Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Playoffs Regional Quarter-Final Preview: Princeton Vikings (6-4)


Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com

What:             Region 4 Playoffs:  Quarterfinals Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (9-1) vs. Princeton Vikings (6-4)
Where:          UC Health Field at Cardinal Stadium, The Cage @ Colerain High School
When:            Friday November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Coverage:    Live AUDIO Broadcast starts at 6:45 PM via WeAreColerain.com CLICK HERE

 

Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Princeton Vikings (6-4, 4-4 in GMC, T-5th place)
Harbin Ranking – 6th

2019 Schedule/Results:
W, 38-7:  Aug 30 @ Milford (3-7 D1 R4)
W, 42-0:  Sep 06 vs. Withrow (3-7 D2 R8)
L, 13-16:  Sep 13 @ Sycamore (5-5 D1 R4)
L, 14-23:  Sep 20 vs. Colerain (9-1 D1 R4)
W, 28-24:  Sep 27 @ Lakota East (5-5 D1 R4)
W, 43-21:  Oct 04 @ Middletown (1-9 D1 R4)
L, 13-37:  Oct 11 vs. Fairfield (9-1 D1 R4)
W, 40-7:  Oct 18 @ Oak Hills (0-10 D1 R4)
W, 41-35:  Oct 25 vs.Lakota West (7-3 D1 R4)
L, 19-35:  Nov 01 vs. Mason (5-5 D1 R4)

 

Total Offense:  324.9 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  179.9 YPG (4th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  145.0 YPG (3rd in GMC)
Points per game:  29.1 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #5 Dorian Durham (Sr.) 6’1” 170 lbs:  34 for 67 for 839 PASS, 10 TD, 4 INT, 2 Fumbles
RB – #7 Thomas Boyd (Jr.) 6’1” 230 lbs:  91-524 RUSH, 10 TD, 2 Fumbles *
RB – #15 James Price (Sr.) 5’7” 152 lbs:  39-242 RUSH, 2 TD, 1 Fumble
WR – #1 Sterling Berkhalter (Sr.) 6’3” 165 lbs:  25-573 REC, 5 TD ^
WR – #87 Rodney Harris Jr. (So.) 6’2” 191 lbs:  14-393 REC, 4 TD, 1 Fumble *
OT – #77 Paris Johnson (Sr.) 6’8″ 290 lbs:  Transfer from St. Xavier – Committed to Ohio State ^

 

Total Defense:  258.2 YPG (5th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  156.3 YPG (5th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  101.9 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Points per game:  20.5 PPG (6th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #19 Darrion Henry (Sr.) 6’5″ 260 lbs:  45 Tackles, 6.0 Sacks, 2 forced fumbles – Committed to Ohio State ^
LB – #24 Jaheim Thomas (Sr.) 6’4” 220 lbs:  65 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 1 TD – Committed to Cincinnati ^
LB – #12 John Harris (Jr.) 5’8″ 182 lbs:  72 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks, 2 fumble recoveries *
LB – #25 Christian Kilgus-Dixon (Sr.) 5’9″ 180 lbs:  46 Tackles, 1.0 Sack, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 INT, 2 TD
DB – #9 Leroy Bowers (Jr.) 6’1” 189 lbs:  42 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 INT ^
DB – #4 Elijah Eberhardt (Sr.) 5’10” 170 lbs:  25 Tackles, 3.0 Sacks, 1 Interception – Committed to Bowling Green *

^ – Designates 1st Team All-GMC
* – Designates 2nd Team All-GMC

COLERAIN CARDINALS (9-1, 8-0 in GMC, 1st Place)
Harbin Ranking – 3rd

2019 Schedule/Results:
* – denotes conference game

W, 28-19:  Aug 30 @ Wayne (3-7 D1 R2)
L, 14-21:  Sept 6 vs. St. Xavier (8-2 D1 R4)
W, 45-14:  Sept 13 vs. Oak Hills (0-10 D1 R4) *
W, 23-14:  Sept 20 @ Princeton (6-4 D1 R4) *
W, 41-14:  Sept 27 @ Middletown (1-9 D1 R4) *
W, 27-7:  Oct 4 vs. Sycamore (5-5 D1 R4) *
W, 17-3:  Oct 11 @ Hamilton (5-5 D1 R4) *
W, 33-28:  Oct 18 vs. Mason (5-5 D1 R4) *
W, 34-3:  Oct 25 vs. Lakota East (5-5 D1 R4) *
W, 16-10 (ot):  Nov 1 @ Fairfield (9-1 D1 R4) *

