The 2017 Football season is right around the corner! Coming off another undefeated regular season, this years Varsity squad moves to an 8-game league schedule for the first time in school history. Below is brief review of each game this season.
All Games at 7:00 PM
Week 1 – Fri. 8/25 @ LaSalle Lancers: Cardinals v. Lancers has become the rivalry it was many, many years ago. The Cards will battle LaSalle, the 3-time defending Division II State Champion, for the 4th consecutive year. This game is at LaSalle as part of the 20th Annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown after it was revealed in late July that due to recent revelations regarding NCAA regulations, the game could not be played at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Colerain leads the all-time series, 13 to 9. Special Note: This game is the 1st in a home-and-home agreement with LaSalle. The Lancers will play at The Cage in 2018.
Week 2 – Fri. 9/1 vs. St. Xavier Bombers: This has become a “Clear your calendar” type meeting. Last year, the Cardinals traveled to North Bend Road and beat the Bombers in OT, 20-14 in yet another instant classic. In a rare case of the script being flipped, the Bombers overcame a second-half deficit of 16 points to storm back and end Colerain’s season in the 2nd round of the playoffs by a score of 29-23. The annual rivalry game moves to the Cage this year as Colerain looks to even up their record against the Bombers since the turn of the century at 10 wins apiece.
Here comes the GMC…Colerain has won 17 consecutive (18 overall) GMC Championships and has their eyes set on #18 in a row!
Week 3 – Fri. 9/8 @ Middletown: The Cards head north to battle the Middies for the second year in a row at Barnitz Stadium. The Cards won big last year 47-8 in what was a winless season for Middletown football.
Week 4 – Fri. 9/15 vs. Sycamore: The Region 4 Runners-up from a year ago return to the cage where last year they fell to the Cards 52-7. Gone is Aviator all-world RB Ra’vonn Bonner (Univ. of Illinois) so this group will look markedly different from a year ago.
Week 5 – Fri. 9/22 @ Hamilton: Colerain heads north for the 2nd time two weeks to battle Big Blue for the first time since 2015 when the Cardinals were victorious 42-8. The Big Blue are looking to improve on their 5-5 campaign from a year ago.
Week 6 – Fri. 9/29 vs. Mason: The Comets head to Colerain this year after a tense 30-16 loss last year at the hands of our Cardinals. Led by Sr. RB Matt Sora who finished 4th in the GMC last season with 970 yards rushing, Mason will be a great test right after the half-way point of the season.
Week 7 – Fri. 10/6 – vs. Lakota East: Colerain is 14-1 all-time vs. Lakota east with their lone loss being a 3 point setback in 1999. That means nothing when ex-Colerain Coach Rick Haynes brings his Thunderhawks to the cage. It was just 3 short years ago it took that Lakota East took Colerain to 2OT at home before losing by a single point, 48-49.
Week 8 – Fri. 10/13 @ Fairfield: Possibly the biggest test in the GMC will come in week 8 when the Cardinals pack up the bus and head to Fairfield in what could be a game that decides the GMC Championship. Colerain has not been kind to their neighbors on I-275 as the Cards beat the Indians 28-0 last year and have won 13 in a row. However, Fairfield is loaded with talent headlined by DE Malik Vann (Univ. of Cincinnati commit) and 6’6″ OL Jackson Carman (Undecided – Top 5 are Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, USC and Wisconsin). “Clear Your Calendar Game – Part 2”
Week 9 – Fri. 10/20 vs. Lakota West: No rest for the weary as the Cardinals celebrate their Seniors by welcoming in the always uber-talented and tough Lakota West Firebirds. The Cards are looking to run their overall record vs. Lakota West to 16-1 after having won last year’s contest 31-0 at Lakota West.
Week 10 – Fri. 10/27 @ Oak Hills: Due to the new 8-game league schedule, the GMC did away with the traditional “Rivalry games” in week 10 and went with a more random approach. As it turns out, what is old is once new again! The Cards and Highlanders will resume their rivalry series which has resulted in 56 meetings between the two schools, the most games Colerain has played anyone. Oak Hills Sr. QB Jacob Woycke, who led the GMC in passing yards last year with 2,500, will no doubt come ready to play on his Senior Night at Oak Hills. It will be a great way to end the season for both teams!
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There you have it! A schedule filled with 2 defending State Champions and some of the best Division 1 football Ohio has to offer. Sad that we don’t get to see Princeton this year during the regular season but a full scrimmage on Friday night 8/18 will have to suffice!
Best of luck to the Colerain football team this year as they look to march back to the playoffs for the 8th year in a row and 20th time overall in school history!