Multiple Teams · Football Playoffs – Regional Semi-Finals Preview vs. Milford Eagles


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com


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What:             Colerain Cardinal Varsity Football Game Preview– Regional Semi-Finals
Who:              #1 Colerain Cardinals (11-0) vs. #4 Milford Eagles (9-2)
Where:           Ballaban Field @ St. Xavier High School, 600 W North Bend Road
When:            Friday November 9 @ 7:00 PM
Coverage:     LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST-CLICK HERE for WeAreColerain.com YouTube Channel
Theme:          RED OUT

 

Results and Key Players to Watch

MILFORD EAGLES (9-2, 2nd place, Eastern Cincinnati Conference)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 2-0 Aug 24 @ Princeton (3-7 D1 R4) – won via forfeit
W, 50-14 Sep 01 @ A Dixie Heights KY (1-10 D2)
L, 21-28 Sep 07 @ Kettering Fairmont (7-4 D1 R3)
W, 42-21 Sep 14 vs. Walnut Hills (4-6 D1 R4) *
W, 71-21 Sep 21 vs. Loveland (1-9 D2 R8) *
W, 56-20 Sep 28 @ Anderson (8-3 D2 R8) *
W, 48-6 Oct 05 vs. Withrow (1-9 D2 R8) *
L, 40-64 Oct 12 @ Kings (9-2 D2 R8) *
W, 23-21 Oct 19 @ West Clermont (4-6 D1 R4) *
W, 33-7 Oct 26 vs. Turpin (6-4 D2 R8) *

Region 4 playoffs
W, 39-35 Nov 02 vs. Fairfield (7-4 D1 R4) – Regional Quarter-Finals
Nov 09 vs. Colerain (11-0 D1 R4) – Regional Semi-Finals

 

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #13 Hunter Johnson (Jr.) 6’2” 195 lbs:  168-303 comp-att, 2,458 PASS 24 TD, 16 INT
RB – #28 Cameron Kells (Sr.) 5’9” 160 lbs:  234-1,578 RUSH, 29 TD; 33-339 REC, 4 TD, 4 Fumbles
WR – #18 Jake Ayler (Sr.) 5’10” 160 lbs:  49-714 RUSH, 5 TD; 16-33 REC, 4 TD
WR – #2 Dylan Hughes (Sr.) 6’0” 180 lbs:  46-832 REC, 9 TD; 10-52 RUSH, 1 TD, 2 Fumbles

 

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #52 Brian Stevens (Sr.) 6’3” 240 lbs:  5 Sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR
DL – #12 CT Phillips (Sr.) 5’10” 240 lbs:  4 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #37 Hayden Johnson (Sr.) 6’0” 195 lbs:  1 Sacks, 2 FR, 2 INT
DB – #9 Owen Martin (Sr.) 5’8” 160 lbs:  3 INT, 1 FF

 

Results and Key Players to Watch
COLERAIN CARDINALS (11-0, 1st Place, Greater Miami Conference)

2018 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 23-0 Aug 24 vs. La Salle (4-5 D2 R8)
W, 14-12 Aug 31 @ St Xavier (5-6 D1 R4)
W, 1-0 Sep 07 vs. Princeton (3-7 D1 R4) * 1
W, 44-3 Sep 14 vs. Middletown (2-8 D1 R4) *
W, 45-0 Sep 21 @ Sycamore (6-4 D1 R4) *
W, 48-6 Sep 28 vs. Hamilton (1-9 D1 R4) *
W, 42-7 Oct 05 @ Mason (8-3 D1 R4) *
W, 42-0 Oct 12 @ Lakota East (8-3 D1 R4) *
W, 55-27 Oct 19 vs. Fairfield (7-4 D1 R4) *
W, 49-0 Oct 26 @ Lakota West (4-6 D1 R4) *

1 – won via forfeit

Region 4 playoffs
W, 35-9 Nov 02 vs. St Xavier (5-6 D1 R4) – Regional Quarter-Finals
Nov 09 vs. Milford (9-2 D1 R4) – Regional Semi-Finals

 

