Boys Varsity Football · Football Week 7 Preview: Mason Comets


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com

 

 

What:             Colerain Cardinal Varsity Football Game Preview– Week 7
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (6-0, 4-0) vs. Mason Comets (5-1, 4-0)
Where:           Dwire Field @ Atrium Stadium, Mason Middle School, Mason OH
When:            Friday October 5 @ 7:00 PM
Internet:        LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST-CLICK HERE for WeAreColerain.com YouTube Channel

 

Key Team and Player Stats/Comments


MASON COMETS (5-1, 4-0)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W 10-16, Aug 24 vs. Springboro (3-3 D1 R3)
L 21-34, Sep 01 @ La Salle (4-2 D2 R8)
W 20-6, Sep 07 vs. Oak Hills (3-3 D1 R4) *
W 30-27, Sep 14 vs. Sycamore (4-2 D1 R4) *
W 34-21, Sep 21 @ Hamilton (0-6 D1 R4) *
W 19-0, Sep 28 @ Lakota West (2-4 D1 R4) *
Oct 05 vs. Colerain (6-0 D1 R4) *
Oct 12 @ Middletown (1-5 D1 R4) *
Oct 19 vs. Princeton (1-5 D1 R4) *
Oct 26 @ Fairfield (5-1 D1 R4) *

Offense:
266.2 Total YPG (5th in GMC)
187.7 Rush YPG (5th in GMC)
78.5 Pass YPG (9th in GMC)
22.3 Pts/game (4th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #10 Collin Brown (Jr.) 6’4” 206 lbs:  47-89 471 PASS, 3 TD, 3 INT
RB – #3 Logan Dalton (Sr.) 6’1” 190 lbs:  107-632 RUSH, 5 TD
RB – #21 Nolan McCormick (So.) 5’10” 180 lbs:  88-518 RUSH, 6 TD
WR – #18 Alec Dardis (Jr.) 5’9” 167:  13-167, 1 TD
WR – #11 Nick Niehoff (Sr.) 6’3” 163:  13-197, 2 TD

Defense:
238.3 Total YPG allowed (3rd in GMC)
127.2 Rush YPG allowed (4th in GMC)
111.2 Pass YPG allowed (4th in GMC)
15.7 Pts/game (5th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #52 Chase Evans (Sr.) 6’2” 253 lbs:  19 Total TCKLS, 1.0 Sacks
LB – #15 Anthony Molinari (Sr.) 6’2” 225 lbs:  34 Total TCKLS
LB – #42 Charles Sipe (Sr.) 6’2” 205 lbs:  33 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack
DB – #9 Michael McCalmont (Jr.) 6’3” 195 lbs:  21 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 2 FF, 1 FR
DB – #1 Dominick Nigro (Sr.) 6’3” 200 lbs:  23 Total TCKLS, 2 INT

COLERAIN CARDINALS (3-0, 1-0)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W 23-0, Aug 24 vs. La Salle (4-2 D2 R8)
W 14-12, Aug 31 @ St Xavier (2-4 D1 R4)
W 1-0, Sep 07 vs. Princeton (1-5 D1 R4) * 1
W 44-3, Sep 14 vs. Middletown (1-5 D1 R4) *
W 45-0, Sep 21 @ Sycamore (4-2 D1 R4) *
W 48-6, Sep 28 vs. Hamilton (0-6 D1 R4) *
Oct 05 @ Mason (5-1 D1 R4) *
Oct 12 @ Lakota East (4-2 D1 R4) *
Oct 19 vs. Fairfield (5-1 D1 R4) *
Oct 26 @ Lakota West (2-4 D1 R4) *

1 – won via forfeit

Offense:
375.8 Total YPG (2nd in GMC)
276.8 Rush YPG (1st in GMC)
99.0 Pass YPG (6th in GMC)
29.2 Pts/game (2nd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #2 Deante Smith-Moore (Sr.) 5’9” 185 lbs:  92-549 RUSH, 9 TD; 28-45 594 PASS, 11 TD/1 INT
RB – #23 JJ Davis (Sr.) 5’9” 180 lbs:  27-220 RUSH, 3 TD; 9-193 REC, 5 TD
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Jr.) 5’6” 165 lbs:  24-196 RUSH
FB/LB – #5 Ivan Pace Jr. (Sr.) 5’11” 222 lbs:  63-494 RUSH, 7 TD; 5-123 REC
OL – #60 Ace Ehrenschwender (Jr.) 5’11” 270 lbs

