Cincinnati Colerain Runs Over Tyler Lee

The goal of most defensive teams is to make the opposing offense "one dimensional", but Cincinnati Colerain is fine with being a one dimensional football team. The Cardinals from Colerain ran wild on defensing Texas state champion Tyler Lee's defense with 53 rushing plays that went for a total of 332 yards on the ground, while only attempting one pass. And Colerain won the game handily, 27-12. GBW's Josh Turel was there and bring us this report.

The goal of most defensive teams is to make the opposing offense "one dimensional", but Cincinnati Colerain is fine with being a one dimensional football team. In fact, they like it that way. In Friday night's Kirk Herbstreit Texas vs. Ohio Classic which pitted Tyler Lee High School from Texas against Cincinnati Colerain representing Ohio, Colerain did not accumulate one yard through the air. However, under Coach Kerry Coombs and his triple option attack, the Cardinals from Colerain ran wild on Tyler Lee's defense with 53 rushing plays that went for a total of 332 yards on the ground, while only attempting one pass. Tyler Lee came in with more of a passing attack, throwing the ball 24 times.

The matchup between the two state champions from their respective states started off on a beautiful night for football in front of a 10,500+ crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium. The game started with the defenses stopping both offenses' initial drives. Mid way through the first quarter, Colerain tailback Trammell Williams took an inside run all the way to the house for a 28 yard touchdown, capping an eight play, 50 yard drive. After Tyler Lee was forced to punt, Colerain struck again, this time with quarterback Gary Pride. Pride ran the option to the left side before juking his way across the field and running down the right sideline to a 41 scamper to the end zone. The extra point brought the lead to 14-0 Colerain.

Tyler Lee would respond early in the 2nd quarter when quarterback Preston Hill hit wide out Nathan Tucker for a 62 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked by Colerain linebacker Dante Thompson, bringing the score to 14-6. Colerain would fire back however, paving the way for an eight play, 60 yard drive led by Colerain's massive offensive line which featured Ohio State commitment Connor Smith. Colerain running back Terrence Sherrer scored on a nine yard run to boost Colerain's lead to 21-6. Before the half was over Tyler Lee would cut into the lead again when Preston Hill hit J.Williams for a 40 yard touchdown pass. After a failed two point conversion, the score stood at 21-12. Then Colerain mustered a final eight play, 68 yard drive late in the second quarter and settled for a Matthew Shulte 24 yard field goal as the half ran out, making it 24-12 Colerain.

The second half would showcase Colerain's stout defense. Led by Michigan commit Cobrani Mixon and top prospect Tyler Moeller at linebacker, and J\junior Michigan recruit Eugene Clifford at safety, Colerain would hold Tyler Lee scoreless in the second half. Mixon was stout in the middle while Moeller made plays all over the field, but the biggest impact was from Clifford. Clifford was a tackling machine from his safety position, at one point recording four solo stops in a row and an interception in the third quarter. The only scoring drive of the half came early in the forth quarter on Colerain's eight play, 33 yard drive that was capped by a 32 yard Matthew Shulte field goal. Colerain won the high spirited contest 27-12 in front of a large Colerain fan base. "It's big" said Cobrani Mixon after the victory. "Everybody doubted us, talking about how Texas football is way better than Ohio. I guess we proved that wrong today."

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Key Stats:

Cincinnati Colerain:

Rushing Leaders:
QB Gary Pride: 21 attempts, 130 yards, 1 touchdown, 6.2 avg.
RB Trammell Williams: 16 attempts, 83 yards, 1 touchdown
RB Terrence Sherrer: 8 attempts, 74 yards, 1 touchdown

Passing:
QB Gary Pride: 0-1

Kicking:
Matthew Shulte: 2-2 FG's, 2-2 XP's, 5 punts, 41.4 avg, 65 long

Tyler Lee

Rushing Leaders:
RB Jason Williams: 19 attempts, 88 yards, 4.6 avg

Passing:
Preston Hill: 16 of 24, 2 touchdowns, 2 INT's, 187 yards

Receiving:
Jason Williams: 5 catches for 42 yards
J. Williams: 4 catches for 52 yards, 1 touchdown
Nathan Tucker: 3 catches for 68 yards, 1 touchdown

Kicking:
Preston Hill: 6 punts, 35.8 yards, 43 long

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