Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 6 Preview: Sycamore Aviators (3-2)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com



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What:             Week 6 Varsity Football Preview – Homecoming
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (4-1) vs. Sycamore Aviators (3-2)
Where:          UC Health Field at The Cage, Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Rd.
When:            Friday October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Coverage:    Live VIDEO Broadcast starts at 6:45 PM via WeAreColerain.com CLICK HERE

 

Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Sycamore Aviators (3-2, 1-2 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)

2019 Schedule/Results:
W, 50-20 – Aug 30 vs. Loveland (0-5 D2 R8)
W, 31-24 – Sep 06 @ Kings Mills Kings (2-3 D2 R8)
W, 16-13 – Sep 13 vs. Princeton (3-2 D1 R4)
L, 21-28 – Sep 20 @ Lakota West (3-2 D1 R4)
L, 14-21 – Sep 27 vs. Mason (2-3 D1 R4)
Oct 04 @ Colerain (4-1 D1 R4)
Oct 11 vs. Middletown (1-4 D1 R4)
Oct 18 vs. Fairfield (5-0 D1 R4)
Oct 25 @ Hamilton (3-2 D1 R4)
Nov 01 @ Oak Hills (0-5 D1 R4)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #15 Andrew Fehr (Jr.) 5’11” 180 lbs:  67-115 for 883 PASS, 6 TD, 4 INT – 52-95 RUSH, 2 TD, 3 Fumbles
RB – #10 Dahmear Celestine (Sr.) 5’7” 185 lbs:  44-186 RUSH, 2 TD – 4-30 REC
RB – #8 William Ingle (So.) 5’10” 184 lbs:  28-149 RUSH, 4 TD – 8-71 REC
WR – #22 Jordan McConnel (Sr.) 5’8” 160 lbs:  26-401 REC, 4 TD – 23-91 RUSH, 1 TD, 1 Fumble
WR – #24 Marquell Fisher (Sr.) 6’3” 185 lbs:  13-222 REC, 2 TD

 

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #25 Qai Williams (Jr.) 6’1″ 237 lbs:  18 Tackles, 2 Sacks
LB – #1 Apollo Ford (Sr.) 5’11” 192 lbs:  38 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #23 Jovani Mujanayi (Jr.) 6’0” 192 lbs:  23 Tackles, 2 Sacks
DB – #19 Jacob Tuiehmeh (So.) 5’11” 165 lbs:  28 Tackles, 1 Interceptions
DB – #11 Jacob Andre (Sr.) 5’8” 165 lbs:  25 Tackles, 1 Interceptions

 

COLERAIN CARDINALS (4-1, 3-0 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) *
W, 41-14 – 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:  12-28 for 183 yds PASS, 2 TD, 51-231 yds RUSH, 4 TD
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (So.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  69-372 RUSH, 5 TD
RB/LB – #2 Jaylen Thomas (Sr.) 6’0” 190 lbs:  25-281 RUSH, 3 TD – 6-77 REC – 24 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Sr.) 5’6” 175 lbs:  25-234 RUSH, 2 TD – 3-38 REC
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:  17 Tackles, 1 Sack
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Jr.) 6’1” 285 lbs:  14 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #25 Michael Bess (Jr..) 6’1” 245 lbs:  19 Tackles, 1 Forced FumbleAg
LB – #11 Elijah Ford (Sr.) 6’3” 215 lbs:  19 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Sr.) 6’3” 210 lbs:  23 Tackles, 1 INT

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  Against the Middies last week, the Cardinals racked up 451 total yards of offense.  It was their biggest output of the season.  And for the first time this year, they had two 100-yard rushers (J.Thomas-174 yards, MJ Flowers-116) and a 90-yard rusher in QB Freddie Johnson, his most in any game this season.  NINE different players touched the ball on offense as Colerain continues to expand and experiment with the offense under new OC Tyler Williams and passing coordinator Daniel Rod.  Confidence is slowly building week to week and everyone is figuring out their role.  Currently, the Cardinals are ranked 2nd in the GMC in both Total Yards/game and Points/game, trailing Fairfield in both categories.  The Sycamore Aviators bring the 7th ranked defense in the GMC to The Cage on Friday night.  They allow just over 301 YPG on the season.  Look for Colerain to continue to build upon their success last week and run, run, run the ball.  Now is the time of the season where things will really begin clicking so that come week 10, they are running at full speed and are ready for the post-season.

 

 

    • DEFENSE:  They have climbed to 3rd overall in the GMC in YPG at 229.4 and PPG allowing only 16.4 per contest.  The bugaboo for the Cardinals on defense seems to be big plays…and that’s about it.  Last week against Middletown, a missed interception attempt turned into an 85 yard TD reception.  The previous week against Princeton saw the Vikings win a jump ball less than 1 minute into the game and take it 53 yards for a touchdown.  An aggressive defense will sometimes give up plays like that.  But what this defense has been about is a dominant defensive line and linebacking corp that has generated 12 sacks and 10 takeaways through the first half of the season.  TEN different players already have double-digit tackles on the season.  In the Aviators, the Cards are going to battle a team that likes to pass the ball quite a bit more than they like to run it.  They have the #1 ranked passing offense in the GMC averaging 176.6 YPG through the air will totaling just over 26 PPG, good for 4th in the GMC.  Sycamore is 9th in the GMC in running the football at only 114 YPG.  They are led by Jr. QB Andrew Fehr who has thrown for no less than 134 yards in a game this season.  To say the secondary is going to be tested this week is likely an understatement.  Expect heavy pressure from the front seven attempting to rattle the first year starter in to bad and/or early throws leading to turnovers for the Cardinals.

 

  • Bottom-Line:  Colerain has owned Sycamore in their history owning a 36-8-1 record.  The Cardinals have won 17 in a row and haven’t lost to the Aves since 1996.  The Cardinals should extend their win streak in conference and beat the Aves for the 18th straight time.  Turnovers and penalties are always the great neutralizers in a game like this so the Cardinals need to be sure and keep those to a minimum.  While Sycamore Head Coach Scott Datillo is considered one of the best coaches in Greater Cincinnati (and he is!), you’ve got to have the “jimmy’s and joe’s” to match the “x’s and o’s.”  The Cardinals have them and the Aves don’t have…enough of them.

WE ARE….COLERAIN!!

#BeatSycamore