Senior Taylor Pike completes the school's first touchdown pass to lead Cambridge past Landmark 22-14.
TAMPA - Cambridge High had reason to celebrate Saturday afternoon, and it wasn't just its 22-14 win against Landmark Christian at Jefferson. The Lancers (2-1), in their first season, also threw their first touchdown pass.
It came in the third quarter with Landmark (1-2) leading 14-11. Senior quarterback Taylor Pike found tight end Spencer Santiago open for a 73-yard touchdown, and the Lancers made the two-point conversion for a 19-14 lead.
"It came at a point in the game where we really needed a big play," coach Dan Rogers said. "I'm proud of our kids who stayed in the game and continued to play hard."
Cambridge turned the game around in the second half.
The Lancers had no completions in the first half but connected on four of six passes for 103 yards in the second.
Rogers said he told his team at halftime not to hold back.
"The main thing I told them I wanted to do was continue to drive the ball forward, and we had a long drive and got a field goal out of the drive," Rogers said.
Landmark had the ball in Cambridge territory in the fourth, but turned it over after two plays. Cornerback Michael de la Rosa intercepted a pass from Andrew Pitts.
"He's a small guy, big player," Rogers said. "For him to come up and make that play really helped us out."
The interception came near their own 30 and the Lancers kept it on the ground on the ensuing drive. On fourth down from the 45, Cambridge's Spencer Brooks gained 20 yards on a fake punt.
"I just looked at the alignment and saw that it was going to work out for us," Rogers said.
That set up a Cory Sims 23-yard field goal for the final margin.
Cambridge had the edge in rushing 180-63, but the Patriots threw for 120 yards, including 71 in the second quarter.
Landmark took the lead in the first on Pitts' 30-yard touchdown to Roman Reiner, who also made the two-point conversion.
But the Lancers answered when Cason Ulmer recovered a blocked punt. Cambridge took the lead on a 23-yard Sims field goal in the second quarter.
The Patriots went up 14-11 on a 23-yard pass to Reiner with 20 seconds left in the half.
The Patriots passing game struggled in the second half. Pitts was 6-of-14 for 49 yards and threw the interception in the fourth quarter.
"I give credit to the other team, though, they really stayed in there for a tremendous game and held on to the end," Rogers said.