Tom Bolden has posted a 29-5 record in three seasons at Colerain, but
the Cardinals missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999 last
year. Don’t fret Colerain faithful, tons of talent and 14 starters are back.
2009 RECORD: 8-2
* Players to Watch – FB Trayion Durham (6-2, 245, Sr.), RB Tyler Williams (5-7, 160, Sr.), MLB Jarrett Grace (6-4, 242, Sr.), CB Chris Dukes (5-10, 180, Sr.), OLB Andrew Smith (6-2, 215, Sr.).
* Outlook – Tom Bolden has posted a 29-5 record in three seasons at Colerain, but the Cardinals missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999 last year. Colerain opened 0-2 after losses to Cincinnati St. Xavier and Cincinnati Elder. The Cardinals then reeled off eight straight wins and took a share of the Greater Miami Conference title. Despite the 8-2 finish, Colerain ended up ninth in the Division I Region 4 computer standings.
“We’re happy with how we ended up last year,” Bolden said. “We played a demanding schedule. We played St. X and Elder the first two weeks and dropped both games and then won the next eight. We’re battle tested. We went into our lifting with a chip on our shoulder and I hope we play with one from the fact we missed the playoffs.”
Bolden has seven starters returning on each side of the ball.
“If our offensive and defensive linemen step up, I think we have a chance to be pretty good,” Bolden said. “We have kids in place to do that. We need them to play like we think they can.”
Colerain has two key pieces of its triple option running game back in the burly Durham (1,113 yards, 14 TDs last year) and the speedy Williams (893 yards, eight TDs). Durham has offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisville and Wisconsin.
“Trayion brings a combination of power and speed,” Bolden said. “He goes 6-2, 245 pounds and runs a 4.6 40. He is a tailback in a fullback’s body.”
Grace has already committed to Notre Dame as a linebacker.
“He is that All-American level kid,” Bolden said. “He’s a 4.0 student, he’s No. 3 in his class, his size is obvious and he has good leadership skills.”
* Schedule – Colerain opens against Clayton Northmont at UC’s Nippert Stadium in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
“We have been in that event since it’s conception and it’s great for the
kids,” Bolden said. “Our kids expect to play in that event. They look
forward to it. You know you will always have a great game to start the
Colerain will also host Elder and visit Louisville (Ky.) DuPont Manual in the nonconference portion of the schedule.
The highlight of the GMC season could be Colerain’s Sept. 24 home game
against West Chester Lakota West. Colerain tied with Lakota West for the
GMC title, each finishing 7-0 without playing one another last year.
“We did not have a chance to play them last year,” Bolden said. “That is
always a great game for us. They always have a lot of talent.”
Aug. 28, vs. Clayton Northmont (at UC’s Nippert Stadium, Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown), 8:15 p.m.
Sept. 3, Cincinnati Elder, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10, at Louisville (Ky.) DuPont Manual, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17, at Fairfield, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24, West Chester Lakota West, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1, at Liberty Twp. Lakota East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14, at Cincinnati Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22, Sycamore, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, Cincinnati Oak Hills, 7:30 p.m.