Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 3 Preview – Colerain Cardinals (1-1) vs. Princeton Vikings (2-0)

Chris Himonidis


What:             Week 3 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (1-1) vs. Princeton Vikings (2-0)
Where:          UC Health Field @ “The Cage”, Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Rd.
When:            Friday September 11, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Web Coverage:    Live VIDEO Broadcast starts at 7PM via  Chatterbox Sports CLICK HERE (Subscription Required)


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



Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Oak Hills Highlanders (2-0, 2-0 in GMC)

2020 Schedule/Results:
W, 33-28:  8/28 @ Hamilton (0-2)
W, 27-22:  9/4 vs. Sycamore (1-1)
9/11 A Colerain (1-1)
9/18 H Lakota East (0-2)
9/25 H Middletown (0-1)
10/2 A Fairfield (1-1)


Total Offense:  399.5 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  223.5 YPG (4th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  176.0 YPG (1st in GMC)
Points per game:  30.0 PPG (1st in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #4 Mekhi Lynn (Jr.) 6’3” 180 lbs:  21-39 for 352 yds PASS, 4 TD, 2 INT : 30-172 yds RUSH, 3 TD, 1 Fumble
RB – #3 Thomas Boyd (Sr.) 6’1″ 240 lbs:  33-195 yds RUSH, 2 TD
WR – #7 Rodney Harris Jr. (Jr.) 6’3″ 191 lbs:  8-117 yds REC, 7 D1 offers including UC and IU
WR – #8 Lamont Jackson (Sr.) 6’3″ 180 lbs:  6-122 yds REC, 3 TD


Total Defense:  369.0 YPG (9th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  210.0 YPG (8th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  159.0 YPG (9th in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  25.0 PPG (5th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:

DL – #25 Qai Williams Noah Goddard (Sr.) 6’1″ 228 lbs:  9 Tackles, 1 Sack
LB – #5 John Harris (Sr.) 5’8″ 182 lbs:  19 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble
LB – #11 Antonio Nunley Jr. (Jr.) 6’1″ 210 lbs:  21 Tackles
DB – #9 Leroy Bowers (Sr.) 6’1″ 189 lbs:  8 Tackles, 3*** Univ. Of Cincinnati Commit



2020 Schedule/Results:

L, 0-10:  8/28 vs. Lakota West (2-0)
W, 30-0:  9/4 @ Oak Hills (0-2)
9/11 H Princeton (2-0)
9/18 H Middletown (0-1)
9/25 A Sycamore (1-1)
10/2 H Hamilton (0-2)


Total Offense:  257.0 YPG (7th in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  182.0 YPG (5th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  75.0 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points per game:  15.0 PPG (T-8th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #15 Tyler Prather (Sr.) 6’3” 185 lbs:  9-27 for 150 yds PASS, 1 INT; 16-11 yds RUSH, 2 TD, 1 Fumble
QB/RB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Sr.) 5’11” 175 lbs:  17-77 yds RUSH; 4-60 yds REC, 1 Fumble
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (Jr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  33-212 yds RUSH, 2 TD
WR – #2 Isaiah Myers (Jr.) 6’4” 175 lbs:  4-84 yds REC


Total Defense:  147.0 YPG (1st in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  42.0 YPG (1st in GMC)
Passing Defense:  105.0 YPG (5th in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  5.0 PPG (1st in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Sr.) 6’2” 340 lbs:  7 Tackles, 1 Sack, 3*** UC Commit
LB – #20 Lavert Jarmon (Jr.) 5’10” 175 lbs:  16 Tackles, 1 Sack
LB – #8 Xander Kendall (Sr..) 6’1” 220 lbs:  11 Tackles, 1 Sack
LB – #5 Mike Bess Jr. (Sr.) 6’1” 245 lbs:  7 Tackles, 1 Sack
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Sr.) 6’ 165 lbs:  9 Tackles, 1 Interception
DB – #29 Ken Willis Jr. (Jr.) 6′ 170 lbs:  11 Tackles



Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  After getting shut out at home against Lakota West (2-0) to open the season, the Cardinals went on the road and faced an Oak Hills team who had just given up 331 yards and 28 points to Milford the week before.  Exactly what the Dr. ordered as the Cards were able to rack up 396 yards of offense led by MJ Flowers (’22) with 190 yards on the ground with 2 touchdowns.  Scoring still came late as Colerain nursed a 13-0 lead going into the 4th quarter.  Tyler Prather (’21) took control at QB and will seemingly see the bulk of snaps at the position moving forward.  The offense is still very much a work in progress as OC Tyler Williams learns what he has and how to best make the pieces work together.  For the second week in a row, the Cardinals will face one of the lower ranked defenses in the league in the Princeton Vikings.  They boast a smaller defensive line which will help Colerain match up better as their offensive line averages only 228 lbs.  Princeton is athletic and fast defensively so look for the Cardinals to try and get Princeton to over-commit on plays by running misdirection and counters.  As is always the case, ball security is important because these Vikings can take any mistake to the house.


    • DEFENSE/ST:…Lights out..that’s really the best way to describe this defense.  They are ranked #1 in the GMC in Total YPG, Rushing YPG and Points Allowed per game.  When Colerain’s defense is on the field, that will be when we see strength on strength as the Princeton Vikings bring the GMC’s 2nd ranked Offense to the table.  The are the #1 ranked team in Passing yards and points per game.  RB Thomas Boyd (’21) is a big load at 240 lbs and will take multiple hits to get him down.  Additionally, the Vikings have a new QB this year in Mekhi Lynn (’22) who is big (6’3″) dude who loves to sling it all over the field.  Princeton’s top 2 receivers are both ranked in the top 5 in the league.  Expect to see Colerain rely on their defensive line to put pressure on the young signal caller and force him into either trying to beat the defense with his feet or potential make mistakes in the passing game.  Lynn hasn’t seen speed like Colerain yet this year.


    • Bottom-Line:  This is an excellent test for the Cardinals in week 3.  The loss in week 1, ending “The Streak” was a heart-breaker.  Confidence was rebuilt last week on the road at Oak Hills, to some degree.  Coming home and taking on a team like Princeton will continue the development necessary on both sides of the ball as the Cards only have 4 games left before the post-season starts.  In a year when the offense needs every bit of 10 weeks to get ready for post-season play, they unfortunately only have 6.  The defense will have to continue their high level of play to keep the game close as the offense figures out how Princeton plays them defensively.  The Cardinals are tough to beat at home and I would look for Colerain to hand Princeton their first loss of the season as they move to 2-1.  GO CARDS!


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