Multiple Teams · Football Playoffs – State Finals Preview vs. St. Edward (10-3)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com


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What:             Colerain Cardinal Varsity Football Game Preview– State Finals
Who:              #1 Colerain Cardinals (13-0) vs. #9 St. Edward Eagles (10-3)
Where:           Tom Benson Memorial Hall of Fame Stadium – Canton, OH
When:            Friday November 30 @ 8:00 PM
Coverage:    Broadcast Information can be found by CLICKING HERE
Theme:          RED OUT

 

Results and Key Players to Watch

ST. EDWARD EAGLES (10-3, Division 1 – Region 1 Champions)

2018 Schedule/Results:

L, 39-42 Aug 24 @ Mentor (11-2 D1 R1)
L, 20-21 Aug 31 vs. Detroit Cass Tech MI (10-0 D1)
W, 35-3 Sep 07 vs. Cathedral Prep PA (7-3 D2)
W, 36-30 Sep 15 @ Elder (8-5 D1 R4)
W, 42-7 Sep 29 @ Akron Buchtel (6-5 D4 R13)
W, 39-14 Oct 06 vs. Indianapolis Cathedral IN (5-5 D2)
W, 38-7 Oct 12 vs. Football North (via St Joseph) ON (1-7 D3)
W, 29-22 Oct 20 @ Archbishop Moeller (6-5 D1 R4)
L, 7-21 Oct 26 @ St Ignatius (8-3 D1 R1)

Region 1 playoffs
W, 21-19 Nov 02 @ St Ignatius (8-3 D1 R1) – Regional Quarter-Finals
W, 56-35 Nov 09 @ Euclid (9-3 D1 R1) – Regional Semi-Finals
W, 24-14 Nov 16 @ Mentor (11-2 D1 R1) – Regional Finals

Division I state tournament
W, 42-16 Nov 23 vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty (9-5 D1 R2) – State Semi-Finals
Nov 30 vs. Colerain (14-0 D1 R4) – STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #6 Garrett Dzuro (Sr.) 6’0” 200 lbs:  132-202 comp-att, 1,767 PASS 20 TD, 8 INT;
201-1,084 RUSH, 11 TD
RB – #3 Jordan Castleberry (Sr.) 5’7” 195 lbs:  258-1,454 RUSH, 18 TD; 13-138 REC, 1 TD
RB – #21 Joseph Formani (Jr.) 5’11” 200 lbs:  70-419 RUSH, 5 TD
WR – #1 Quintel Kent (Sr.) 6’0” 165 lbs:  51-804 REC, 10 TD
WR – #4 Mackenzie Wainwright (Jr.) 6’1” 193 lbs: 31-436 REC, 1 TD

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #47 Jeffrey Pietrowski (Jr.) 6’2” 240 lbs:  100 Tackles, 6 TFL, 12 Sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR
DL – #9 Seamus O’Malley (Sr.) 6’1” 220 lbs:  71 Tackles, 9 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 2 FR
LB – #48 CJ Hankins (So.) 6’0” 205 lbs:  63 Tackles, 4 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 2 FR
LB – #13 Teon Smith (Sr.) 5’8” 195 lbs:  92 Tackles, 8 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 FF, 1 FR
DB – #2 Caden Kolesar (Sr.) 5’11” 190 lbs:  136 Tackles, 2 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT

 

 

Results and Key Players to Watch

COLERAIN CARDINALS (14-0, Division 1 – Region 4 Champions)

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
W, 48-14 Nov 09 vs. Milford (9-3 D1 R4) – Regional Semi-Finals
W, 42-0 Nov 16 vs. Elder (8-5 D1 R4) – Regional Finals

Division I state tournament
W, 28-14 Nov 23 @ Pickerington Central (11-3 D1 R3) – State Semi-Finals
Nov 30 @ Lakewood St Edward (10-3 D1 R1)

 

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #2 Deante Smith-Moore (Sr.) 5’9” 185 lbs:  183-1,202 RUSH, 17 TD; 48-78 998 PASS, 18 TD/3 INT, 10 Fumbles
RB – #23 JJ Davis (Sr.) 5’9” 180 lbs:  65-689 RUSH, 9 TD; 17-436 REC, 6 TD, 3 Fumbles
RB – #1 Syncere Jones (Sr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  44-531 RUSH, 6 TD; 8-70 REC, 1 TD
FB/LB – #5 Ivan Pace Jr. (Sr.) 5’11” 222 lbs:  162-1,364 RUSH, 22 TD; 6-152 REC, 1 TD, 2 Fumbles;
55 Total TCKLS, 6 Sacks, 4 FF, 2 FR, 1 INT (TD)
FB – Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Jr.) 5’6” 165 lbs:  55-273 RUSH

