Boys Varsity Football · Football Week 9 Preview: Fairfield Indians


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com

 

 

What:             Colerain Cardinal Varsity Football Game Preview– Week 9
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (8-0, 6-0) vs. Fairfield Indians (7-1, 6-0)
Where:           “The Cage” at Colerain Stadium, Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Road
When:            Friday October 19 @ 7:00 PM
Coverage:    LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST-CLICK HERE for WeAreColerain.com YouTube Channel
Theme:          Jersey Theme for Senior Night

TALE OF THE TAPE!!

 

Results and Key Players to Watch

FAIRFIELD INDIANS (7-1, 6-0)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W 49-21, Aug 24 @ Centerville (0-8 D1 R3)
L 14-15, Sep 01 vs. Springfield (7-1 D1 R3)
W 40-6, Sep 07 @ Hamilton (1-7 D1 R4) *
W 37-3, Sep 14 vs. Lakota West (3-5 D1 R4) *
W 41-27, Sep 21 @ Lakota East (5-3 D1 R4) *
W 31-13, Sep 28 vs. Princeton (2-6 D1 R4) *
W 40-7, Oct 05 vs. Sycamore (5-3 D1 R4) *
W 41-10, Oct 12 @ Oak Hills (3-5 D1 R4) *
Oct 19 @ Colerain (8-0 D1 R4) *
Oct 26 vs. Mason (6-2 D1 R4) *

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #5 Jeff Tyus (Sr.) 6’5” 230 lbs:  71-99 1,040 PASS; 45-165 RUSH, 12 TD, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
RB – #9 Jutahn McClain (Jr.) 5’10” 175 lbs:  157-1,222 RUSH, 21 TD; 18-304 REC, 3 Fumbles
WR – #1 Hajiere Pitts (Sr.):  3-61 REC; 5-91 RUSH, 1 TD
WR – #3 Peyton Brown (Sr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  17-276 REC, 2 TD; 17-138 RUSH, 2 TD, 2 Fumbles
TE – #83 Erick All (Sr.) 6’4” 215 lbs:  23-341 REC, 3 TD
Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #8 Greg Fitzpatrick (Sr.) 5’11” 260 lbs:  34 Total TCKLS, 1 FF, 6 SACKS
LB – #54 Del Thomas (Sr.) 6’0” 225 lbs:  53 Total TCKLS, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT, 5.5 SACKS
LB – #28 Mekiyell Muhammad (Sr.) 6’1” 225 lbs:  41 Total TCKLS, 3 FF, 1 FR, 7.5 SACKS
LB – #51 Malachi Sanders (Jr.) 6’2” 240 lbs:  37 Total TCKLS, 4 SACKS
LB – #17 Phoenix Porter (Jr.):  37 Total TCKLS, 2 FF, 2 FR, 2.5 Sack

Results and Key Players to Watch
COLERAIN CARDINALS (8-0, 6-0)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W 23-0, Aug 24 vs. La Salle (4-3 D2 R8)
W 14-12, Aug 31 @ St Xavier (4-4 D1 R4)
W 1-0, Sep 07 vs. Princeton (2-6 D1 R4) * 1
W 44-3, Sep 14 vs. Middletown (1-7 D1 R4) *
W 45-0, Sep 21 @ Sycamore (5-3 D1 R4) *
W 48-6, Sep 28 vs. Hamilton (1-7 D1 R4) *
W 42-7, Oct 05 @ Mason (6-2 D1 R4) *
W 42-0, Oct 12 @ Lakota East (5-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 19 vs. Fairfield (7-1 D1 R4) *
Oct 26 @ Lakota West (3-5 D1 R4) *

