Boys Varsity Football, Varsity Football · Football Week 6 Preview – Colerain Cardinals (3-2) vs. Hamilton Big Blue (3-2)

Chris Himonidis


What:             Week 6 Varsity Football Preview
Who:              Colerain Cardinals (3-2) vs Hamilton Big Blue (3-2)
Where:          UC Health Field @ The Cage, Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Road
When:            Friday October 2, 2020 @ 7 PM
Web Coverage:    Three (3) ways to watch LIVE VIDEO Broadcast
(1)  Chatterbox Sports Live (Subscription Required-Click Here)
(2) YouTube Channel (Click Here)
(3)  Waycross Community TV LIVE Channel (Click HERE or HERE)
You will also be able to watch the game again on delay on Waycross.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.


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



Team Schedule/Results and Key Players to Watch

Hamilton Big Blue (3-2, 3-2 in GMC)

2020 Schedule/Results:
L, 28-33:  8/28 vs. Princeton (4-1)
L, 13-40:  9/4 @ Lakota West (4-0)
W, 28-25:  9/11 vs. Fairfield (1-4)
W, 41-13:  9/18 @ Oak Hills (0-4)
W, 12-7:  9/25 vs. Mason (4-1)
10/2 @ Colerain (3-2) [I:4]

Playoffs (#6 Seed):
10/9 vs. #11 Archbishop Moeller (1-4)


Total Offense:  299.6 YPG (5th in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  209.6 YPG (4th in GMC)
Passing Offense:  90.0 YPG (6th GMC)
Points per game:  24.4 PPG (4th in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #1 Quincy Simms Marshall (Sr.) 6’1” 181 lbs:  22-53 for 448 yds PASS, 7 TD, 3 INT; 31-134 yds RUSH 0 TD, 1 FUM
RB – #8 Keyshawn Stephens (Jr.) 6’0″ 205 lbs:  86-582 yds RUSH, 4 TD, 2 Fumbles; 9-85 yds REC, 2 TD (Big Blue Leading Scorer) & 20 Tackles on defense
RB – #2 Kaleb Johnson (Jr.) 6’1″ 200 lbs:  59-249 yds RUSH, 4.2 AVG, 4 TD
WR – #13 Daryan Bowling (Sr.) 6’4″ 170 lbs:  (Missed last 2 games to injury) 7-193 yds REC, 1 TD
ATH – #3 Malik Verdon (Sr.) 6’5″ 205 lbs:  9 passing attempts on the year, 21-11 yds RUSH, 2 TD, 4-80 yds REC, 2 TD; 27 Tackles, 2 INT – talented player who transferred from Lakota West (via Moeller for 1 year) and is committed to the RedHawks of Miami University.


Total Defense:  319.0 YPG (6th in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  197.8 YPG (6th in GMC)
Passing Defense:  121.2 YPG (T-6th in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  23.6 PPG (5th in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
LB – #27 Jordan Jones (Sr.) 5’10” 220 lbs:  50 Tackles (Team leader), 2 Sacks, 1 FF
LB – #22 Blake Hawkins (Sr.) 5’10” 190 lbs:  40 Tackles, 1 Sack
LB – #19 Breon Ishmail (So.) 6’4″ 175 lbs:  32 Tackles
DB – #4 Dillon Lee (Sr.) 5’8″ 150 lbs:  25 Tackles, 1 FR



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 vs. Princeton (4-1)
W, 42-6:  9/18 vs. Middletown (0-4)
W, 21-7:  9/25 @ Sycamore (1-4)
10/2 vs Hamilton (3-2)

Playoffs (#5 Seed):
10/9 vs. #12 Milford (2-2)


Total Offense:  325.2 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Offense:  240.4 YPG (T-1st in GMC)
Passing Offense:  84.8 YPG (7th in GMC)
Points per game:  26.0 PPG (T-2nd in GMC)

Offensive Players to watch:
QB – #15 Tyler Prather (Sr.) 6’3” 185 lbs:  27-55 for 424 yds PASS, 1 TD, 1 INT; 39-212 yds RUSH, 6 TD, 1 Fumble
QB/RB – #1 Freddie Johnson (Sr.) 5’11” 175 lbs:  51-284 yds RUSH, 3 TD; 9-126 yds REC, 2 Fumble
RB – #28 Amere Shannon (Jr.) 6’0″ 170 lbs:  18-144 yds RUSH 1 TD; 4-37 yds REC 1 TD, 1 Fumble
FB – #9 M.J. Flowers (Jr.) 6’1” 185 lbs:  73-468 yds RUSH, 6 TD
WR – #2 Isaiah Myers (Jr.) 6’4” 175 lbs:  10-253 yds REC


