Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 9 Preview: Lakota East Thunderhawks (4-4)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com



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What:             Week 9 Varsity Football Preview – Senior Night
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (7-1) vs. Lakota East Thurderhawks (4-4)
Where:          UC Health Field at Cardinal Stadium – THE CAGE, Colerain High School
When:            Friday October 25, 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

Lakota East Thunderhawks (4-4, 3-3 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)
Current Harbin Ranking – 11th

2019 Schedule/Results:
L, 21-35:  Aug 30 vs. Turpin (8-0 D2 R8)
W, 14-6:  Sep 06 vs. Kettering Fairmont (2-6 D1 R2)
W, 20-14:  Sep 13 @ Mason (3-5 D1 R4)
W, 21-9:  Sep 20 vs. Middletown (1-7 D1 R4)
L, 24-28:  Sep 27 vs. Princeton (5-3 D1 R4)
L, 14-20:  Oct 04 @ Fairfield (8-0 D1 R4)
W, 41-0:  Oct 11 vs. Oak Hills (0-8 D1 R4)
L, 7-16:  Oct 18 @ Lakota West (6-2 D1 R4)
Oct 25 @ Colerain (7-1 D1 R4)
Nov 01 vs. Hamilton (4-4 D1 R4)

 

Total Offense:  301.8 YPG (5th in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  242.1 YPG (3rd in GMC)
Passing Offense:  59.6 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points per game:  20.3 PPG (6th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #12 Mark Krajewski (Sr.) 6’0” 180 lbs:  17-50 for 326 PASS, 2 TD, 1 INT : 34-146 RUSH, 4 TD, 2 Fumbles
RB – #28 Tavier Lugo-Flowers (So.) ?’??” ??? lbs:  132-448 RUSH, 5 TD
RB – #48 Charlie Kenrich (So.) ?’??” ??? lbs:  70-544 RUSH, 3 TD : 8-238 REC, 2 TD, 1 Fumble
RB – #20 Josh Thornhill (Jr.) 5’11” ??? lbs:  54-523 REC, 3 TD
WR – #14 Jack Hartman (Jr.) 5’11” ??? lbs:  8-137 REC

 

Total Defense:  247.5 YPG (5th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  158.3 YPG (5th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  89.3 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Points per game:  16.0 PPG (4th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #89 Adam Hundemer (Sr.) 6’3″ 210 lbs:  31 Tackles, 4.0 Sacks
LB – #3 Jordell Smith (Jr.) 6’1” ??? lbs:  23 Tackles, 1.0 Sack, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries
LB – #22 Michael Howard (Sr.) 5’10” 200 lbs:  55 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
LB – #44 Justin Katona (Jr.) 6’0” ??? lbs:  36 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks
LB – #33 Hayden King (Sr.) 6’2” 150 lbs:  34 Tackles

 

COLERAIN CARDINALS (7-1, 6-0 in GMC – Division 1, Region 4)
Current Harbin Ranking – 4th

2019 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 28-19:  Aug 30 @ Wayne (3-5 D1 R2)
L, 14-21:  Sept 6 vs. St. Xavier (6-2 D1 R4)
W, 45-14:  Sept 13 vs. Oak Hills (0-8 D1 R4) *
W, 23-14:  Sept 20 @ Princeton (5-3 D1 R4) *
W, 41-14:  Sept 27 @ Middletown (1-7 D1 R4) *
W, 27-7:  Oct 4 vs. Sycamore (4-4 D1 R4) *
W, 17-3:  Oct 11 @ Hamilton (4-4 D1 R4) *
W, 33-28:  Oct 18 vs. Mason (3-5 D1 R4) *
Oct 25 vs. Lakota East (4-4 D1 R4) *
Nov 1 @ Fairfield (8-0 D1 R4) *

 

Total Offense:  333.4 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  281.3 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Offense:  52.1 YPG (9th in GMC)
Points per game:  28.5 PPG (3rd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  18-41 for 325 yds PASS, 2 TD, 782-472 yds RUSH, 7 TD, 2 Fumbles
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (So.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  90-475 RUSH, 5 TD, 2 Fumbles
RB/LB – #2 Jaylen Thomas (Sr.) 6’0” 190 lbs:  53-596 RUSH, 5 TD – 10-194 REC – 33 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Sr.) 5’6” 175 lbs:  49-367 RUSH, 4 TD – 3-38 REC
OL – #60 Ace Ehrenschwender (Sr.) 6’0” 280 lbs:  3-yr starter on the OL, Team Captain

