Colerain ground game marches 45-27 over Park Vista
August 31, 2013Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
From Tom Ramstetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer
Colerain built a 21-0 lead in the first half and held on for a 45-27 win over Park Vista (Fla.) Friday night as the 16th Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown continued at Nippert Stadium.
The Cardinals are ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll and No. 22 USA Today’s Super 25 national poll.
Senior quarterback Kelvin Cook made his debut as the starting quarterback for Colerain with two touchdown runs and a touchdown pass to go with 169 yards on 20 carries.
Cook started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown around the left side with 2:25 to play in the first quarter and the Cards took off from there.
“I was feeling normal,” Cook said. “Just this being my first game, I had butterflies and everything.
“Our plan was to get the lead and keep running up the score. They got a couple scores, but the defense played really good.”
Park Vista closed to within two scores four times in the game, but never got closer than 14 points.
Play of the game: Senior linebacker Aric Johnson intercepted Park Vista senior quarterback Qwad Martin at the Colerain 15 with 8:19 to play in the fourth quarter to squash a bit of momentum for the Cobras in what was then a 35-20 game.
Park Vista had just moved inside the Colerain 30 after an offisides penalty on the Cards and had a third-and-5 at the 25 when Martin’s pass was tipped near the line of scrimmage. Johnson corralled it and moved to the 28.
Several plays later, senior fullback DeTuan Smith carried through the middle for a two-yard touchdown run to make it 42-20. A late Park Vista touchdown cut the lead to 15 again, but that was as close as the Cobras got.
Stars of the game: DeTuan Smith rushed for 223 yards on 26 carries and had a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to go with his key fourth-quarter score.
“I love giving it to DeTuan,” Cook said. “I can trust DeTuan.”
Cook followed his first touchdown with a seven-yard scoring run early in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead and added a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver TJ Dula late in the second quarter to make the score 28-7.
“When you have Kelvin Cook and DeTuan Smith in the backfield, good things are going to happen,” Colerain head coach Tom Bolden said.
Senior running back Emmanuel Smith scored the first three Park Vista touchdowns – a 93-yard kickoff return and a 62-yard reception in the second quarter and a 41-yard run in the third quarter.
View From the Sideline: “We knew we had to get out on the early and play fast and play physical and we did,” Bolden said. “That’s a testament to them. You talk about big-play capability. I think the four touchdowns they scored came with a total of 200 yards on those four plays. We’ve got to fix that. We dominated time of possession and things like that, but when teams can make big plays like that you can have a close game.”
“They’re a very good program,” Park Vista coach and former Princeton coach Brian Dodds said. “I knew that going in. You know they’re not going to make mistakes with their offense. They have a great defense. They’re extremely aggressive. It’s exactly what I expected.”
Extra Points: Colerain had a little additional motivation for Friday’s game because a YouTube video previewing the Park Vista season featured a coach’s spirited take on playing Colerain.
“Yes, (the coaching staff used it),” Bolden said. “We saw the video early on and that’s the thing with social media. That’s why I always tell the kids to think before you press send. Stuff gets out there and people see it. We’re going to try to use any edge we can get.”