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #2 Deante Smith-Moore (Sr.) 5’9” 185 lbs:  141-1,070 RUSH, 13 TD; 40-68 806 PASS, 16 TD/2 INT, 9 Fumbles
RB – #23 JJ Davis (Sr.) 5’9” 180 lbs:  50-469 RUSH, 7 TD; 12-280 REC, 5 TD, 3 Fumbles
RB – #1 Syncere Jones (Sr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  33-433 RUSH, 5 TD; 5-37 REC
FB/LB – #5 Ivan Pace Jr. (Sr.) 5’11” 222 lbs:  115-956 RUSH, 17 TD; 6-152 REC, 1 TD, 1 Fumble;
60 Total TCKLS, 4.5 Sacks, 4 FF, 2 FR
WR/QB – Freddie Johnson (So.) 5’10” 162 lbs:  24-34 RUSH; 6-117 REC, 3 TD, 3 Fumbles

 

Defensive Players to watch:
DL/OLB – #99 Eric Phillips (Sr.) 6’4” 280 lbs:  21 Total TCKLS, 2.5 Sacks
DL – #58 Dante Corleone (So.) 6’1” 250 lbs:  29 Total TCKLS, 2.5 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #25 Michael Bess (So.) 5’10” 211 lbs:  49 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 2 FR
LB – #7 Luke Bolden (Sr.) 6’2” 227 lbs:  77 Total TCKLS, 1 Sack, 1 FR, 3 INT
DB – #8 Jakari Patterson (Sr.) 6’2” 188 lbs:  29 Total TCKLS, 3 INT
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Jr.) 6’2” 195 lbs:  36 Total TCKLS, 2 INT, 1 FF, 3 FR

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

  • OFFENSE: The offense is playing the best they have played all season. Scoring 35 points is impressive no matter when you do it.  Doing it in the playoffs against the St. Xavier Bombers is REALLY impressive.  QB Deante Smith-Moore is distributing the ball and running things incredibly well.  Milford does not have the speed to contain Colerain laterally so they are going to commit to stopping DSM and Ivan up the middle.  It is for this reason the ball will find it’s way out wide this week to JJ Davis and Syncere Jones.  Milford gives up an average of 200 yards and 25 points per game.  Last week against Fairfield, both QB Jeff Tyus and RB Jutahn McClain were injured the majority of the game and the Indians were still able to amass 329 yards of total offense and score 21 points on offense.  This should clear the way for another big night offensively, assuming turnovers don’t rear their ugly head, for the Cardinals.

 

  • DEFENSE: Time to get tested in a BIG way. The Cardinals will face off against the most potent offense they have seen all season, including Fairfield.  It starts with JR QB Hunter Johnson who last week against Fairfield threw for 381 yards and 3 TDs/3 ints.  He has accumulated almost 2,500 yards passing on the year.  It doesn’t end there as the Eagles are led on the ground by Sr. ECC Player of the Year Cameron Kells who had nine 100-yard and two 200-yard rushing performances this season.  He has also rushed for 29 TDs on the year.  To say it is going to be a great challenge for this defense is under-selling it.  Johnson does not move well at QB so he is a proto-typical spread passer who hits his targets with precision timing.  The Cardinals will have to upset that timing to have success.  The health of LB Eric Phillips, who played very sparingly last week against the Bombers, is going to be key in this matchup as pressure on Johnson is going to be critical to force turnovers and bad decisions.  Look for Ivan Pace Jr. to play a big role on defense, as he does every week, but even more so this week as he will be a big factor in putting that pressure on the QB.

 

  • Bottom-LineThe Cardinals got over a big hurdle last weekend by defeating St. Xavier at home by the final of 35-9.  Sr. QB Deante Smith-More lead the offense with an inspired performance (220 yds, 3 TD) that lead to Cardinal Nation voting him in as the USAToday High School Top 25 Performer of the week with over 10,000 votes.  The defense did what they do every single week by shutting down St. X completely until a TD in garbage was given up with less than a minute to go in the game.  It was a complete victory, all the way around.This week, Colerain faces arguably the most polished offense they have seen all season.  Milford Coach Tom Grippa has long been known for his precision passing offense throughout the years and this Milford team is no different.  Colerain’s defense is going to be tested through the air and on the ground.  Look for the Eagles to score possibly early in the game as the defense adjusts.  On the flip side, the offense will go against a team that has allowed 20 or more points in 7 of their 11 games this season.  Colerain should continue to score at a high level as Milford’s defense isn’t what St. Xavier’s is and the Cards scored 35 last week.  The one wildcard in all of this is penalties.  The Cardinals had 92 yards in penalties last week and that has been an area of concern the entire season.  When it’s all said and done, a second straight Regional Final should be in the Cards future as their talent and execution level is going to be too much for Milford to overcome.

 

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

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