 

Total Offense:  323.2 YPG (3rd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  273.9 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Offense:  49.3 YPG (9th in GMC)
Points per game:  27.8 PPG (3rd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  22-49 for 401 yds PASS, 4 TD, 97-566 yds RUSH, 9 TD, 3 Fumbles
RB/LB – #2 Jaylen Thomas (Sr.) 6’0” 190 lbs:  69-704 RUSH, 6 TD – 12-228 REC, 1 TD, 2 fumbles – 40 Tackles, 3.0 Sacks
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (So.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  92-475 RUSH, 5 TD, 2 Fumbles
RB – #14 Hamzah Abdul-Waheed (Sr.) 5’6” 175 lbs:  76-560 RUSH, 5 TD – 3-38 REC, 1 fumble
OL – #60 Ace Ehrenschwender (Sr.) 6’0” 280 lbs:  3-yr starter on the OL, Team Captain

 

Total Defense:  217.3 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  94.6 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Defense:  122.7 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points per game:  13.3 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:

DL – #49 Donovan Owens (Sr.) 6’2” 230 lbs:  39 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Jr.) 6’1” 285 lbs:  40 Tackles, 6.0 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery (UC Commit)
LB – #8 Xander Kendall (Jr..) 5’11” 220 lbs:  55 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 Interceptions
LB – #11 Elijah Ford (Sr.) 6’3” 215 lbs:  32 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB – #3 Deshawn Pace (Sr.) 6’3” 210 lbs:  47 Tackles, 3 INT (UC Commit)
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Jr.) 6’0” 160 lbs:  56 Tackles, 2 INT

 

Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  Wow…did the Cardinals run into a wall last week.  As predicted, the Fairfield defense was completely as advertised.  The Indians held the Cardinals to 201 yards on the ground and only 10 in the air…INCLUDING OT!  Clearly the best defense Colerain has seen all year.  Princeton is no slouch either as they feature some of the highest-ranked players in the city on the defensive side of the ball in DL Darrion Henry (Ohio State) and LB Jaheim Thomas (Cincinnati).  They do allow over 156 yards on the ground which is where Colerain is going to focus their offense again this week.  However, don’t be fooled in thinking it’s run only.  The Cards are going to have to throw the ball in very cold conditions to keep the Vikings from crowding the box.  Colerain was +2 in the turnover margin last week but they did fumble inside the red zone preventing an early score.  Sr. Ham’zah Abdul-Waheed and Jr. Freddie Johnson are going to lead the offense with Sr. Jaylen Thomas finding space on edges.  The Cardinals should really focus on running the offense out of multiple different sets, thereby attempting to confuse the Vikings defense and keeping them off-balance.
    • DEFENSE:  As good as the defense has been all year, they had their best game of the season last week against Fairfield.  They managed to hold an offense that had been averaging 33 points/game to 10 points total, including an overtime!  They also held the offense to only 218 yards vs. their average of over 400/game.  But the real strength was shown inside the red zone all night long.  The Indians had multiple goal-to-go situations including 7 at the 1-yard line and could only find a way to convert 1 TD on the entire evening.  Colerain is going to be very much tested again as Princeton is top 4 in the GMC in rushing and passing yards per game, as well as points per game.  This game will be different than the last time these two titans of the GMC met as Princeton has moved Dorian Durham to QB full-time, which was not the case in week 5.  Big Junior Thomas Boyd has also taken over full-time duties at tailback.  He is big at 230 lbs and will try and wear down the defensive line.  The Cards must keep everything in front of them if they hope to win this game.
  • Bottom-Line:  These Cardinals finished the season 9-1.  Last week they beat Fairfield in one of the most highly-anticipated games in recent GMC memory.  As intense as last week’s game was, this one is just as big as it’s the playoffs.  No losses from here on out or the season is over.  Colerain must put last week’s win behind them and focus on the Vikings.  If they do, they should win.  The Vikings have been an up and down team all year so you just don’t know which version will show up.  Expect a close game at half and the Cards pulling away after halftime adjustments.
  • #BeatPrinceton

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