Colerain defends Ohio’s honor in Herbstreit Varsity Football Series

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Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series

Cincinnati Colerain coach Tom Bolden joked his team wanted to make
things interesting again this year in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity
Football Series. The Cardinals (2-0) certainly gave an appropriate encore. Colerain defeated McKeesport (Pa.) 14-7 in overtime Saturday
in the fourth annual Herbstreit event at Paul Brown Stadium.


CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Colerain coach Tom Bolden joked his team wanted to make things interesting again this year in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series.

The Cardinals (2-0) certainly gave an appropriate encore.

Colerain defeated McKeesport (Pa.) 14-7 in overtime Saturday in the fourth annual Herbstreit event at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Cardinals continue to have a perfect record in the event and are the only team to be 4-0.

Last year, Colerain defeated Hoover (Ala.) 20-17 in overtime at University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.

Colerain, which lost 18 of 22 starters from last year’s Division I regional runner-up team, returned only four regular starters.

“This is one of the toughest schedules we’ve had in a long time,” said Bolden, who improves to 2-0 in the Herbstreit event.

Colerain junior QB Greg Tabar scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down in overtime to lift the Cardinals.

Tabar, who rushed for 35 yards in the triple option offense, also scored in the first quarter to give the Cardinals a lead.

Nose tackle Adam Moser said the Cardinals are pleased with the win, but can’t get caught up in the hype.

“We have to play well next week,” Moser said.

Colerain plays host to Fort Thomas Highlands, one of Kentucky’s top teams this fall.

It is the first meeting since Sept. 3, 2005 when the Cardinals defeated Highlands 45-14 in Colerain’s second game of the season.

Colerain had 177 yards of offense compared to 172 for McKeesport (0-1).

Colerain’s leading rusher was sophomore Trayion Durham, who had 13 rushes for 54 yards.

McKeesport’s leading rusher was senior Gabe Patterson, who had 62 yards on nine carries.

“We didn’t play well at the beginning and that bothered us,” McKeesport coach George Smith said. “We got so wrapped up in the magnitude of this game. We have been in state championship games, but this was a lot different. This had a lot more hoopla.”

Warren Central (Ind.) beats Middletown 39-35

Warren Central (Ind.) defeated Middletown 39-35 in the second game of the fourth annual Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series at Paul Brown Stadium.

It was Middletown’s first appearance in the Herbstreit event.

Middletown junior quarterback Caleb Watkins ran for two touchdowns and passed for another for the Middies (0-2). He was 19-of-30 passing for 252 yards.

Junior wide receiver Nick McKnight had five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. McKnight caught a 56-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 left to close the gap after the Middies trailed by 10 points.

Junior running back Antonio Banks led the Middies with 52 rushing yards on 18 carries. He also scored a touchdown at the start of the fourth.

Warren Central senior running back Eric Williams had 18 rushes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior running back George Cheesebourough had 24 rushes for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors (2-0).

Middletown (0-2) plays at Lima at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Aquinas (Fla.) handles Elder in Herbstreit opener

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) defeated Cincinnati Elder 35-24 in the first game this afternoon of the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series at Paul Brown Stadium.

Elder held a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Raiders scored 21 points in the second quarter for a 21-10 halftime lead.

Aquinas (1-0), the Florida 5A state champion in 2007, is rated No. 6 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 and No. 4 nationally in the preseason ESPN RISE Fab 50. (The first ESPN weekly ratings will be released after Labor Day).

Aquinas senior wide receiver Duron Carter, who has orally committed to Ohio State, led the Raiders with four receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. Carter is the son of former Ohio State/NFL great Cris Carter.

Aquinas had 135 net yards rushing and held Elder to nine yards. The Raiders had 418 offensive yards compared to Elder’s 297.

Among Elder’s offensive leaders was senior wide receiver Josh Jones, a Cincinnati recruit, who had seven receptions for 117 yards.

Elder played two quarterbacks – senior Joe Hetzer and junior Mark Miller. The two quarterbacks threw for more than 100 yards each and combined for three passing touchdowns.

Elder (1-1) plays host to Cincinnati Oak Hills (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Pit.

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