1 – won via forfeit

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #2 Deante Smith-Moore (Sr.) 5’9” 185 lbs:  103-633 RUSH, 10 TD; 34-55 681 PASS, 14 TD/1 INT, 8 Fumbles
RB – #23 JJ Davis (Sr.) 5’9” 180 lbs:  37-337 RUSH, 5 TD; 9-193 REC, 5 TD, 1 Fumble
RB – #1 Syncere Jones (Sr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  19-280 RUSH, 2 TD; 5-37 REC
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Jr.) 5’6” 165 lbs:  35-226 RUSH
FB/LB – #5 Ivan Pace Jr. (Sr.) 5’11” 222 lbs:  79-666 RUSH, 9 TD; 6-152 REC, 1 TD, 1 Fumble

 

Defensive Players to watch:
DL/OLB – #99 Eric Phillips (Sr.) 6’4” 280 lbs:  18 Total TCKLS, 2.5 Sacks
DL – #58 Dante Corleone (So.) 6’1” 250 lbs:  16 Total TCKLS, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #25 Michael Bess (So.) 5’10” 211 lbs:  37 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 1 FR
LB – #7 Luke Bolden (Sr.) 6’2” 227 lbs:  53 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 1 FR, 3 INT
DB – #8 Jakari Patterson (Sr.) 6’2” 188 lbs:  24 Total TCKLS, 2 INT
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Jr.) 6’2” 195 lbs:  29 Total TCKLS, 2 INT, 1 FF, 2 FR

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

  • OFFENSE: Fairfield is the #1 ranked rush defense in the GMC, allowing only 75 yards/game on the ground. They are athletic, fast and sound tacklers.  They are led by SR Del Thomas (53 tackles, 5.5 sacks).  Colerain would be wise to run the ball early and often to open up passing lanes later in the game as the Indians are susceptible to the pass, allowing 164 yards through the air which is second worst in the GMC.  Negative plays must be kept to a minimum, which will be tough against a defense that has 30 sacks on the season.  The will be one of the best defenses Colerain has faced all year, including weeks 1 and 2 against LaSalle and St. Xavier, respectively.  The Cardinals will need to use all of their weapons and not the ball over to score the points necessary to win this game.
  • DEFENSE: There isn’t much you can say about this defense that hasn’t already been said. As good as the offensive side of the ball has been, the defense has been even better.  They have 19 turnovers in 8 games.  They are tied for 1st in the GMC in that category.  This week, Colerain will be tested as they have not been tested all year.  Fairfield ranks 1st in total YPG, Passing YPG, points/game and are 2nd in Rushing yards/game.  This is, without a doubt, the most dynamic offense the Cardinals have faced all year.  Fairfield has a TE, Erick All, that is committed to the University of Michigan and a RB, Jutahn McClain, that has offers from almost every Big10 program.  He is fast, shifty and will require lots of attention.  They must make tackles in open space and simultaneously put pressure on the significantly improved QB of the Indians, Sr. Jeff Tyus, who has already thrown for over 1,000 yards in 8 games this year.

 

Bottom-Line

“The Streak” has now hit 73 GMC games in a row.  This week, it will be legitimately on the line.  Fairfield is as good an opponent that Colerain has seen in the GMC in a long, long time.  Think 2014 long time.  Back then, it was Lakota East and QB/RB TJ Jemison who gashed the Cardinals for 186 yards and 3 TD’s.  It took 2OT and a failed 2-pt conversion for the Cardinals to escape with a victory at home, 49-48.  This Fairfield is better than that Lakota East team who went to the playoffs and only managed one win.  In this author’s opinion, Fairfield is likely the 2nd best team in the region this year.  The Cardinals will be at home, which certainly helps, and it is Senior Night where we will recognize 30+ seniors and their contributions to the success this team has had over the past 3 years.  Losing this game would not be the end of the world and would not cost the Cardinals a playoff chance but it would change the dynamic of a team, and program, that just doesn’t know how to lose in conference.  If the Cardinals execute their game plan, limit penalties and turnovers, they have everything they need to beat Fairfield and lay their claim for their 19th consecutive GMC Championship with a win over Lakota West next week.

 

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

#BeatFairfield