CAMBRIDGE 41, POPE 32: Fourth quarter comeback earns big win for Bears



MILTON, Ga. – The Cambridge Bears scored the biggest victory in the football program’s brief history, rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat Pope 41-32 last Friday night.

It was the first home game of the season for Cambridge (1-3), which won once last season against a weak North Springs team.

The Bears jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Pope (1-4) scored four straight touchdowns to go ahead 26-12. Cambridge closed within 26-22 at the half, and the teams swapped touchdowns in the third period before the Bears scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Cambridge quarterback Brian Moore passed for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns, and added 100 yards rushing, scoring on a sneak for the game’s final points.

The Bears jumped out to an early lead on two field goals by Clayton Hammer and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Christian Johnston. A.J. Campbell scored on a short run and Hammer kicked a third field goal to pull the Bears within four points at the half.

A Moore-to-John Hurst pass put the Bears on top in the third period before the Greyhounds again regained the lead. Cambridge capitalized on two of six Pope turnovers to score the go-ahead and clinching touchdowns, with J.D. White and Moore scoring on short runs. Hurst, Johnston and Kyle McDougall all had big receptions for the Bears, with Hurst catching 10 passes for 166 yards.

Nathan Kish keyed the Bears’ defense, with Johnston and Zeke Gormley both intercepting passes.

The Bears open their Region 7-AAAAA sub-region schedule Friday night at Northview (2-2).

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