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Football Week 4 Preview – Sycamore (3-0, 1-0)

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Chris Himonidis

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What:             2017 – Week 4
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (1-2) vs. Sycamore Aviators (3-0)
Where:           “The Cage”, Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Road
When:            Friday September 15, 2017 @ 7 PM
Internet:        LIVE VIDEO – WeAreColerain.com

 

Key Team and Player Stats/Comments


SYCAMORE AVIATORS (3-0, 1-0)

2017 Schedule/Results:

Aug 25 W 33-0 @ Loveland (0-3 D2 R8)
Sep 01 W 17-0 vs Cincinnati Mount Healthy (0-3 D3 R12)
Sep 08 W 21-7 vs Mason (2-1 D1 R4)
Sep 15 @ Cincinnati Colerain (1-2 D1 R4)
Sep 22 vs Middletown (0-3 D1 R4)
Sep 28 vs Fairfield (1-2 D1 R4)
Oct 06 @ Hamilton (1-2 D1 R4)
Oct 13 @ Cincinnati Oak Hills (0-3 D1 R4)
Oct 20 vs Liberty Township Lakota East (3-0 D1 R4)
Oct 27 @ Cincinnati Princeton (0-3 D1 R4)
Offense:
248.7 Total YPG
174.3 Rush YPG
74.3 Pass YPG
23.7 Pts/game

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #10 Drew Altemuehle (So.) 6’2” 205 lbs:  11/20 for 108 yds, 1 TD/0 int
QB/WR – #1 Jonathan Malek (Sr.) 5’7” 160 lbs:  5/10 for 98 yds, 2 TD/1 int; 24 rushes for 132 yds, 5.5 AVG yards per carry
RB/DB – #2 Jordan McConnell (So.) 5’7” 150 lbs:  34 rushes for 156 yds, 4.6 AVG yards per carry, 4 TD
WR – #41 Myron Williams (Sr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  5 rec 119 yards, 2 TD

Defense:
103.7 Total YPG allowed
42 Rush YPG allowed
61.7 Pass YPG allowed
2.3 Pts/game

Defensive Players to watch:
OLB – #32 Garrett Boyd (Sr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  15 Tackles, 1 Sack
DL – #52 Keion Williams (Sr.) 6’1” 268 lbs:  9 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks
LB – #13 Marquise Fisher (So.) 6’3” 202lbs:  14 Tackles
OL/DL – #70 Tate Goodyear (Sr.) 6’4” 275 lbs:  12 tackles, 2 sacks

COLERAIN CARDINALS (0-2)

2017 Schedule/Results:

Aug 25 L 3-7 @ Cincinnati La Salle (3-0 D2 R8)
Sep 01 L 17-20 vs Cincinnati St Xavier (3-0 D1 R4)
Sep 08 W 38-7 @ Middletown (0-3 D1 R4)
Sep 15 vs Cincinnati Sycamore (3-0 D1 R4)
Sep 22 @ Hamilton (1-2 D1 R4)
Sep 29 vs Mason (2-1 D1 R4)
Oct 06 vs Liberty Township Lakota East (3-0 D1 R4)
Oct 13 @ Fairfield (1-2 D1 R4)
Oct 20 vs West Chester Lakota West (0-3 D1 R4)
Oct 27 @ Cincinnati Oak Hills (0-3 D1 R4)

Offense:
242 Total YPG
179.3 Rush YPG
62.7 Pass YPG
19.3 Pts/game

 Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #12 Gunnar Leyendecker (Sr.) 5’11” 185 lbs:   113 Rush yards, 4.9 AVG, 13/25-148 yards, 4 TD
RB – #6 Deante Smith-Moore (Jr.) 5’11” 172 lbs:  110 Rush yards, 3.0 AVG, 3/8-40 yards
FB – #23 JJ Davis (Jr.) 5’8” 171 lbs:  72 Rush yards, 7.2 AVG
FB/DB – #1 Syncere Jones (Jr.) 5’11” 180 lbs:  101 Rush yards, 5.1 AVG; 84 yds REC, 2 TD
WR/DB – #2 Ja’Von Hicks (Sr.) 6’2” 185 lbs:  3 rec for 34 yards REC, 1 TD
Defense:
184.7 Total YPG allowed
74.7 Rush YPG allowed
110 Pass YPG allowed
11.3 Pts/game

Defensive Players to watch:
LB – #4 Daniel Bolden (Sr.) 6’2” 236 lbs:  23 tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR
LB – #5 Ivan Pace Jr. (Jr.) 5’11” 210 lbs:  18 tackles, 0.5 Sacks
LB – #7 Luke Bolden (Jr.) 6’2” 204 lbs:  25 tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 2 FF
DB – #8 Jakari Patterson (Jr.) 6’1” 183 lbs:  10 tackles, 1 int RET 19 yds for a TD

Keys to Victory for Colerain

  • OFFENSE: FIND AN IDENTITY – Anybody else surprised at last weeks game vs. Middletown? Not the outcome, necessarily, but the path to get there?  The Cardinals beat the Middies 38-7…on the strength of 4-2nd quarter passing touchdowns.  That’s right, we are in week 4 and Colerain has 1 rushing touchdown on the season (vs. St. Xavier in week 2).  Who are these guys?  We will take another step in figuring that out against Sycamore.  The Sycamore defense is statistically the best in the GMC, allowing a ridiculous 42 yds/game rushing.  Will the Cardinals once again try to pound the ball and be the traditional Triple Option team we are used to seeing, or do we see more spread option with Sr. Capt QB Gunnar Leyendecker leading a passing attack we haven’t seen a Colerain team have in years?  Either way, an identity must start to present itself to find consistency as Colerain heads into the meat of its GMC schedule.
  • DEFENSE: STAY ALERT – The defense must keep an eye on Sycamore Sophomore QB Drew Altemuehle. He is a big, mobile QB who, if left unchecked, could cause problems for the defense.  Mobile QB’s who find a way to make plays when the defense breaks down can cause problems for any team, but against the 50 slant angle defense, they can be particularly troublesome.  One only has to look in the history books to see the success several “scrambling” QB’s have had against Colerain over the years with last year’s loss to Sean Clifford and St. Xavier in the playoffs being the most recent example.  The good news is that he is only a Sophomore and the defense has risen to almost every challenge this year.  Sr. WR/QB Jon Malek may also see time in the backfield and while not the size of Altemuehle, he has the experience to be equally dangerous.

Bottom-Line

This will be the 44th meeting between these two schools which, surprisingly, is the 3rd most games against any opponent in Colerain history behind Oak Hills (55) and Mt. Healthy (50).  Since 2000, Colerain has won this game by an average of 42-10.  Do NOT expect that spread this week.  This will be a low-scoring affair early with less than 20 TOTAL points at halftime very likely.  The winner will be decided by who makes the least amount of mistakes and executes their offense the best against two stingy defenses.  The Cardinals offense will need to utilize their edge speed and the blockers on the edge will need to do their best tonight to open lanes for Gunnar and Crew.  If they can do that, it will help neutralize the force that is Sycamore’s SR. DL Tate Goodyear up the middle.  Ultimately, Colerain wins this game but it will most likely be late in the game and very close at that.

WE ARE…COLERAIN!!!

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