Colerain and Princeton meet Thursday in Queen City clash

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Colerain, the No. 1 D-I team in the Power Poll, invades Princeton on Thursday

It’s only the fourth televised Thursday night game of the season in Southwest Ohio, but the Colerain-Princeton matchup is garnering plenty of attention for the abundant talent on each team. Colerain (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the Division I ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, opens its Greater Miami Conference season at Princeton (1-2) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio.


It’s only the fourth televised Thursday night game of the season in Southwest Ohio, but the Colerain-Princeton matchup is garnering plenty of attention for the abundant talent on each team.

Colerain (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the Division I ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, opens its Greater Miami Conference season at Princeton (1-2) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio.

It is the first meeting since Oct. 13, 2006 when Colerain defeated visiting Princeton 44-6.

“Both teams are going to be pumped up because it is the first league game and the GMC title goes through Colerain right now,” Princeton coach Bill Leach said. “Being a TV game makes it a little more exciting for the fans and others, but the kids will be focused on the game.”

The Thursday game will primarily showcase the strong Colerain defense against the high-powered spread offense of Princeton.

Princeton, ranked No. 6 in the Cincinnati Enquirer area coaches’ poll, is coming off a 35-7 win over visiting Glen Este last week. That was before the Vikings lost to Moeller in the season opener and Centerville in Week 2.

“The win over Glen Este was big because we came away healthy and we regained some confidence by playing well,” Leach said.

Princeton, a 2007 playoff team, is considered one of the up-and-coming teams in the GMC.

Junior quarterback Spencer Ware is second in the league with 654 passing yards. Ware, who is 5 feet 11 and 212 pounds, has 131 yards rushing on 34 carries and three touchdowns. Ware has already received college offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Senior wide receiver Jeff Duckworth, a Wisconsin recruit, leads the GMC with 314 yards receiving. He has four touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Jordan Hopgood, who has Division I college offers, has 21 receptions for 299 yards and a touchdown.

Although Colerain coach Tom Bolden said in the preseason his team is inexperienced, the Cardinals certainly haven’t played like that.

Colerain, ranked No. 1 in the Ohio High-ONN Power Poll, defeated reigning state champion St. Xavier 13-8 in the season opener, before it defeated McKeesport (Pa.) 14-7 in overtime and defeated Fort Thomas Highlands (Ky.) 33-18 last Friday.

“Colerain is Colerain,” Leach said. “They are going to play airtight defense and run the triple option down our throat until we show we can stop it.”

Junior quarterback Greg Tabar has 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

In the backfield, sophomore running back Tyler Williams has 29 rushes for 343 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore fullback Trayion Durham has 48 rushes for 294 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, the Cardinals have only allowed 138 yards rushing and 100 yards passing. Senior linebacker Mark Ornella has 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Senior linebacker Colin Lozier has 1.5 sacks and forced fumble. Senior defensive lineman Adam Moser has 1.5 sacks.

Despite Colerain’s resume, Bolden has a great deal of respect for Princeton and the talent it has.

“They’re probably the best 1-2 team out there,” Bolden told the Cincinnati Enquirer this week. “Their team speed is the best we will have seen this year.”

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