 

Total Defense:  227.8 YPG (3rd in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  86.14 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Defense:  141.6 YPG (Last in GMC)
Points per game:  15.0 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:

DL – #49 Donovan Owens (Sr.) 6’2” 230 lbs:  26 Tackles, 3.0 Sacks
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Jr.) 6’1” 285 lbs:  31 Tackles, 4.0 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #8 Xander Kendall (Jr..) 5’11” 220 lbs:  395 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 Interceptions
LB – #11 Elijah Ford (Sr.) 6’3” 215 lbs:  30 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Sr.) 6’3” 210 lbs:  38 Tackles, 2 Interceptions
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Jr.) 6’0” 160 lbs:  46 Tackles, 1 Interception

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  As we head into week 9 of the season, the Cardinals continue to do just enough on offense to continue to win games.  Last week was a rather close affair all the way into the 4th quarter with the Comets actually holding a 1 point advantage to start the final frame of the game.  Then…all “you know what” broke loose!  Mason and Colerain combined for 34 points in the final quarter with the Cardinals coming out on top by a final of 33-28.  The Cardinals got huge scoring plays out of Sr. RB Jaylen Thomas (TD runs of 73 and 49 yards) and Jr. QB Freddie Johnson (TD runs of 72 and 2 yards, both in the 4th quarter).  For the second week in a row, the Cardinals did not complete a pass against only 1 attempt.  They likely will stick with the “run-first” formula again this week as Lakota East has the 2nd best pass defense in the league but is more pedestrian against the run allowing 158+ yards/game.  The offense has clearly settled on J.T. and Freddie Johnson as the cornerstones, so the key for this offense over the final two weeks of the season will be to continue to find ways to best utilize Sr. RB Hamzah Abdul-Waheed, So. FB MJ Flowers as well as Williams, Murry and Lawson as wild cards in the offense.

 

    • DEFENSE:  This is the exact game the Cardinals needed on the calendar.  The numbers don’t lie as the Cardinals have struggled against the pass and last week Mason had 224 yards through the air and 28 total points.  The 28 points are the most Colerain has ever given up to Mason in 13 all-time meetings.  This week, the Cardinals will face the 5th overall offense in the GMC but the good news is that the Thunderhawks, like a true Rick Haynes coached triple-option team, almost never throw the ball, averaging less than 60 yards/game.  However, East is 3rd in the league in rushing so the DL is going to be pushed hard on Friday night.  Additionally, the Cardinals LB’s are going to be really tested for the first time without LB Michael Bess in the game.  Last week was a transition week as the defense began to see what it would be like playing without their dynamic playmaker.  This week, they will see how far they’ve come.

 

  • Bottom-Line:  Facing Lakota East is never an easy task as former Colerain Coach Rick Haynes coaches his players to be tough, disciplined and smart.  While East doesn’t usually possess the most talent in the GMC, they do have players with grit.  All-time, Colerain is 16-1 vs. Lakota East.  Much like Sycamore, the Thunderhawks have struggled to keep games close vs. our Cards.  Over the last five contests, the average margin of victory for Colerain is 26 points.  With it being the final regular season home game of the year (i.e. Senior Night), it’s hard to imagine Colerain tripping up in this game.  However, there is one potential stumbling block:  Week 10.  You hate to say this week is a “trap” game, but it is the textbook definition of a trap game.  The Cardinals are undefeated in league play and with two more victories, will win their unprecedented 20th consecutive GMC championship.  The Fairfield Indians are also undefeated in TOTAL as they sit at 8-0 heading into their contest this week against Oak Hills which will almost assuredly be a win, setting up a week 10 showdown between the Cards and Indians for and undisputed and unshared GMC title.  If Colerain gets caught looking past Lakota East, they may find this game much tougher than it needs to be.  If they don’t, and they tackle this challenge like almost every single Colerain team before them, they should win their 82nd GMC game in a row and will be able to then turn their full attention to Fairfield…but one game at a time.  #BeatEast

WE ARE…COLERAIN!!