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Regional Semi-Final Preview: Colerain vs. Elder

November 10, 2012
Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com



Chris Himonidis
WeAreColerain.com

 

What:          OHSAA Playoffs:  Division I, Region IV Semi-Final Preview
Who:         Colerain Cardinals, GMC Champions (11-0) vs. Elder Panthers, GCL-South 2nd Place (8-3)
Where:      Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati
When:       Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Internet:    LIVE AUDIO - WeAreColerain.com (CLICK HERE)
Television: LIVE VIDEO – Time Warner (CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE)
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Key Team and Player Stats/Comments


ELDER PANTHERS (8-3)
2012 Schedule/Results:

W - Centerville (6-4), 34-21
W - Upper Arlington (6-4), 45-7
L - Trinity (Louisville) (KY) (8-1), 21-45
L - St Edward (11-0), 28-42
W - Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (IN) (8-2), 24-7
L - St Xavier (6-5), 26-35
W - Archbishop Moeller (8-3), 17-13
W - Winton Woods (8-3), 28-14
W - Highlands (KY) (9-1), 38-24
W - La Salle (4-6), 34-28
W - # Sycamore (9-2), 49-42

# - Playoff Game

Offense:
383.5 YPG (181.6 Rush/201.9 Pass)

QB - #12 Josh Moore (Sr.) 6’3” 205 lbs:  153/238 for 2,023 yds, 15 TD/5 int,
RB - #21 Chris Schroer (Jr.) 6’0” 210 lbs:  1,382 yards rushing, 5.5 AVG yards per carry, 23 TD
WR - #18 Max Mazza (Sr.) 6’0” 180 lbs:  53 rec 763 yards, 4 TD’s….recently became Elder’s All-Time Leading receiver
WR - #8 Joe Ramstetter (Sr.) 6’4” 195 lbs:  44 rec 827 yards, 12 TD’s

Defense:
329.8 YPG (181.1 Rush/148.7 YPG)

DL - #97 Carl Lengerich (Jr.) 5’11” 230 lbs:  4.5 Sacks, 32 Tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR
LB - #96 Marc McGeorge (Sr.) 6’2” 200 lbs: 7.0 Sacks, 57 Tackles, 3 FR
LB - #9 Trevor Ginn (Sr.) 6’0” 206 lbs:  1.5 Sacks, 72 Tackles, 1 Int
DB - #4 Tony Mazza (Jr.) 6’0” 188 lbs:  0.5 Sacks, 47 Tackles, 1 FF

COLERAIN CARDINALS (11-0)
2012 Schedule/Results:
W - Pickerington Central (7-3), 28-15
W - Ryle (Union) (KY) (3-7), 35-0
W - St Xavier (6-5), 31-28
W - Princeton (1-9), 55-0
W - Sycamore (9-2), 28-21
W - Mason (6-4), 35-0
W - Middletown (4-6), 41-14
W - Fairfield (2-8), 65-6
W - Lakota West (8-2), 57-44
W - Oak Hills (5-5), 48-29
W - # St Xavier (6-5), 35-14

# - Playoff Game

Offense: (Regular Season only)
462 YPG (334 Rush/128 Pass)

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
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:  781 Total yards, 10 Total TD (7 rush/3 pass)
RB - #25 Detuan Smith-Moore (Jr.) 5’5´185 lbs:  “Pocket Hercules”…767 yards rush/193 yards REC, 10 Total TD (8 rush/2 rec)
OL - #71 Dylan Wiseman (Sr.) 6’4” 300 lbs:  Committed to UC…specializes in pancake blocks

Defense: (Regular Season only)
254 YPG (145 Rush/109 YPG)

DL - #59 Dae’shaun Durham (Sr.) 6’2” 255 lbs:  2.5 Sacks, 2 FF, 3 FR
LB - #23 Casey Lozier (Sr.) 5’10” 192 lbs:  4.0 Sacks, 1 FF
DB - #30 Ryan Williamson (Jr.) 5’11” 170 lbs:  5 INT for 40 yards
DB - #28 Jalen Christian (Jr.) 5’9” 162 lbs:  4 INT, 1 TD
DB - #24 Dejuan Lang (Sr.) 5’10” 180 lbs:  3 INT, 2 FR…Defensive leader in the secondary

 

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. 

Bottom-Line

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.


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