entire second half as Northside's quarterback. … Cambridge's Damarcus Faison and Brandon Park each had a first-quarter interception to thwart Northside scoring opportunities. … Cambridge could muster only four first downs on offense. … The Lancers' most successful play was a pass from quarterback Michael McDermott to Dixon Phillips for 50 yards early in the second quarter. … Cambridge turned the ball over on downs four times, had two passed intercepted and fumbled the ball away once. … The game was the last for Cambridge head coach John Kelly, who is leaving to take over as offensive coordinator and boys track coach at Strawberry Crest. Kelly spent three years on the Lancers staff as the strength and conditioning coach, and one season as head coach.

Did you know? Northside's defense held Cambridge to 79 yards of total offense.

Audible I: "It's definitely bittersweet. I love all these kids. … I'm excited about the possibilities for me and my family, but it's always going to be bittersweet leaving the kids. They've got a lot to be proud of. We had some positive things tonight, but we were very inconsistent." – Kelly

Audible II: "We changed up some stuff. We went to a hurry-up, no-huddle. We hope that will be a big benefit for us in the future. … We needed to have a win tonight for the success of the program." Andre Dobson, Northside Christian head coach.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

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