Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 5 Preview – Colerain Cardinals (2-2) vs. Sycamore Aviators (1-3)

Chris Himonidis


What:             Week 5 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (1-2) @ Sycamore Aviators (1-3)
Where:          (Click/Tap for Directions) Coach Bud Acus Alumni Field at Sycamore Middle School, 5757 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
When:            Friday September 25, 2020 @ 7 PM (Sycamore Homecoming)
Web Coverage:    Live VIDEO Broadcast starts at 6:40PM via  Sycamore Aviators Website
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** IMPORTANT INFO:  Sycamore High School Fall 2020 Spectator/Ticketing Procedures**



Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Sycamore Aviators (1-3, 1-3 in GMC)

2020 Schedule/Results:
W, 34-31:  8/28 H Lakota East (1-3)
L, 22-27:  9/4 A Princeton (3-1)
L, 0-33:  9/11 H Lakota West (4-0)
L, 13-21:   9/18 A Mason (4-0)
9/25 vs. Colerain (2-2)
10/2 vs. OPEN DATE


Total Offense:  290.8 YPG (6th in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  178.8 YPG (5th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  112.0 YPG (3rd in GMC)
Points per game:  17.3 PPG (8th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #6 Andrew Fehr (Sr.) 5’10” 180 lbs:  42-72 for 448 yds PASS, 4 TD, 1 INT
RB – #8 William Engle (Jr.) 5’9″ 195 lbs:  81-442 yds RUSH, 6 TD, 5 Fumbles; 13-146 yds REC, 1 TD (accounts for 7 of Sycamore’s 10 TD)
RB – #12 Cairo Ford (Jr.) 5’8″ 155 lbs:  28-231 yds RUSH, 2 TD; 9-97 yds REC
OL – ALL OF THEM:  See below, defensive keys to the game


Total Defense:  318.0 YPG (6th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  184.0 YPG (6th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  134.0 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  28.0 PPG (6th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:

DL/LB – #34 Zaire Washington (Fr.) 5’7″:  21 Tackles, 2 Sacks
LB – #23 Jovani Mujanayi (Sr.) 5’11” 190 lbs:  21 Tackles
DB – #2 Justin Williams (Jr.) 5’11” 185 lbs:  16 Tackles, 1 FF
DB – #19 Jacob Teuimeh (Jr.) 5’11” 190 lbs:  23 Tackles, 1 Sack



2020 Schedule/Results:

L, 0-10:  8/28 vs. Lakota West (4-0)
W, 30-0:  9/4 @ Oak Hills (0-4)
L, 37-41:  9/11 H Princeton (3-1)
W, 42-6:  9/18 H Middletown (0-3)
9/25 A Sycamore (1-3)
10/2 H Hamilton (2-2)


Total Offense:  325.0 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  236.5 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Passing Offense:  88.5 YPG (8th in GMC)
Points per game:  27.3 PPG (3rd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #15 Tyler Prather (Sr.) 6’3” 185 lbs:  22-44 for 354 yds PASS, 1 TD, 1 INT; 28-186 yds RUSH, 5 TD, 1 Fumble
QB/RB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Sr.) 5’11” 175 lbs:  41-249 yds RUSH, 2 TD; 7-103 yds REC, 2 Fumble
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (Jr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  59-336 yds RUSH, 5 TD
WR – #2 Isaiah Myers (Jr.) 6’4” 175 lbs:  8-205 yds REC


Total Defense:  204.3 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  45.0 YPG (1st in GMC)
Passing Defense:  159.3 YPG (LAST in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  14.3 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Sr.) 6’2” 340 lbs:  20 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 3*** UC Commit
LB – #20 Lavert Jarmon (Jr.) 5’10” 175 lbs:  33 Tackles, 2 Sacks
LB – #5 Mike Bess Jr. (Sr.) 6’1” 245 lbs:  16 Tackles, 1 Sack
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Sr.) 6’ 165 lbs:  16 Tackles, 1 Interception
DB – #29 Ken Willis Jr. (Jr.) 6′ 170 lbs:  14 Tackles



Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  A very workman like effort last week against Middletown resulted in great field position (thanks defense!) and ~400 yards of offense for the 2nd straight week.  The Cards were 57% on 3rd downs and 1-1 on 4th downs.  Additionally, they once again only had 1 turnover and scored a season-high 42 points.  As predicted, the offense ran through and around a Middletown defense that looked outmatched from the start.  This week will bring a better defense in the Aviators.  The entire team is young and that starts with the defense.  Interestingly, their leading tacklers are in the secondary which speaks to their strength not being on defensive line.  This bodes well for Colerain OL that is still finding it’s way and settling into their positions.  The key will be the backs and receivers ability to effectively block on the edge and downfield without drawing penalties.  The Cardinals once again held penalties to a very low number last week (25 yards) and they will need to again.  Sycamore is giving up 28 PPG and the Cards are scoring a shade over 27 PPG….look for that to continue this week.


    • DEFENSE/ST:  The Cardinals faced a Middie offense that averaged 200 yards on the ground going into the game last week and held the to 28 yards rushing…TOTAL.  They held RB Josh Bryant to 56 yards on 6 carries.  But take away one 52 yard run and you are talking about 4 yards rushing on 5 carries for one of the most punishing rushers in the GMC.  Still, just not quite sure what this defense is really capable of.  It’s still hard to overlook the 41 point explosion Princeton had two weeks ago.  Outside of that game, Colerain has allowed 10, 0 & 6 points.  This week will be a much better judge of how far this defense has come for two main reasons:  One, Sycamore brings a balanced attack to the table with one of the more unknown stars in the city in RB William Ingle who averages 5.5 yds/carry and is only a Jr. and two, the Sycamore offensive line.  Outside of Lakota West, Sycamore’s offensive line is a skilled group who are going to tower over the smaller DL of the Cardinals.  The question is, can the Cardinals use their first step speed to get through the gaps and put pressure on Sr. QB Andrew Fehr who last year, led the GMC in passing yards and is a 3-year starter at the position.  Sr. DL Dontay Corleone has gotten to the QB more than anyone else in the GMC.  While he may not get the sack this week, look for Jr. Lavert Jarmon to assert himself from the outside.


    • Bottom-Line:  The Cardinals go on the road for the last time in this abbreviated season before returning home next week for the final game of the regular season.  Colerain travels to Sycamore whom they have beaten 18 consecutive games and hold an overall record of 37-8-1.  Over those 18 contests dating back to 1998, the average score is 41-9 Cards.  Sycamore has had very good teams coached by Scott Datillo come up short against the Cards.  This Sycamore team is young.  They started the year with a big win over Lakota East (who just beat Princeton) but have lost in close contests to both Princeton and Mason while getting blown out (33-0!) to Lakota West.  Really a very strange year in the GMC.  Sycamore has not forced a turnover all season and they have only recorded 4 sacks on the season as a team…one less than Colerain DL Dontay Corleone.  Look for the Cardinals to rely heavily on the run and wear down the front four on defense forcing the Aves secondary to step up and aid in the tackling efforts.  At that point, you could envision QB Tyler Prather going over the top to JR WR Isiah Myers to catch the defense off-guard and stretch them out even more.  With the defense expected back at full-strength this week and and continually improving offense, expect the Cardinals to get above .500 and log their 3rd win of the season.


  • #BeatSycamore