Colerain's Cook rises to QB challenge in 40-22 win
October 12, 2013Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
From Cincinnati.com Contributor Jeff Wallner
Sycamore senior Greg Simpson was just the latest talented quarterback to test Colerain’s defense this season. But, the Cardinals have a pretty good signal-caller of their own.
On Friday night, senior quarterback Kelvin Cook rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for two scores, lifting Colerain, ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll and No. 3 in the state poll, to a 40-22 victory over the Aviators.
“No disrespect to Simpson, but I wouldn’t trade my quarterback for anyone,” Colerain coach Tom Bolden said. “Maybe Peyton Manning.”
Simpson led Sycamore, ranked No. 6 in the Enquirer coaches’ poll, with 116 yards on 23 carries and three TDs. Last year, Simpson rushed for 187 yards and three TDs in Colerain’s 28-21 victory.
A week after Princeton’s Tyrell Gilbert amassed 492 total yards against them, Colerain’s defense stepped up. “You’d like to think you can shut him down, but that’s tough to do,” said Bolden of Simpson. “He’s such a phenomenal player. We said ‘No. 6 is the guy.’ We had to get to him.”
The Cardinals, ranked No. 9 in USA Today’s Super 25 poll, largely dominated the first quarter.
On the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage, Cook outran several Sycamore defenders for a 63-yard touchdown run, putting them ahead 7-0. Cook rushed for 103 yards in the first half.
“We saw what their linebackers were doing, going with the motion,” Cook said. “We just went the other way.”
Sycamore punted on its next possession, but the snap sailed over the head of Simpson who intentionally kicked it out of the end zone. The officials conferred and ruled it a safety, putting Colerain ahead 9-0. Shortly after Colerain received the free kick, Deshaunte Jones hauled in a 13-yard pass from Cook, making the score 16-0.
A 57-yard run by Jordan Asberry set up DeTaun Smith-Moore’s 10-yard TD catch on the first play of the second quarter, giving Colerain a 23-6 lead.
“The Princeton game was a wakeup call,” Cook said. “We didn’t look at (Sycamore) as the underdogs.”
PLAY OF THE GAME: After forcing Sycamore to punt on its first possession, Cook raced 63 yards for a touchdown on Colerain’s first play from scrimmage. The Cardinals never looked back
STAR OF THE GAME: Cook set the tone with his first TD, then finished with 171 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. He also passed for 40 yards and two TDs.
VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE: “We just needed to make plays,” said Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo. “It sounds simplistic. But Colerain is so talented, they force you to play outstanding. We didn’t play well.”
EXTRA POINTS: Colerain leads the all-time series 32-8-1, with Sycamore’s last victory coming in 1996. The Cardinals won the past seven meetings by a combined score of 257-59.
Syacmore 6 3 0 6 – 22
COL Cook 63 run (Gehner kick)
Records: Sycamore 5-2 (2-2 GMC), Colerain 7-0 (4-0 GMC)