HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
Cardinals squeak past Vikings
October 7, 2013Princeton High School
The Princeton Vikings left everything on the field in a 56-38 loss to #9 nationally ranked, Colerain Cardinals inside an electric Viking Stadium on Friday, October 4. The top two offenses in the Greater Miami Conference did not disappoint, combining for 94 points and over 1,100 yards of total offense.
Colerain got the ball first and quickly moved the ball inside the Vikings' 20 yard line. However, the Vikings defense would hold strong and on a gutsy 4th & 1 call early in the game, Princeton bull rushed the Cardinal quarterback for no gain.
Princeton's offense started with a solid drive from inside their own 10 yard line. Tyrell Gilbert connected with Marcus Placke on 3rd & 14 to extend the opening drive. The Vikings would get inside the Cardinal's 35 yard line, but was unable to convert on third down. Tanner McGladrie pinned the Cardinals offense inside the 1 yard line after a beautiful 34 yard punt.
The Cardinals offense faced 99 yards for a score, and did exactly that on one play. In a blink of an eye, Detuan Smith ran right past the Vikings defense to put Colerain up 7-0 with 5:25 in the first quarter.
Princeton would respond with a 11 play, 48 yard drive resulting in a 26 yard field goal by Nathan Walz.
Colerain continued to put the foot on the gas pedal on offense, but the Vikings continued to stand strong. Colerain elected to go on 4th & 8 on the Vikings 29 yard line, but good upfront pressure forced an incomplete pass.
Princeton took the ball and the momentum and marched down for another strong drive. Gilbert was very accurate on the 10 play 71 yard drive, finding three different receivers. Gilbert would give the Vikings its first touchdown of the game with a 1 yard run.
The back and forth action would continue in the second half and the Cardinals responded with a 4 play, 64 yard drive in less than two minutes to put Colerain up, 14-10. Gilbert looked for the long ball on Princeton's next possession, but it was intercepted. The Cardinals would capitalize with another touchdown late in the second quarter.
Princeton's offense responded. Gilbert elluded Colerain pressure for 33 rushing yards on the next drive. The Cardinals, expecting Gilbert to run, were wrong. Gilbert connected on three quick hitters to Placke, Ball, and Holloway. The Vikings balanced up-tempo attack had Colerain flat footed. After a big 4 & 1 conversion by Princeton, Gilbert connected with Elijah Ball for a 35 yard touchdown strike.
The Cardinals extended their lead to 28-17 at the half, after a 00:56 seven play drive.
Princeton started the second half with a 8 play, 65 yard touchdown drive, highlighted by another big catch by Ball. On the kick-off, Walz suprised Colerain on a pooch kick. Bryant Holloway went full steam into the Cardinals player forcing the fumble. Vikings would take over, and Gilbert wasted no time. He would find Demarcus Staley for a 12 yard touchdown score.
Colerain's Jordan Asberry elluded the Vikings' defense for a 57 yard touchdown run to regain the lead at the end of the third quarter. After a quick 3 & out by Princeton, the defense stepped up big on the next possession. Tracy Fomby forced and recovered a fumble to give the Vikings excellent field position.
Gilbert and the offense needed just one play to score. Gilbert connected with Placke for a 49 yard touchdown reception, giving the Vikings a 38-35 lead with 8:47 left in the game.
The defense put together two strong stops on the Cardinals, but Colerain conneted for 81 yards down the side line on 3rd & 11 for the touchdown.
It was now Princeton's turn to respond, trailing by four with under seven minutes. Starting from its own 17 yard line, Gilbert connected with Ball for 44 yards. Inside Colerain territory, Holloway made a nice 18 yard reception to put Princeton inside Colerain's 20 yard line. However, the Cardinals' defense stood strong after the new set of downs, and Princeton was unable to convert on fourth down.
Princeton got its' defensive stop that it needed, but the Vikings' offense ran into trouble down the stretch. The Cardinals' picked off Gilbert twice, including one for a Colerain touchdown to secure the win.
Gilbert finished the night passing for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gilbert also led the ground game with 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Elijah Ball led the receiving core with 12 catches for 137 yards and 1 touchdown. Bryant Holloway had 8 catches for 80 yards, Marcus Placke caught 5 balls for 111 yards and a touchdown, and Demarcus Staley finished with 3 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.
The defense played tough against a quick Colerain offense. The Cardinals finished 0-2 on fourth down, and 3-8 on third down conversions.
Bryant Holloway led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 5 assists. Holloway also forced and recovered a fumble. De'Marco Smith chipped in with 4 solo tackles, and Tanner McGladrie with 3 solo tackles.
Princeton travels to Oak Hills on Friday, October 11 at 7:30pm.