Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 5 Preview: Middletown Middies (1-3)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com



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What:             Week 5 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (3-1) vs. Middletown Middies (1-3)
Where:          Barnitz Stadium, 1211 Main St., Middletown, OH 45044
When:            Friday September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Coverage:    Live AUDIO Broadcast via WeAreColerain.com CLICK HERE

 

Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Middletown Middies (1-3, 0-2 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)

2019 Schedule/Results:
W, 49-0 – Aug 30 @ Western Hills (0-4 D1 R4)
L, 14-37 – Sep 06 vs. Springboro (4-0 D1 R2)
L, 7-47 – Sep 13 vs. Fairfield (4-0 D1 R4)
L, 9-21 – Sep 20 @ Lakota East (3-1 D1 R4)
Sep 27 vs. Colerain (3-1 D1 R4)
Oct 04 vs. Princeton (2-2 D1 R4)
Oct 11 @ Sycamore (3-1 D1 R4)
Oct 18 vs. Hamilton (2-2 D1 R4)
Oct 25 @ Mason (1-3 D1 R4)
Nov 01 @ West Chester Lakota West (3-1 D1 R4)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #7 Kamari Fuller (Jr.) 5’10” 200 lbs:  28 for 65 for 388 PASS, 5 TD-2 INT
RB – #5 Josh Bryant (Jr.) 5’9” 175 lbs:  74-451 RUSH, 3 TD, 2 Fumbles, 5-84 REC, 1 TD
WR – #24 John “JC” Calhoun (So.) 5’10” 165 lbs:  5-112 REC, 2 TD
WR – #12 Au’Braylen Million (Sr.) 5’10” 170 lbs:  10-151 REC, 2 TD

 

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #81 Jayden Burks (Sr.) 6’3″ 195 lbs:  22 Tackles, 1 Sack
LB – #3 Cameron Junior (Jr.) 6’1” 200 lbs:  28 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #8 Kamron Cooper (Jr.) 5’10” 200 lbs:  30 Tackles, 2 Sacks
DB – #10 Kevin Shealey (Sr.) 6’0” 170 lbs:  23 Tackles, 1 Interceptions

 

COLERAIN CARDINALS (2-1, 1-0 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)

2019 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 28-19 – Aug 30 @ Wayne (0-4 D1 R2)
L, 14-21 – Sept 6 vs. St. Xavier (4-0 D1 R4)
W, 45-14 – Sept 13 vs. Oak Hills (0-4 D1 R4) *
W, 23-14 – Sept 20 @ Princeton (2-2 D1 R4) *
Sept 27 @ Middletown (1-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 4 vs. Sycamore (3-1 D1 R4) *
Oct 11 @ Hamilton (2-2 D1 R4) *
Oct 18 vs. Mason (1-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 25 vs. Lakota East (3-1 D1 R4) *
Nov 1 @ Fairfield (4-0 D1 R4) *

 

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  10-18 for 168 yds PASS, 2 TD, 40-141 yds RUSH, 3 TD
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (So.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  56-256 RUSH, 4 TD
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Sr.) 5’6” 175 lbs:  24-237 RUSH, 2 TD
OL – #60 Ace Ehrenschwender (Sr.) 6’0” 280 lbs:  3-yr starter on the OL, Team Captain

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #49 Donovan Owens (Sr.) 6’2” 230 lbs:  13 Tackles, 1 Sack
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Jr.) 6’1” 285 lbs:  11 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #25 Michael Bess (Jr..) 6’1” 245 lbs:  13 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble
LB – #11 Elijah Ford (Sr.) 6’3” 215 lbs:  17 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Sr.) 6’3” 210 lbs:  22 Tackles

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  Last week against a Princeton defense allowing just under 160 yards/game TOTAL, the Cardinals rushing attack was good for 230 yards on the ground.  Led by WeAreColerain.com Player of the Game Sophomore RB MJ Flowers (we owe you a T-Shirt!) with 110 yards and and 2 TDs.  It was the first 100 yard rushing performance of the year by any Colerain player against arguably the toughest defense they’ve played all year.  Middletown allows 150 yards/game on the ground so there should be space to run for this offense.  This week, the Cardinals need to see a serious correction in penalties.  Last week the Cards were saddled with 12 accepted penalties totaling 100 yards.  Too many drives on offense went backwards.  A prime example was a beautiful TD run by Junior Shannon Murray that was called back due to a penalty.


      No doubt that has been a point of emphasis this week for Coach Cut and his staff as they look to get those numbers down.  If the Cards can do that, avoid turnovers, they should be able to continue getting these young players the reps they need to improve and continue through the GMC

 

 

    • DEFENSE:  The Cardinals were up to the challenge last week, holding Princeton to 191 yards of total offense and only 14 points.  The points came on a 53-yard jump ball less than a minute into the game and a 4th quarter TD when the game was mostly in hand with the Cards up 23-6 with 9 minutes remaining.  This Middletown team is 8th in the GMC in total YPG and average less than 20 points/game.  If the Cardinals do what they have done all year, they should be able to handle this offense and could be looking at another 2 TD or less output for the opponent.

 

  • Bottom-Line:  Trips to Middletown will always bring back those memories from a cold night in October 2008 when Colerain was riding a then record 61 game winning streak in the GMC and they were stunned at Barnitz 42-39 for their only GMC loss since the turn of the century.  That Middletown team was loaded with Middie Magic as QB Caleb Watkins and WR Nick McKnight lit up the Middletown sky, totaling 370 yards of offense.  The good news is the Cardinals haven’t lost in conference since that night.  The better news is that this Middie team is not THAT Middie team.  The Cards travel north and pick up their 5th win of the season and push the streak to 78 GMC wins in a row.

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

#BeatMiddletown