Week 10 Preview: Colerain vs. Oak Hills
October 26, 2012By Chris Himonidis of Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
What: Week 10 Preview
Where: The Cage @ Colerain High School, 8801 Cheviot Road
Key Players & Stats/Comments
COLERAIN CARDINALS (9-0, 6-0)
Keys to Victory for Colerain
• OFFENSE: STOP THE TURNOVERS – What’s that old saying? “It’s not a problem until it’s a problem.” Well, it’s a problem. The Cardinals have had a minor case of fumbleitis over the past several weeks and tonight will be no easier with the impending rain. However, this game can change in a heartbeat as these Cardinals well know of what Highlanders RB Demarco Ruffin is capable. The offense must be crisp with ball security tonight and limit the turnovers to zero. Taking care of the pigskin is important this week, but the mentality must really sink in so that when the playoffs start next week, it is paramount in their thought process.
• DEFENSE: STAY DISCIPLINED – Demarco Ruffin burned the Cards last year on several large runs. He is incredibly fast and shifty. Cutbacks are going to be a part of his game and he will need to be tracked. Oak Hills is not loaded with weapons offensively, per se, but they are a talented group overall. The Cardinals defense could really use a great game to help rebound from the whirlwind that was last week against Lakota West. A shutout may be asking too much but regaining your momentum heading into the playoffs is very important.
• IT’S ABOUT THE SENIORS – I don’t know how much this is necessarily a “Key to Victory” but it should be mentioned. Being a football player for Colerain is difficult, very difficult. It requires a tremendous amount of sacrifice and self-discipline not only throughout football season, but during the offseason as well. Tonight, the Cardinals will honor their Seniors, many of whom have spent 4 years sacrificing for the betterment of the program and their teammates. Two of those Seniors, LA Ramsby and Chris “Juice” Davis, have battled back from major knee injuries as Juniors to have amazing Senior seasons. Other seniors are bench players that have been critical in their roles as backups and Scout team players. These young men cannot be overlooked. Coach Bolden and his staff will honor his Seniors tonight with as much playing time as he can, I’m sure. But even if they don’t ALL get in, if you see one after the game, thank them for their effort and time dedicated to playing football for Colerain. It’s been a joy to watch them grow up before our eyes. THANK YOU SENIORS AND GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY!
First and foremost, their 12th undefeated season in school history. Secondly, an outright GMC Championship. Thirdly, the City Championship. A home game in the playoffs is wrapped up (as is the #1 seed) so no worries there. The only thing that would stop the Cardinals from achieving all these things tonight is complacency and laziness to finish the job…that isn’t going to happen. This team has worked very, very hard to get where they are. From players coming back from season-ending injuries a year ago to a defense that has been doubted all year because of its size, this team and these players still feel a chip on their shoulder to prove themselves to anyone who doubts. That drive will take them to a win tonight over Oak Hills and set them up to host the #8 seed in the Region 4 playoffs next Saturday night!