Week 9 Preview: Colerain vs. Lakota West
October 18, 2012By Chris Himonidis of Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
What: Week 9 Preview – GMC CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION
Who: Colerain Cardinals (8-0, 5-0) vs. Lakota West Firebirds (8-0, 5-0)
Where: The Cage @ Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Road
When: Friday October 19, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Internet: LIVE AUDIO - WeAreColerain.com (CLICK HERE)
Key Players & Stats/Comments
LAKOTA WEST FIREBIRDS (8-0, 5-0)
Last Game – BEAT Middletown, 27 - 14
QB - #3 Malik Grove (Jr.) 5’10” 165 lbs: 54/113 for 737 yds, 8 TD/2 int, 355 yards rushing, 5.0 AVG yards per carry, 6 TD Rush
RB - #23 Mikel Horton (Jr.) 6’2” 225 lbs: 757 yards rushing (6th in GMC), 4.9 AVG yards per carry, 10 TD
RB - #22 Kole Gentry (So.) 5’11” 185 lbs: 351 yards rushing, 6.5 AVG yards per carry, 4 TD
WR - #11 Jarin Higginbotham (Jr.) 6’1” 180 lbs: 11 rec 153 yards, 2 TD’s
DL - #97 Tony Gabbard (Jr.) 6’1” 175 lbs: 3.5 Sacks, 1 FF
DL - #13 Luke Scott (Sr.) 6’ 225 lbs: 2.0 Sacks, 1 FR, 1 INT
DB - #20 Tyler Cross (Sr.) 6’ 175 lbs: 1 FF, 1 FR, 5 INT, 1 TD
DB - #29 Michael Carter (Sr.) 5’9” 165 lbs: 3 INT, 1 TD
COLERAIN CARDINALS (8-0, 5-0)
Last Game - BEAT Sycamore, 28-21
QB - #1 Alfred “LA” Ramsby (Sr.) 5’11” 195 lbs: 583 rush yards, 6.2 AVG, 46/90-1,107 yards (GMC Leader), 20 Total TD/2 INT
FB - #12 Jackson Sorn (Sr.) 6’ 200 lbs: 543 rush yards, 7.1 AVG, 4 TD
RB - #5 Chris Davis (Sr.) 5’10” 185 lbs: 648 Total yards, 8 Total TD (5 rush/3 pass)
RB - #25 Detuan Smith-Moore (Jr.) 5’5´185 lbs: “Pocket Hercules”…497 yards rush/193 yards REC, 8 Total TD (6 rush/2 rec)
OL - #71 Dylan Wiseman (Sr.) 6’4” 300 lbs: Committed to UC…specializes in pancake blocks
DL - #59 Dae’shaun Durham (Sr.) 6’2” 255 lbs: 2 Sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR
DB - #30 Ryan Williamson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs: 5 INT (T-2nd in GMC) for 40 yards
DB - #24 Dejuan Lang (Sr.) 5’10” 180 lbs: - 3 INT, 2 FR…Defensive leader in the secondary
Keys to Victory for Colerain
• OFFENSE: MIX IT UP – Lakota West has good Senior leaders on defense and the GMC’s leader in interceptions. They are 4th in the GMC in yards allowed/game and 2nd in points allowed/game. The way the Cardinals are going to be successful offensively is unleash their full playbook. The Cardinals have had games where they clearly feature the run game with their vaunted Triple-Option and others where they seem to want to primarily pass. This is the game they both come together in beautiful harmony and show what this offense is truly capable of.
• DEFENSE: KEY ON HORTON – Make no mistake, Mr. Horton is a GOOD football player. Mikel touches the ball almost 22 times per game and averages almost 130 yards/game. The defense is going to have to gang tackle this monster of a running back (6’2”, 225 lbs). Slow down Horton and force Jr. QB Malik Grove to make a play with his feet or through the air. Colerain’s secondary is one of the better and more under-rated in recent history. They collectively lead the GMC with 13 interceptions and will most likely increase that total on Friday.
• PLAY YOUR GAME – It’s homecoming and the Cardinals are protecting their own field. The Firebirds are 8-0 and looking to shock the city and state by beating Colerain. The Cardinals need to bring their Swag to the contest and take the game to West. Don’t let them dictate the tempo or attitude of the game. Do that, and victory will be within their grasp.
This is going to be fun. Colerain and Lakota West are the top two scoring offenses in the GMC, averaging a combined 75 points plus per game. Both teams are undefeated and this game is for a share of the GMC championship, at a minimum. For Lakota West, they are going to have to go with a strong dose of their stud running back JR Mikel Horton. He is a load to bring down at 6’2”, 225. A 3-Star Scout recruit, Horton should be the focus of the Firebirds offense on Friday night. He is as big or bigger than any of Colerain’s defensive linemen. The good news is that there is only one of him and many Colerain D-linemen. Offensively for Colerain, it’s all about continued distribution of the football. This is one of the most dynamic and balanced teams that Colerain has ever had. At one point, 13 different players have scored touchdowns for the Cardinals this year. QB LA Ramsby leads the GMC conference in passing (yep, that’s not a typo) and the team in rushing, it all starts with him. Lakota West is 4th in the GMC in Rushing defense allowing only 163.9 yards/game while Colerain is #1 in Rushing offense, averaging 302.9 yards/game. Something’s gotta give.
Look for the Cardinals to vary their offense early and often. Get the Lakota West defense back on their heels early and strike often. Lakota West has dynamic players that can cause problems if they are allowed to gain confidence. Colerain may not score a lot early on, and might even trail at halftime. But make no mistake, this Cardinal team thrives because they are better conditioned and work harder than any other team on their schedule. The starters will be involved all game as they exert their will and speed in the third quarter and pull away from Lakota West for the victory.