Elder tops Colerain on national stage


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Elder defeated visiting Cincinnati Colerain 20-7 in front of more than 10,000
fans at “The Pit” in an historic showdown that was televised on ESPN.

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A national TV
audience certainly witnessed Cincinnati-area football at its best Sunday

Elder defeated visiting Cincinnati Colerain 20-7 in front of more than 10,000
fans at “The Pit” in an historic showdown that was televised on ESPN.

Elder senior
quarterback Mark Miller, who shared honors as the Division I state player of the
year last season, threw for 225 yards on 19 of 27 passing and two touchdowns for
the Panthers (2-0). Elder next plays Louisville Trinity on Friday night.

On Sunday, the
Elder fan base was loud and supportive at the stadium – helping its Panthers on
the field.

Senior running
back Adam Brown rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries. The Panthers were also led by
Ben Coffaro with eight receptions for 91 yards. Senior WR Tim O’Conner, an
Indiana commit, had six receptions for 83 yards.

Elder led 10-7
at halftime, but Coffaro’s 53-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter
sparked the Panthers. Elder scored four plays later as O’Conner caught a 29-yard
pass from Miller to the left side of the end zone to give Elder a 17-7 lead.

Elder’s defense
also stepped up in a significant way. The Panthers forced the Colerain offense
into some difficult situations in the second half.

tackled pretty well, which was big,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey told the Cincinnati
Enquirer. “They had some long runs but they didn’t have that 80-yarder.”

Colerain had
success running the football in the first half, but had to punt twice in the
third quarter. Elder added three more points as senior kicker Tony Miliano added
a 37-yard field to give the Panthers a 20-7 advantage.

On the next
possession, Colerain senior quarterback Greg Tabar broke free for a 20-yard run
on the first play. The Cardinals crossed midfield, but fumbled a snap on third

A fake punt on
fourth down didn’t produce a positive result as the Cardinals had an incomplete

sustained a long drive with under five minutes left, but couldn’t convert a
fourth down opportunity on the 10-yard line with about two minutes left.

Tabar led the
Cardinals with 105 yards rushing. Junior fullback Trayion Durham had 98 yards,
including a first-half touchdown. He scored on a 23-yard run on fourth down with
9:17 left in the second quarter.

Colerain starts
the season with an 0-2 record for the first time since 1985. The Cardinals play
host to DuPont Manual (Ky.) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Cardinals
started the season with two GCL-South opponents – one of the toughest starts in
school history. Colerain lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier 16-0 on Aug. 28.

“They’re great
teams but in the long you can’t make excuses,” Tabar said. “You got to beat them
in order to be at the top of the standings. That’s what we have to do. We have
to move on, we can’t get them back.”

Colerain coach
Tom Bolden said every week from here on out is a playoff week. The Cardinals
would presumably need to win eight consecutive games to be in the postseason
hunt later this fall.

Colerain had
270 yards total, including 246 on the ground. The Cardinals had 25 passing

“We didn’t
execute as well as we needed to for the whole game,” Bolden said. “We executed
where we needed to here and there but it’s got to be a more consistent basis.”

Sunday’s game
was a rematch of the Division I regional final at the University of Cincinnati
last season. Elder won that game 27-20 in double overtime. Elder was the
Division I state runner-up in 2008.


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