Colerain storms past Lakota East 35-7
September 21, 2013Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
Courtesy of Tom Ramstetter
Cincinnati Enquirer (Article)
Colerain shook off some early struggles with 28 unanswered points and the Cardinals cruised to a 35-7 win over Lakota East Friday night in a storm that ranged from steady drizzle to downright blinding rain throughout the game at Lakota East.
It was the Greater Miami Conference opener for both schools.
Colerain (4-0, 1-0 GMC) is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I Ohio state poll and the latest Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll. The Cards are ranked No. 13 nationally in the USA Today Super 25. Lakota East is No. 8 in the area coaches’ poll.
Cardinals senior quarterback Kelvin Cook lost fumbles on the Cards’ first two possessions of the game as both teams struggled with the wet conditions, but Lakota East could not convert either possession into points.
“The ball was like a bar of soap,” Cook said. “The key to keeping the ball off the ground was keeping my hands dry, keeping a towel. It was raining so much that the towel kept getting wet. It didn’t even help.”
Colerain finally stormed ahead with touchdowns on consecutive possessions late in the first half. Cook’s only touchdown – a 40-yard quarterback draw with 2:35 to play in the second quarter – gave the Cards a 21-7 lead at halftime and the Thunderhawks never mounted a serious challenge after that.
“I would have hated to be a spread team tonight, trying to chuck it around and that kind of stuff,” Colerain coach Tom Bolden said of the weather.
Play of the Game: Junior running back Jordan Asberry followed two Colerain offensive penalties with a 50-yard touchdown run to break a 7-7 tie and give the Cards the lead for good.
Asberry took an option pitch from Cook on the right sideline and broke through several tacklers across the middle of the field before sprinting into the end zone with 5:57 remaining in the first half.
The go-ahead score came two snaps after a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cook to senior receiver TJ Dula was called back because of a false start. A block in the back call on the next snap sent Colerain to a second and 16 from the 50 and set up Asberry’s run.
Play of the Game Runner-Up: Senior defensive back Jalen Christian picked up a fumble by Lakota East senior quarterback Eric Eichler at the Colerain 10 and sprinted 90 yards down the left sideline for the first touchdown of the game.
“I saw the ball on the ground and just thought, hey, I might as well take it to the house,” Christian said. “And I took it to the house. Touchdown.”
Christian’s fumble return ended the drive after Cook’s second fumble. Cook lost that one at the Colerain 10.
“It gave me a rush because our offense was down and that just picked us up and changed the momentum of the game,” Cook said.
Stars of the game: Cook had 120 yards on 23 carries. His touchdown run was not one of the spectacular runs he’s become known for in his first season under center, but the senior sprinted 40 yards down the left side and into the end zone on a broken play.
“It just kind of broke down,” Cook said. “I was looking for one of our receivers and I couldn’t find them, so I just took off.”
Dula scored both second-half touchdowns for Colerain on runs of 19 and 4 yards and senior linebacker Aric Johnson had 11 tackles for the Cards.
Junior running back David Chenault led Lakota East with 56 yards on 16 carries and scored the only Thunderhawks touchdown on a three-yard run early in the second quarter to tie the score at 7-7.
View From the Sideline: “We had a couple costly turnovers,” Bolden said. “I give our kids credit. We’ve been there the first three games playing such good competition and we didn’t ever budge.
“I think that’s the best our defense has played against the triple option in a long time. We’re getting better and better each week defensively. I think the scary thing about it is I don’t think we’ve put a complete game together yet. I don’t think we’ve played our best offensive game and I don’t think we’ve played our best defensive game yet. But we’re getting better.”
The Cardinals return home next week to battle the Big Blue from Hamilton on Elementary night at the Cage!