Remembering 2004: Week 1
August 28, 2014By Chris Himonidis of Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
Week 1 - Saturday August 28, 2004
Colerain vs. Elder
Way back in 2004, the Cardinals opened their season in the 7th Annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown as they had so many times before. But this year, clearly, was different.
The Cardinals were set to open vs. 2-time defending State Champion Elder Panthers. Not only had Elder won the State Title two years in a row, they had ousted Colerain from the playoffs THREE years in a row by a combined 22 points, including a crushing 1 point loss in 2003. Payback was on the Cardinals minds. In the Cincinnati Enquirer Pre-season coach’s poll, Colerain was #1…Elder, #2.
With an experienced group of Seniors on defense led by DT Terril Byrd, supported by an equally talented Junior class led by LB Tyler Moeller, along with a new QB under center who went by “Goodie”, Colerain wanted to make a statement that the years of losing to Elder were over. While it wasn’t a playoff game, week 1 of the season was as good a place as any to start a new chapter in this rivalry, and the hype couldn’t have been any higher…
After a 3-plus hour lightning delay, the game finally kicked off at Nippert Stadium. Elder grabbed a 3-0 lead early. It was the only time the rest of the game they would lead. SR QB Dominick “Goodie” Goodman led the rushing attack with 126 yards and 3 TD’s to lead Colerain to a dominating 21-3 victory.
As the season progressed, opposing coaches had some pretty interesting post-game quotes regarding the 2004 Cardinals, and it all started with Elder Head Coach Doug Ramsey who said:
"I've been the head coach here for eight years, and that's the best defense I've ever seen," Ramsey said. "They're big, they're fast, they're physical. They're the best team right now."
By exorcising their Purple Panther demons from the past, the Cardinals began their march into the history books with a “modest” 18 point victory. We didn’t know it yet, but oh what a ride we were all in for!!!