Defense:
176.0 Total YPG allowed (2nd in GMC)
83.4 Rush YPG allowed (1st in GMC)
92.6 Pass YPG allowed (3rd in GMC)
3.0 Pts/game (1st in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL/OLB – #99 Eric Phillips (Sr.) 6’4” 280 lbs:  16 Total TCKLS, 1.5 Sacks
DL – #58 Dante Corleone (So.) 6’1” 250 lbs:  12 Total TCKLS, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #25 Michael Bess (So.) 5’10” 211 lbs:  31 Total TCKLS, 1 FR
LB – #7 Luke Bolden (Sr.) 6’2” 227 lbs:  40 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 1 FR, 3 INT
DB – #8 Jakari Patterson (Sr.) 6’2” 188 lbs:  19 Total TCKLS, 2 INT
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Jr.) 6’2” 195 lbs:  25 Total TCKLS, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR

Keys to Victory for Colerain

  • OFFENSE: For the second week in a row, the Cardinals went into halftime with a 35-0 lead and started the second half with a running clock for the 3rd week in a row. The offense started off a little slow last week with a turnover early in the game but after that, it was all Cardinals, all the time.  This week it was USAToday High School Player of the Week nominee Ivan Pace Jr. (8-136 RUSH, 2 TD) and WeAreColerain.com Player of the Game Syncere Jones (4-106 RUSH, 2-12 REC) who led the attack for the Cardinals.  The offense overwhelmed a lesser opponent, but that won’t be the case this week.  Mason is in the top half of the GMC in all defensive categories.  They will provide a stiffer test for this offense.  If there is anything to nit pick on this offense it is this:  fumbles at the mesh.  DSM and Ivan Pace Jr. seem to have one or two mis-handles a game and put the ball on the turf.  It usually doesn’t come back and bite them as the defense is lights out, but this will be an interesting test.  Improvements come throughout the season and this will certainly be one of them.  Wild card is Jr. FB Hamzah Abdul-Waheed.  Still looking for his first varsity touchdown, he has filled in for Ivan Pace Jr. at FB to give him a rest and has done quite well running hard through the tackles with better than average speed at the FB position.
  • DEFENSE: The defense has been absolutely unstoppable. After last week, they have created 16 turnovers in 6 games.  They are playing fast and playing with confidence.  Everyone is contributing at a high level and making plays all over the field.  Led by Sr. Cpt. LB Luke Bolden, the LB’s have been everything that was hoped of them.  Another great story is the play of the defensive line.  So. Dante Corleone and Jr. Donovan Owens, first time starters, have brought real size and solid play to the line this season and allowed Sr. Cpt and LB Eric Phillips to use his massive size (6’5” 280 lbs) to put pressure on the QB and his passing lanes.  If the QB looks to scramble, he finds So. LB Michael Bess as well as Pace and Bolden waiting in the wings.  The Comets are a run-first team and that plays into the Cards strength, only allowing 83 yards/game, the best in the GMC.  Look for at least one more turnover for the Cards on defense as they look to keep another opponent under intense pressure.

 

Bottom-Line

“The Streak” has now hit 71 GMC games in a row.  This past Wednesday (10/3) represented the 10 year anniversary of Colerain’s last football loss.  It is hard to imagine but many of the players who will be suiting up on Friday night were in pre-school or Kindergarten when the Cards fell to a tough and talented Middie team in Middletown.  Fast-forward to today and the program is as strong as ever.  Mason joined the GMC in 2007 and are 0-11 vs. Colerain.  The Cardinals have seen better Mason teams than what they will face on Friday night…but that doesn’t matter.  Too many mistakes or overlooking any opponent can be enough to break the streak.  This Colerain team seems locked in and is getting better each and every week.  Mason is fundamentally sound and plays hard.  It won’t be a running clock at halftime this week, but look for the Cards to pull away in the second half and secure their seventh victory of the season.

 

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

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