Coletrain06 Posted August 23, 2017 Report Share Posted August 23, 2017 Colerain @ La Salle - Colerain 24 La Salle 21 Colerain has to replace 9 starters on Defense, 4 OLinemen, 1 FB, and 1 WR. Coach Bolden said that in the past he has never wanted to do alot of playing guys both ways, but this year he decided Colerain will be doing quite a bit, because of how talented some of the guys are. At QB, both Gunnar Leyendecker and DSM2 return after splitting time last yearn because of Gunnar's injuries. DSM2 will be the starting FB and backup QB. Gunnar is noticeably bigger and stronger this year. In addition Colerain brings back 2 speedy WB's in JJ Davis and Syncere Jones. Colerain returns a fantastic 3 year starter at WR Ja'von Hicks, and very big & tall TE Eric Phillips. On the OL, Colerain has some good size and talent, and should be much better than last year...........On Defense Colerain returns 4th year LB Dan Bolden and OLB/DE Ivan Pace Jr, and also LB/DE Luke Bolden whom had significant playing time last year. On the DL, Colerain will have good size and Eric Phillips will be playing both ways to use his size and height. In the Secondary Ja'von Hicks, DSM2, and Syncere Jones will be playing both ways. Hicks had a good amount of time playing both ways last year. La Salle had to replace their Coach again in the offseason, making it their 3rd coach in 4 seasons. La Salle brings back QB Griffin Merritt, and some stud LB's. Otherwise I'm not too familiar with their team. In the scrimmages so far Colerain has looked very solid on both offense and defense. They beat Moeller and looked good, especially on the lines, which were a concern. Against Princeton, The Colerain offense took a bit to get going, but then were rolling. Gunnar was a little shaken up on one play and sat the rest of the time. DSM2 moved to QB and Ivan Pace Jr. came in at FB playing both ways. Pace was near untackleable, rushing 4 times for probably 70 yds, and was only tackled 1 time. The Defense, without Dan Bolden, didn't let Princeton cross midfield while the 1's were in...........La Salle scrimmaged Lakota East and Centerville. I can't find anything on the Lakota East scrimmage, though I have heard Lakota East has looked pretty bad. The Centerville scrimmage ended up near even, with people saying La Salle's offense was unimpressive, but their LB's were impressive. This matchup is 2 neighborhood rivals around 5 mins apart playing each other...The game being moved from Nippert Stadium to La Salle is a big deal...The last 2 times Colerain has played at La Salle, its been a shady experience (in 2004, when that highly touted Colerain team came to La Salle, somehow La Salle left their field sprinklers on for like 24 hours prior to the game, resulting in a mud pit. Colerain destroyed them, but the rivalry ended after that game. Then the rivalry picked back up in 2014, and in 2015 when Colerain returned to La Salle, Colerain was famously screwed by the refs.) Surely this will be on Colerain's mind. I think Colerain's DLine will cause some serious problems this year. Eric Phillips and Ivan Pace Jr have looked incredible in the scrimmages so far. I think both teams will have trouble on offense at first. If Colerain uses Ivan Pace Jr at FB, I think Colerain will have a significant advantage. Colerain's new secondary should be tested against La Salle, whom I think will look to test them early. Colerain's defensive weakness is overpursuing a mobile QB. This should be a close matchup with slight advantage to Colerain. Pickerington Central vs. Cass Tech MI - Pickerington Central 21 Cass Tech 20 Pick Central has a very talented roster, returning a lot on both sides of the ball and seem to be the favorite from the Columbus region. I wish I knew more, but there seems to be little trace of any info regarding Columbus area teams. Cass Tech should be down from last year. They should still be loaded with talent, but might not have the massive lines that they had last year. Some Michigan football followers don't think that Cass Tech will win this game. They don't expect Cass Tech to be as talented as they were last year. They say most of the time Cass is able to win by athletic superiority alone, but lack good discipline. They believe an athletic, disciplined, well coached team like Pickerington Central will give Cass lots of trouble. Also Pickerington Central is the only Columbus School that frequently plays top Ohio teams outside of Columbus and they also perform well against OOS teams, with wins over: Goose Creek SC, Oscar Smith VA, and Orange Lutheran CA. Last year I would've picked Cass Tech hands down, but this year I'm going to trust the Michigan folk. Wayne @ Pine-Richland PA - Wayne 34 Pine-Richland 21 Wayne returns some great skill players, and defensive players. They've been very good the last handful of years, and I don't expect that to change.They play great shutdown defense and try to mix it up on offense. I'm not sure if they're as talented as the past couple of years, but I'm sure they'll find someone. Pine-Richland returns top QB Jurkevic(sp?). He's a big Dual threat QB whom is fantastic. Pine-Richland can score, but last year had trouble on defense agaisnt top teams. According to Wayne guys, they've looked solid in their scrimmage against Upper Arlington, but need a lot of work. If Pine-Richland's defense has improved, then I think this is a toss up, otherwise Wayne wins. You won't beat Wayne playing poor defense. They are too fast, athletic, and lights out on D. St. X vs. Hinsdale Central IL @ Princeton High School - St. X 31 Hinsdale Central 14 St. X brings back Wisconsin-bound QB Chase Wolf who played most of last year while Sean Clifford was injured. They also bring back 4 WR's. Their OL should be good, but inexperienced. They bring back a good amount of their defensive front, but will have to replace most of the secondary. X is loaded with Senior leadership. Hinsdale Central competes in 8a in IL and went undefeated befor getting bounced in the playoffs last year. They return a decent amount of players. Other than that, I know next to nothing about them. So far X has been pretty solid in scrimmages, and Hinsdale hasn't scrimmaged. This should play a huge impact in the game. I expect X to pass much more than they run this year, as Wolf is more of a pocket passer. I think X will be too much, and the scrimmages should be an overwhelming advantage. St. Ignatius @ Hoban - Iggy 27 Hoban 20 Iggy lost a heartbreaker last year in the final, but return a good amount of talent. They always have size on their lines, and return RB Bobinski, but word is he may be hurt? I'll hopefully hear more details about the Northern teams from the Northern Ohio posters. Hoban loses some big names, but have plenty of talent waiting in the wings. They move up to D2 this year. Iggy hasn't looked so great on offense in scrimmages. Hoban had some serious talent last year, and could compete with some of the better D1 teams. I don't think this years version of Hoban will be able to hang with the size and depth of Iggy. St. Edward @ McDowell PA - St. Edward 28 McDowell 14 Ed's brings back some good talent, and has a very talented junior and sophomore class with players ready to step in. I have read very little on McDowell. Word is that Ed's has had pretty good line play and big size advantage. Ed's is very dangerous when they have very good Lines. They beat Massillon Washington in a scrimmage 31-0, reportedly because of their size dominance. McDowell is a tough team, but usually a team that the Ohio powers beat. This should be a decent measuring stick for an IMO uderrated Ed's team. Elder vs. Lakota West @ Princeton High School - Elder 28 Lakota West 21 Elder brings back their QB and RB, but their RB is injured and possibly out for the year. From reports, Elder's OLine looks pretty good. Elder's defense will probably be like most Elder defenses....seriously lacking in speed. Their DB's have been an area of concern. Lakota West had an unusually bad year this year, but from scrimmages they appear to be much improved. I haven't read too much about West this year, yet. I think this game will closer than people think. If Lakota West is back to form, I would expect them to challenge Elder. I'm not sure if West's coaching will be able to take advantage of Elder's weaknesses, but if they do, Elder will be in trouble. Gonna have to take Ramsey over Cox in this one. Fairfield vs. Centerville 2 7 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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