Regional Semi-Final Preview: Colerain vs. Elder
November 10, 2012Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
What: OHSAA Playoffs: Division I, Region IV Semi-Final Preview
Key Team and Player Stats/Comments
# - Playoff Game
QB - #12 Josh Moore (Sr.) 6’3” 205 lbs: 153/238 for 2,023 yds, 15 TD/5 int,
DL - #97 Carl Lengerich (Jr.) 5’11” 230 lbs: 4.5 Sacks, 32 Tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR
COLERAIN CARDINALS (11-0)
# - Playoff Game
Offense: (Regular Season only)
QB - #1 Alfred “LA” Ramsby (Sr.) 5’11” 195 lbs: 1,103 Rush yards, 8.7 AVG, 56/109-1,281 yards (GMC Leader), 28 Total TD/3 INT
Defense: (Regular Season only)
DL - #59 Dae’shaun Durham (Sr.) 6’2” 255 lbs: 2.5 Sacks, 2 FF, 3 FR
Keys to Victory for Colerain
• OFFENSE: PLAY FAST, ZERO TURNOVERS – The Cardinals looked great last week on offense. They were balanced and LA Ramsby did a masterful job running the offense. Elder gives up almost 200 yards rushing a game so there should be plenty of room to run against the Panthers. And that will be key as the Cardinals should have a very similar game plan as last week. Control the clock and do NOT turn the ball over. Elder has found success against Colerain in the past because of turnovers. The return of Jackson Sorn to the offense is a big key to the success of this team.
• DEFENSE: PLAY PHYSICAL – This Elder offense has been ROLLING in the last 5 games. Ever since they moved Jr. Chris Shroer to RB full-time, they have won 5 in a row. Schroer has averaged 191 YPG and scored a total of 15 TD’s…in 5 games! He may remind some veteran Colerain fans of a certain back named Kyle Koester from way back (2000) who bruised teams with his running style. The Cardinals front seven are going to have to emphasize the “Hit Hard” mentality this week to try and slow him down and wear this offense down. At the same time, the DB’s are going to have their hands full with three very large receivers in Ramstetter (6’4”), Mazza (6’), & TE Devin Pike (6’5”). Letting these receivers get in and out of their routes unhindered will lead to big plays for Elder through the air. QB Josh Moore has grown in confidence during this recent winning streak and he will take chances down the field.
• PLAY SMART – Colerain has done a great job playing smart this season. Eliminating unnecessary penalties is a huge part to winning games, but it is especially important come playoff time. Every false start, every holding and every personal foul is magnified as the calendar turns to November.
Elder provides a much more difficult challenge offensively than St. Xavier did. This Panther team averages 30 pts/game while converting on 51% of 3rd downs. They are an offensive force that is going to cause problems for the Colerain defense. Every hear that old saying? “Your best defense is a good offense” Couldn’t be truer in this instance. The Cardinals offense must control the clock and score TD’s, not FG’s, to win this game. Elder is a team that has exceeded expectations a bit this year after last year’s 2-8 record, but don’t tell those GCL kids that. They are here and they expect to win. Problem for them is so do the Senior led Cardinals. And this Cardinal team will not be denied a trip to the regional final for the first time since 2008.