A wind storm took center stage this week for many football teams gearing up for Week 5 around the Cincinnati area. Colerain – the state’s top-ranked team – and Sycamore were no exceptions to the effects after Sunday night. Now the two teams turn their attention – at least as much as they can – to each other as they prepare for Friday’s Greater Miami Conference game.
A wind storm took center stage this week for many football teams gearing up for Week 5 around the Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati Colerain – the state’s top-ranked team – was no exception to the effects after Sunday night.
Colerain coach Tom Bolden said his team practiced Monday, just a day after a severe storm knocked out power to close to an estimated 700,000 customers.
However, assistant coaches had to venture around the locker room with flashlights around 3 p.m. Monday after the school didn’t have power. Bolden said the Colerain stadium had lights Tuesday because it was on a different power grid.
Colerain (4-0, 1-0 Greater Miami Conference) is scheduled to play host to Sycamore (3-1, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bolden, who had to clean up after he had damage to his home, said he tried to keep the focus as sharp as possible leading up to the game.
“(Sycamore) is a definitely a good team,” Bolden said. “We’re dealing with business as usual.”
Colerain, ranked No. 1 in the Ohio High-ONN Power Poll, is going for its 60th consecutive GMC win on Friday.
The Cardinals, which have won 33 consecutive regular-season games, are coming off a 42-27 win over Princeton last Thursday.
The focus for the Cardinals will undoubtedly be on Sycamore senior RB Bud Golden, who is leading the league with 673 rushing yards.
Golden, an Illinois recruit, has been one of the key storylines this season. Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo said Golden has been determined to prove himself this season after he missed time with a nagging hamstring injury in 2007.
Golden rushed for a season-high 352 yards and three touchdowns against Springboro in Week 2. He followed that up with 239 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Roger Bacon.
However, he was limited to 12 yards on 14 yards in a 21-14 loss to visiting Hamilton last week.
Dattilo said his squad was frustrated at the miscues and couldn’t execute like normal offensively.
“We couldn’t get anything going,” Dattilo said. “We have a lot of talent and a good team, but we have to play well.”
Last week marked the first GMC loss for Sycamore since it fell to Princeton 24-14 Sept. 28, 2007.
“They lost to a good team,” Bolden said. “Hamilton put eight, nine or 10 in a box and they went after Golden.”
Bolden said Golden will be a concern this week for the Cardinals’ defense, but he also wants his offense to stay sharp.
Sophomore FB Trayion Durham has rushed for 515 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals. Junior QB Greg Tabar rushed for 49 yards and was 4-of-4 with four touchdowns in the win over Princeton.
“We have to take care of the football,” Bolden said.
Colerain, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press Division I state poll, will meet Sycamore for the first time since 2006.
The storm also impacted Sycamore, which usually has Monday night practices. The Aviators were limited in their film study this week.
Sycamore was off school Wednesday, but Dattilo said he was able to contact his players for practice this week. Despite missing the usual Tuesday film day, Dattilo said it’s no secret as to what Colerain will try to accomplish.
“They are a typical Colerain team,” Dattilo said. “They execute well and you don’t see them breaking down defensively or in their coverage.”
Besides Golden, the Aviators also senior WR-DB Steve Hull, who has committed to Illinois. Hull has 15 receptions for 380 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last week, Hull injured his right shoulder late in the first half and did not return. He will be evaluated Thursday and is questionable for Friday night.
Senior ILB Brandon Hillary has also been a defensive leader. His quickness to the ball has led to four sacks and a forced fumble.
Dattilo said his defense will have to create turnovers in hopes of getting the Cardinals’ offense off the field.
“We have to quick and hopefully throw confusion or uneasiness at them,” Dattilo said.