Operation “Red Swarm” Defense. A talented RB converted to a promising
QB. A FULLBACK dashing for 226 yards. A little soccer-style place kicker
with a big leg. Must not forget “The Cage”. It all added up to an ugly,
one-sided beat down on MVPHD’s Game of the Week.
Video by Alex Sator
By Tim Langevin
Operation “Red Swarm” Defense. A talented RB converted to a promising QB. A FULLBACK dashing for 226 yards. A little soccer-style place kicker with a big leg. Must not forget “The Cage”. It all added up to an ugly, one-sided beat down on MVPHD’s Game of the Week.
Division 6A Ryle (KY) received a nasty taste of Ohio high school football. Colerain, screaming with confidence following impressive win over Cocoa (FL) last Saturday on ESPN, responded big time with a 37-0 win against the boys from Union, Kentucky, Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Colerain has won 63 straight home games over a 12-year period. The Cardinals last home loss was week 10 of the 1999 season. That borders Concord De La Salle’s (CA) famed 151-game win streak from 1992-2003. No doubt, “The Cage” is an overwhelming atmosphere to visit.
However, that streak will be tested September 9 against St. Xavier, a team that defeated Colerain 24-23 in the D-I regional semi-finals last year.
Colerain head coach Tom Bolden talked about next week’s titanic clash with a gleam in his eyes, “Colerain against St. X. It doesn’t get any better. Another instant classic. We love it. Our fans love it. They love it. Their fans love it. Great for high school football.”
It was gloom and doom from the start for the Ryle Raiders. Standout senior RB Travis Elliott injured his knee on the opening series and is out indefinitely. Elliott rushed for 356 yards the first two games and needs 1,956 yards this season to break Shaun Alexander’s Northern Kentucky record of 6,662 career yards.
It was a magical start for Colerain. The first play of the drive, BOOM BABY. FB Jackson Sorn bolted up the middle, then skirted the edge for a 62-yard TD run. Kevin Walker converted the extra point and the Cards led 7-0 with 9:05 left in the first quarter. That one play took :12 seconds.
Colerain scored again on a 24-yard dash by RB Chris Davis to expand the margin 14-0 with 5:18 left. The drive covered 52 yards in three plays and took :44 seconds. The romp was on.
Davis finished the game with 47 yards on seven carries.
“After last week’s win, sure I was concerned about a let down, but I was more nervous about two less days of practice,” coach Bolden said. “We kept our focus all week and this was a big win for us because it was Kentucky vs Ohio and we wanted to show them how we in Ohio play.”
The second quarter was dominated by the “Red Swarm” defense. Ryle was held in check with seven yards of total offense and zero first downs. The front four, led by senior DT Trae Clark (6’4, 340) recorded two sacks for minus five yards. Clark is being heavily recruited by Big 10 and SEC schools.
Another stud, Michigan signee Joe Bolden (6’3, 230) recorded four tackes in about two quarters of action. He also punted twice for a 39-yard average. Last week against Cocoa, Bolden had eight tackles and four sacks.
The nephew of coach Bolden talked about his future plans, “I plan to graduate early so I can start at Michigan in January. I want to be elgible for Spring football. Need to get work done in the classroom and the weight room. Wherever they need me, I’ll play.”
Bolden owns a 3.7 GPA, runs a 4.6 40, and benches over 300 pounds. Now that’s a QB’s worst nightmare.
Coach Bolden talked about Colerain’s defensive history, “Our motto for a long time has been ‘Run fast, hit hard’. After that, rally to the ball. We follow that, we will win a lot of games.”
That motto, evidently, has sunk in with the defensive players. Senior LB Jake Blust said, “We are looking strong and fast. Everything is starting to click. I think this defense can be as good as any unit to have played at Colerain.”
So far, so good. The defense has allowed 10.1 points per game the last 14 games.
The Cards stretched the halftime lead 24-0 on a six-yard TD pass from QB Alfred Ramsby to WR Ben Scherrer and a 43-yard field goal by Kevin Walker. Walker had four PATs, a field goal, and habitually placed his kick-offs in the endzone.
“Walker had surgery this Spring and we didn’t expect him back until mid-season,” Bolden said. “He is an All-City soccer player and he will be a D-I kicker in college in the future.”
Ramsby, making his second start at QB, passed for 25 yards and a TD and rushed for 57 yards. Not bad considering he played RB at Lakota West last season as a sophomore with 427 rushing yards and four TDs.
Ramsby said, “I am having a lot of fun this year. I transferred to Colerain because of the coaches. And because I was on a team that went 3-7…Each week I’m more comfortable at my new position. In practice, we run the option over and over. I’m getting better with my reads.”
Bolden is pleased with Ramsby’s progression, “He is a great kid. When asked to play quarterback, he was all in. Totally selfless. His timing is sometimes off, but he is getting better. He is strong, super athletic, and adds a new dimension to our offense. He has that wiggle when he runs.”
Colerain’s DB Andre Jones picked off QB Nathan Davis’ pass and returned it 35 yards for the score to hike the lead 31-0 with 10:31 left in the third quarter. The 6’2, 195-pound senior has signed with the UC Bearcats.
Another player with that “wiggle” when he runs the ball is Sorn. Playing FB this year, Sorn runs like a TB. The junior standout scored another TD in the third quarter on a 59-yard run to make it 37-0. He finished the evening with 226 yards on nine carries and two scores. That’s an insane 25.1 yards per carry. After two games, Sorn has rushed for 298 yards on 23 carries and four TDs.
Coach Bolden said, “The kid has great speed and vision. He is somewhat undersized for fullback, but makes up for it with that wiggle…All our kids do whatever we ask of them. The backs and receivers know that blocking comes first and then the touches second.”
It was evident the Raiders missed Elliott. Ryle QB Nathan Davis completed 6-of-19 passes for 33 yards and two interceptions. He rushed for 46 yards on 18 carries.
The Raiders entered this contest averaging 42 points per game. This night they mustered 138 total yards.
The Cardinals amassed 393 total yards and 12 first downs. They converted 5-of-10 third down attempts.
Ryle drops to 2-1 on the season and host another Ohio team September 16 in Columbus DeSales.
Colerain improves to 2-0 and awaits St. Xavier.
Coach Bolden told reporters during the pre-season, “Our goal is to win 15 games.” That equates to a state championship. That’s two down with 13 to go. This team has the mindset and moxy to pull it off. Too bad the Cardinals can’t play the rest of the season at “The Cage”.