Even a SuperFan would have looked at the Colerain starters tonight and said, “Who ARE these guys?!” as so many new names have ascended to the top of the depth chart. If you had sat in on a meeting of the coaches this week, you would have thought name tags were necessary as there are many fresh faces running the Colerain Football program.
In fact, one could argue the team and staff look almost nothing like they did a year ago when they finished 14-1 and state runner-up. Except for one thing….the Scoreboard. Because at the end of Friday night, Colerain football isn’t about a single coach, player or style of offense. It’s about winning. And no one does that on a more consistent basis than the Colerain Cardinals. And the start to the 2019 season was no different as the Cardinals traveled north on I-75 to battle the equally talented and accomplished Wayne Warriors on their field in the Backyard Blitz.and came away with the 28-19 victory.
The Cardinals were exactly as advertised. Young and inexperienced on the offensive side of the ball while being experienced and veteran on the defensive side of the ball. The Cardinals were lead by Jr. QB Freddie Johnson the entire way. He finished 2/4 for 37 yds and a TD.. Most importantly, no turnovers in his varsity debut at QB. The WeAreColerain.com star of the game was Sr. TB Hamza Abdul-Waheed who rushed for 73 yards, had 22 through the air and scored his first two varsity TD’s.
Defensively, the Cards looked LETHAL stopping the run. Donovan Owens and new nose tackle LT Johnson had great games and in total, the defense harassed QB Cam Fancher with pressure up the middle and on blitzes off the edge. The defense also forced a turnover on a fumble and pounced on it quickly.
Finally, let’s not forget the play of new Kicker Cameron Ott. He was perfect on the day with 4 XP / 4 Att.
Congratulations to Coach Shawn Cutright on your first varsity win on the year. Looking forward to a fun and exciting year of Colerain Football