Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 2 Preview – Colerain Cardinals (0-1) vs. Oak Hills Highlanders (0-1)

Chris Himonidis


What:             Week 2 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (0-1) vs. Oak Hills Highlanders (0-1)
Where:          Highlander Stadium @ Oak Hills High School
When:            Friday August 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Web Coverage:    Live VIDEO Broadcast starts at 7PM via  Chatterbox Sports CLICK HERE (Subscription Required)
TV Coverage:    n/a


** REMINDER:  Colerain High School Stadium Use Policy for Competitions with Spectators **



Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Oak Hills Highlanders (0-1, 0-0 in GMC)

2020 Schedule/Results:
L, 24-28:  8/28 @ Milford (1-0)
9/4 vs. Colerain (0-1)
9/11 @ Mason (1-0)
9/18 vs. Hamilton (0-1)
9/25 @ Lakota West (1-0)
10/2 vs. Lakota East (0-1)


Offensive Players to watch (2019 Stats):
QB – #2 Devin Holt (Sr.) 5’10” 161 lbs:  347 yds PASS, 0 TD, 9 INT : 555 yds RUSH, 1 TD, 8 Fumbles
RB – #22 Steve Watson (Sr.) 5’9″ 160 lbs, 1st year Varsity starter
WR – #8 Logan Hehman (Sr.) 6’0″ 163 lbs, 2 rec – 30 yards


Defensive Players to watch (2019 Stats):
LB – #Wyatt Ferguson (So.) 5’10” 178 lbs:  1st year Varsity starter
LB – #4 Matthew Fulton (Sr.) 6’1″ 184 lbs:  32 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
LB – #44 Tyler Jones (Sr.) 6’0″ 187 lbs:  40 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery
LB – #10 Noah Goddard (Sr.) 6’0″ 182 lbs:  19 Tackles




2020 Schedule/Results:

L, 0-10:  8/28 vs. Lakota West (1-0)
9/4 A Oak Hills (0-1)
9/11 H Princeton (1-0)
9/18 H Middletown (0-0)
9/25 A Sycamore (1-0)
10/2 H Hamilton (0-1)


Offensive Players to watch (2019 Stats):
QB – #15 Tyler Prather (Sr.) 6’4” 210 lbs:  Backup QB in 2019
QB/RB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Sr.) 5’10” 170 lbs:  Starting QB in 2019 – 486 yds PASS,  630 yds RUSH, 16 TOTAL TD
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (Jr.) 6’2” 215 lbs:  475 RUSH, 5 TD, 2 Fumbles 2-100 yard games (@Princeton, @Middletown)
RB – #28 Amere Shannon (Jr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  First Varsity start, starred on JV as a Sophomore in 2019
WR – #2 Isaiah Myers (Jr.) 6’5” 190 lbs:  Averaged 26 yds/catch in 2019 with 3 TD catches


Defensive Players to watch (2019 Stats):
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Sr.) 6’2” 340 lbs:  52 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery (UC Commit)
LB – #8 Xander Kendall (Sr..) 6’2” 225 lbs:  Led team with 71 Tackles along with 1 Sack, 1 Fumble Recovery & 2 Interceptions
LB – #5 Mike Bess Jr. (Sr.) 6’1” 230 lbs:  21 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble – Missed most of 2019 due to injury
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Sr.) 5’10” 165 lbs:  62 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Interceptions
DB – #29 Ken Willis Jr. (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  20 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recorvey, 2 Interceptions in limited duty in 2019



Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  For the first time in 11 years, the Cardinals enter week 2 of the football season looking for their first point of the season.  As we said in this very space last week, this is almost a completely rebuilt offense with the main driver being five new starters on the offensive line.  It did not help that the Cardinals faced off against an incredibly motivated and talented defense in Lakota West in week 1.  They came to Colerain and did the unimaginable.  Now, it’s time for growth.  A tremendous amount is learned from week 1 to week 2 and this year it matters even more with the shortened pre-season.  The offense will very much depend on who comes out and starts the game under center for the Cardinals.  TYLER PRATHER (’21) got the call last week and responded with a 6-21 outing for 81 yards, 1 int.  The 2nd half saw FREDDIE JOHNSON (’21) take over a majority of the snaps but even he could only muster 4 net yards on the entire night.  This game MUST be about the continuation of the development of the offensive line AND deciding what this offense is going to be going forward.  Colerain was -2 in the turnover department last week, to add to the frustration.


    • DEFENSE/ST:…If your defense gives up 10 points, you should win 90%+ of the time.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the Cards last week.  However, if there was something to be really excited about, it was certainly the play of the defense.  As discussed in this space last week, the defense is absolutely loaded.  The Senior leadership on this side of the ball is top-notch.  What was especially encouraging last week was the play of a trio of underclassmen:  LAVERT JARMON (’22), KENNY WILLIS JR. (’22) & TERRELL BANKS (’23).  They had 21 tackles between them and are only going to get better the more they play.  This defense held Lakota West to 151 total yards of offense and a meager 1 for 12 on 3rd downs.  Special teams was good enough to with no major holes and we didn’t get a chance to see the kicking game as there were no extra point or field goal attempts.  This unit should fair very well against a much smaller offense than what they saw last week.


    • Bottom-Line:  The Cardinals hit the road for the first time this year.  But that’s not what matters.  This team is going to need to see rapid improvement in it’s offense in order to turn things quickly.  The defense and presumably special teams seem to be in a good place.  Colerain is 40-18 all-time vs. Oak Hills and have beaten them 25 consecutive times dating back to 1993.  Their last meeting was last year when the Cards won 45-14.  Colerain should be the prohibitive favorite to win this game but until we see the offense find their identity, it’s tough to be overly-confident about Colerain’s chances in any contest.  If there is one thing we can be confident in, it’s that this coaching staff knows what it takes to win, as do the players in the program.  They will figure this out sooner rather than later and will come away with their first win of the season on Friday night.


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