WHITEHALL - The Cambridge/Salem Indians lost four fumbles and threw for two interceptions as they fell to the Whitehall Railroaders 21-19 at a rainy Ambrose Gilligan Field in Whitehall.
The loss, their first of the season, drops them to 4-1 on the season, and gives Whitehall control of their own destiny in Class D with two weeks left to play in the regular season. The Railroaders, now 5-0, face Hoosic Valley next week and Renssealer to finish the season.
Whitehall took control early when Brad Hanna found the end zone from 3 yards out, then tacked on two more when he was bounced the snap on the fake to give the Railroaders the 8-0 lead. Cambridge would then be forced to punt late in the quarter, when Cody LaRock returned a blocked punt for the score to make it 14-0.
Cambridge was able to find the end zone in the second quarter, when Chris Warnke ran it in from 38 yards out. However, they failed the two-point conversion to trail 14-6 at the half.
Both teams suffered turnovers in the third quarter, when Justin Hoagland fumbled the kickoff trying to stretch out his return. But Cambridge's gift turned into nothing after they fumbled the ball back to the Whitehall Railroaders. Justin Hoagland then made up for his earlier mistake as he made it to the far sideline and beat the defense to extend Whitehall's lead.
On the ensuing drive, Cambridge answered with Caleb Rowland's 34 yard touchdown run, but still was down by two possessions when their conversion try failed on a botched snap.
That would become critical as Cambridge drove the field to end the third quarter, and found success on the first play of the fourth quarter as Ethan English connected with Todd Gorman for the 5 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good, and the Whitehall lead was down to 2.
The rest of the game saw Cambridge try to drive for the go-ahead score, but failed to convert. When passing became critical for Ethan English, he turned it over twice, first by Brian McLaughlin and then by Justin Hoagland, allowing the Railroaders to knee it at the end to finish off the victory.