Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 7 Preview: Hamilton Big Blue (3-3)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com



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What:             Week 7 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (5-1) vs. Hamilton Big Blue (3-3)
Where:          Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium, Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, OH
When:            Friday October 11, 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

Hamilton Big Blue (3-3, 1-3 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)

2019 Schedule/Results:
W, 21-7 – Aug 30 @ West Clermont (2-4 D1 R4)
W, 28-14 – Sep 06 vs. Anderson (4-2 D2 R8)
L, 13-33 – Sep 13 vs. Lakota West (4-2 D1 R4)
L, 27-34 – Sep 20 @ Fairfield (6-0 D1 R4)
W, 31-21 – Sep 27 vs. Oak Hills (0-6 D1 R4)
L, 21-35 – Oct 04@  Mason (3-3 D1 R4)
Oct 11 vs. Colerain (5-1 D1 R4)
Oct 18 @ Middletown (1-5 D1 R4)
Nov 01 @ Lakota East (3-3 D1 R4)

 

Total Offense:  319.7 YPG (4th in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  157.0 YPG (6th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  162.7 YPG (1st in GMC)
Points per game:  23.5 PPG (4th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Quincy Simms-Marshall (Jr.) 6’1” 180 lbs:  57-99 for 907 PASS, 8 TD, 4 INT – 47-118 RUSH, 2 Fumbles
RB – #5 Keyshawn Stephens (Jr.) 6’1” 190 lbs:  94-407 RUSH, 9 TD – 16-284 REC, 3 TD
RB – #2 Kaleb Johnson (So.) 6’1” 190 lbs:  63-376 RUSH, 3 TD – 8-69 REC
WR – #13 Daryan Bowling (Jr.) 6’3” 162 lbs:  19-428 REC, 4 TD
WR – #3 Kevon Burnett (Sr.) 6’1” 155 lbs:  11-134 REC, 1 TD

 

Total Defense:  306.8 YPG (6th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  195.5 YPG (8th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  111.3 YPG (5th in GMC)
Points per game:  24.0 PPG (8th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DB – #6 Khaliyal Sowell (Sr.) 6’0″ 160 lbs:  20 Tackles, 2 Interceptions
LB – #24 Jayden Marshall (Sr.) 6’1″ 195 lbs:  50 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Interception
LB – #11 Luke Mattia (Sr.) 6’4” 230 lbs:  54 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #27 Jordan Jones (Jr.) 6’0” 220 lbs:  41 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
LB – #4 Dillon Lee (Jr.) 5’10” 175 lbs:  33 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 4 Fumble Recoveries

 

COLERAIN CARDINALS (5-1, 4-0 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)

2019 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 28-19 – Aug 30 @ Wayne (1-5 D1 R2)
L, 14-21 – Sept 6 vs. St. Xavier (5-1 D1 R4)
W, 45-14 – Sept 13 vs. Oak Hills (0-6 D1 R4) *
W, 23-14 – Sept 20 @ Princeton (4-2 D1 R4) *
W, 41-14 – Sept 27 @ Middletown (1-5 D1 R4) *
W, 27-7 – Oct 4 vs. Sycamore (3-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 11 @ Hamilton (3-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 18 vs. Mason (3-3 D1 R4) *
Oct 25 vs. Lakota East (3-3 D1 R4) *
Nov 1 @ Fairfield (6-0 D1 R4) *

 

Total Offense:  338.3 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  268.8 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Offense:  69.5 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points per game:  29.7 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  18-39 for 325 yds PASS, 2 TD, 65-344 yds RUSH, 5 TD
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (So.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  80-440 RUSH, 5 TD
RB/LB – #2 Jaylen Thomas (Sr.) 6’0” 190 lbs:  31-330 RUSH, 3 TD – 10-194 REC – 25 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Sr.) 5’6” 175 lbs:  29-263 RUSH, 3 TD – 3-38 REC
OL – #60 Ace Ehrenschwender (Sr.) 6’0” 280 lbs:  3-yr starter on the OL, Team Captain

 

Total Defense:  222.7 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  81.1 YPG (1st in GMC)
Passing Defense:  141.7 YPG (Last in GMC)
Points per game:  14.8 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:

DL – #49 Donovan Owens (Sr.) 6’2” 230 lbs:  21 Tackles, 1 Sack
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Jr.) 6’1” 285 lbs:  17 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #8 Xander Kendall (Jr..) 5’11” 220 lbs:  29 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 Interception
LB – #11 Elijah Ford (Sr.) 6’3” 215 lbs:  20 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Sr.) 6’3” 210 lbs:  26 Tackles, 1 INT

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  As predicted in this space last week, the Cardinals did indeed “run, run, run” against the Aviators as they continued to improve the offense and QB Freddie Johnson (’21) continues to improve.  Last week Freddie had his first 100+ yard rushing effort of the season, leading the Cardinals offense to 267 yards on the ground, 409 yards overall.  This week the Cardinals find themselves up against a middle-of-the-pack defensive unit in Big Blue.  Hamilton is 3rd last in the lead allowing over 195 yards a game on the ground and 24 ppg.  Very similar to last week against Sycamore, the Cardinals need to continue to work their offense and define their roles more on offense.  Hamilton brings a level of speed and athleticism on defense that the Aviators didn’t so Colerain will need to be more crisp with their offense and ensure no turnovers.  Penalties were kept in check last week and that needs to be the case again this week.  For Big Blue, pay special attention to #24 Jayden Marshall and #11 Luke Mattia, two Senior linebackers who lead the team in tackles.

 

    • DEFENSE:  Colerain’s defense continued their dominance last week by holding to the Aviators to one TD late in the game by SO QB William Engle who broke loose for a 68-yard score.  Outside of that rush, the Aves were limited to 121 TOTAL YARDS for the rest of the game.  This week presents a much bigger challenge in JR. RB Keyshawn Stephens.  As one of only three sophomores last year to be named First-Team All GMC, he is a dynamic runner that has the ability to take it the distance every time he touches the ball.  However, the real concern could be with QB Quincy Simms-Marshall and WR Daryan Bowling.  The Cardinals currently sit dead-last in the GMC allowing just over 140 yards through the air while Hamilton has taken over the top spot in the GMC in passing offense at nearly 163 yards per game.  Simms-Marshall is 2nd in the GMC in passing yards and two of the top four receivers in the GMC play for Big Blue.  To say the secondary is going to be tested is an understatement.  SR. DB Deshawn Pace is going to be key in this matchup.

 

  • Bottom-Line:  Colerain started off 4-7 vs. Hamilton from 1935 to 1997.  Since then, the Cardinals have gone 18-0 and won by an average of 4 touchdowns over that time period.  Like many other games this year, do not expect a four touchdown victory without turnovers and short-fields playing a large role.  However, the Cardinals will be up the task on the road and should win their 80th GMC game in a row dating back to 2008.

WE ARE…COLERAIN!!

#BeatBigBlue