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #99 Eric Phillips (Sr.) 6’4” 280 lbs:  21 Tackles, 3 Sacks
DL – #58 Dante Corleone (So.) 6’1” 250 lbs:  24.5 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #25 Michael Bess (So.) 5’10” 211 lbs:  47 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 2 FR, 1 INT
LB – #7 Luke Bolden (Sr.) 6’2” 227 lbs:  70 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 FR, 3 INT
DB – #8 Jakari Patterson (Sr.) 6’2” 188 lbs:  40 Tackles, 4 INT (TD)
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Jr.) 6’2” 195 lbs:  49.5 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 1 FF, 3 FR

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

  • OFFENSE:  In this space last week, we said that the Cardinals were going to face the toughest defense they have all year in Pickerington Central.  That ended up being true as they held the Cards to 28 points and constantly shut down big plays.  The Tigers’ speed and athleticism, combined with experience defending the option on multiple occasions this season, made this a difficult matchup for Colerain.  Their opponent this week, St. Edward, has neither the overall speed & athleticism or experience defending the option the way Central did.  Now, that is not to say the Eagles are not a good defense…they most definitely are.  The Eagles allow just 317 total yards per game and 20 points against one of the toughest schedules in the state.  The Cardinals will be able to run the ball and may even toss the pigskin around a little.  But just like last week, they must AVOID TURNOVERS.  The Eagles have a ridiculous 12 turnovers (8 FR, 4 INT) in the playoffs.  Like a GCL team, they hit hard and look to dislodge the football.  If the Cards can avoid that and continue to build the offense around Ivan Pace Jr. up the middle and JJ Davis on the edge, DSM will find opportunities to keep the ball as well.
  • DEFENSE:  The Cardinal defense came through again last weekend, holding Pickerington Central to 14 points.  The Cardinals built a 14-0 lead at halftime and never trailed in a State Semi-Final game.  That is impressive.  The only time the Tigers got anything moving was in the 3rd quarter when LB Ivan Pace Jr. had to leave with a dinged up ankle.  They tackled well and even sacked star Central QB Demeatric Crenshaw three times.  This week, it is the two-headed monster of Sr. QB #6 Garrett Dzuro (Sr.) 6’0” 200 lbs and Sr. RB #3 Jordan Castleberry (Sr.) 5’7” 195 lbs.  Both players have rushed for over 1,000 yards this year and as a team, they average just under 385 yards and 33 points per game.  Dzuro is a seasoned vet who has accounted for over 2,800 combined yards and 31 TD’s.  He is shifty and operates out of a read-option offense.  RB Castleberry is the main threat out of the backfield.  With over 1,400 yards rushing and 18 TDs in the regular season, he is quick and has excellent burst.  While not a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield a lot, he can take screen and seam passes the distance.  The defense must stay aggressive, but not TOO aggressive to create running lanes for Dzuro who will take off and keep the chains moving.  This is a very good offense that the Cardinals are going to have to work hard to contain.
  • Bottom-Line:  14 years.  178 games later…the Cardinals are back in the State Championship.  So many near misses since 2004 led even the most ardent supporters to wonder if we’d ever get that needed combination of talent, execution and luck to make it back.  Well, that question has been answered!  And what awaits Colerain is arguably the team of the decade in the St. Edward Eagles.  This is their 7th State Championship game appearance.  They hold a 3-3 overall record, having won their last 3 trips in a row (2010, 2014, & 2015) beating Huber Heights Wayne each time.  Ironically, their three losses came to three Cincinnati teams:  Moeller, Fairfield & Elder.  Could this be the 4th loss in a State Title game to a team from Cincinnati?  Yes…yes it could.  As long as Colerain leans on their seniors and teamwork the way they have all year, the Cardinals should bring home their 2nd Title in school history.  Getting up early on St. Edward will be key as the Cardinals will not want to play from behind…which they haven’t been since trailing St. Xavier in week 1 of the playoffs when they were down 2-0.  With a lead, a steady diet of Ivan Pace Jr. and DSM will keep the defense off the field and fresh for when they have to contain Dzuro and company.  This is the Cardinals’ toughest test all year, but as Coach Bolden has been saying since the beginning of the year, “We got all we need!”  All gas.  No Brakes.  GO CARDINALS!  Bring that title back to Cincy!

 

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

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