Total Defense:  180.6 YPG (2nd in GMC)
Rushing Defense:  35.0 YPG (1st in GMC)
Passing Defense:  145.6 YPG (LAST in GMC)
Points allowed per game:  12.8 PPG (2nd in GMC)

Defensive Players to watch:
DL – #58 Dontay Corleone (Sr.) 6’2” 340 lbs:  21 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 3*** UC Commit
LB – #20 Lavert Jarmon (Jr.) 5’10” 175 lbs:  35 Tackles, 2 Sacks
LB – #5 Mike Bess Jr. (Sr.) 6’1” 245 lbs:  17 Tackles, 1 Sack
DB – #10 Sean Williamson (Sr.) 6’ 165 lbs:  21 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks, 2 Interceptions
DB – #4 Brandon Sinclair (Sr.) 6’2″ 185 lbs:  20 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 Interception



Keys to Victory for Colerain

    • OFFENSE:  At this point, the offense is what it is.  The key to the continued development all really rests with the offensive line.  If you think about it, the coaches have changed personnel a few times and we are technically only half way through a regular season schedule.  To think that this game represents the last regular season game puts that much more pressure on the 5 OL in front of QB Tyler Prather.  Against a stingy defense last week, they still managed 256 yards on the ground, led by JR MJ Flowers with 132 yards and a TD.  However, kudos to the QBs who distributed the ball to 5 different runners over the course of the evening.  This Hamilton team is very much a mirror image of Colerain, just not as stout defensively.  The Big Blue allow almost 200 yards a game on the ground and the Cards are averaging 240 yards on the year, 279 yards over the past three games on the ground.  Hamilton’s defense is fast and athletic.  The Cardinals’ offense is going to need to ensure positive plays on every play.  Getting off-schedule against this defense could cause real problems including 2nd and 3rd and long plays as well as turnovers.  Additionally, establishing the FB dive is going to be key as Hamilton will crowd the middle of the field and the Cards offense can take advantage of that with Freddie Johnson and Amere Shannon on the edges.  Finding the open man for some short-range passes will go a long way to keep the Big Blue defense on their heels.


    • DEFENSE/ST:  This Cardinals defense has held their past two opponents to 23 yards rushing total.  Let that stat sink in.  They are allowing a ridiculously low 35 yards rushing per game.  That makes no sense, no matter how you look at it.  This Big Blue offense is middle of the pack in the GMC but PLEASE do not let that fool you.  They have 3 playmakers on the field that can change the outcome of the game in the blink of an eye.  I am speaking specifically of QB Quincy Simms Marshall, RB Keyshawn Stephens and RB Kaleb Johnson.  Not to mention their well-traveled all-around ATH committed to the Miami RedHawks, Malik Verdon.  The Cardinals are going to have to rattle Simms-Marshall early and try and force mistakes.  RB Stephens is a dynamic Junior who, if he gets into open space, is going to be difficult to track down.  Last year, he rushed for over 100 yards against the Cards.  Simms-Marshall and RB Kaleb Johnson also played on that team last year, so they are returning starters with experience in the seeing this Colerain defense.  Tackling must be sure and the Cardinals must watch over-pursuing these runners.  The Cards still rank last in the conference in pass defense, but don’t expect Hamilton to throw the ball much (unless they abandon all hope trying to run against this defense).  Last week in their big win over Mason, Big Blue attempted exactly ZERO passes.  The week before against Oak Hills…only 3.


    • Bottom-Line:  Well, the last game of the regular season is upon us.  And in this crazy Covid world, we already know that the Cards are home next week hosting Milford in a 5/12 matchup.  But that’s next week.  This week, the Cards must defend home turf once again.  As crazy as it sounds, the Cards are 1-2 at home vs. the GMC.  Beating Hamilton would draw that record to an even 2-2 and the final regular-season record to 4-2.  Colerain’s three wins have come against three teams with a combined 1-12 record.  So it may sound nuts, but in week 6, we still haven’t see Colerain beat a team with a winning record, or even close.  Well, they have that chance in front of them.  Mason was undefeated last week when Hamilton beat them 12-7 so this is a good opponent.  If the Cards play their best game and stifle the Big Blue on offense, look for a win in the range of 10-17 points.  If they struggle on offense with penalties and turnovers and the defense struggles at all with the dudes in blue, it is not inconceivable (even though it is!) that the Cards could lose their 3rd GMC game at home this year.  This author doesn’t see that happening, however, as this team has grown and gotten better every week since the Princeton loss.  Look for another win and some momentum heading in to the playoffs next week.


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