Coletrain06 Posted August 30, 2017 Report Share Posted August 30, 2017 St. Xavier (1-0) @ Colerain (0-1) - Colerain 17 St. X 14 St. X beat Hinsdale Central IL last week. After falling behind 7-0 almost immediately, St. X rallied to win 43-14. Not sure how much to take from this game. Colerain was in a defensive slugfest with La Salle. After losing their starting QB Leyendecker to injury in the 2nd half, the offense was shuffled around a bit and began to move the ball with DSM2 in at QB. After a couple turnovers, a dropped TD pass, and a no-call pass interference, Colerain managed 3 pts, but ultimately lost 7-3. Both defenses looked fantastic, and both offenses need some work. Colerain vs. X is here again. A local Neighborhood rivalry that has become one of the best in the country. 3 of the last 4 matchups have gone to OT.Since 2005 they have played each other every single year for a total of 18 times. Since 2000, St. X leads the rivalry 10-9. St. X's miraculous 2016 playoff run began against an undefeated Colerain team whom was beating X late in the 3rd qtr 23-7, when a blocked punt TD recovery suddenly gave X new life. It was a game that Colerain had no business losing, and probably cost them a state title....and that will certainly weigh heavy on Colerain's mind as they look to avenge that loss. It's no secret that St. X has been the best team at stopping the Colerain option run game. It's also no secret that Colerain has had alot of recent success against St. X due to mixing in a spread option and passing game.....I think this is why Bolden has stuck with Leyendecker at QB for so long, but I think Colerain needs to move on from Leyendecker at QB and let DSM2 take the reins. With the way the Colerain option looked against La Salle, I don't see Colerain scoring much against St. X's D. On the other hand, Colerain's D saw X QB WOlf + WR corp 2x's last year, and did an amazing shutting them down. Most all of X's offensive success came from a mobile QB (Sean Clifford) scrambling. Wolf is more of pocket passer and not as mobile, and Colerain's D front is very good again, so it should be an interesting matchup. The last factor that could play a big role in this game......The game is at "The Cage." Statistically, Colerain has to have one of, if not thee, biggest home field advantages in HSFB. Since 1999 Colerain is 86-2 at home, including 11-1 against the GCL. Their 2 losses were in 2011 to St. X(17-14) and in 2014 to Trinity KY(35-26). Colerain has won the last 3 at home vs X. As an analyst, I would pick St. X. As a fan, I pick Colerain. St. Ignatius (1-0) @ Mentor (1-0) - Iggy 28 Mentor 27 Iggy got a very nice win beating Hoban 17-3 last week. Both team's defenses shined, while the offenses were a little shaky. Mentor destroyed Massillon last week 49-14. This is a very hard game to predict. Massillon sucks this year, so it's hard to tell how good Mentor may be. Tatarunas is back at QB, and Mentor's potent offense could be back. Mentor's problem has always been Defense. Iggy struggled a bit on offense, so this could make for a good matchup. We'll see if Mentor is back to contender status. Moeller (1-0) @ Trinity KY (2-0) Trinity KY 35 Moeller 17 Moeller destroyed Hamilton last week 42-7. I was disappointed it was so lopsided because I thought Hamilton was turning a corner. Not much to take from this game. Trinity had a huge win over Warren Central 42-41. It's the 2nd Indiana power they've knocked off in as many weeks. Trinity had a lot of succes running the ball, especially with Mcguire whom accounted for 5 TD's. Warren Central was able to answer Trinity's scores, but fell short when they attempted a go-ahead 2 pt. conversion, that was jut short of the goal line. I'm glad Trinity is playing Moeller again. Moeller always plays Trinity tough. Moeller has a very nice mobile QB McBride. He should give trinity some trouble. Moe also has good size, per usual. I think Trinity's D front could be the difference. Not sure how good of a passer McBride is. Also a big factor in this is the possible injuries of Moe's 2 best players, LB Hawkins, and OL Carpenter, whom didn't play in week 1. If they don't play, Trinity wins by a couple scores. Canton McKinley (1-0) vs. Wayne Hills NJ - Mckinley 35 Wayne Hills 21 McKinley has been getting some attention this season. They played basically even with Iggy and Ed's in scrimmages. How much that means...I don't know. They got a solid win vs Warren Harding last week 26-7. I know very little about Wayne Hills. I believe they won a state title last year and have a good history McKinley is still a wait and see this season. I doubt Wayne Hills would be able to hang with an Iggy or Eds. If McKinley is the real deal, they should take this one. Pickerington Central (1-0) vs. Indianapolis Cathedral IN (0-2) Pick Central 42 Cathedral 24 Pickerington Central had a big win, knocking off Cass Tech MI 24-21. Pick Central got off to a good start, going up 14-0, but Cass Tech came back and took the lead. Cass tech looked to have the game wrapped up, but a devastating fumble and penatlies enabled Pick Central to get the win. Cathedral lost another close game to Detroit King MI 38-35. Cathedral with an 0-2 start after losing to St. X KY last week will be looking to get a win. I think Pickerington Central is the real deal this year. They've always done well OOS, but have sometimes been guilty of dropping a game they had no business losing. This is a game Pick Central must win to prove they are legit. Wayne (0-1) @ Olentangy Liberty (1-0) Wayne 17 OLiberty 14 Wayne was destroyed and demoralized by a very good Pine-Richland team last week, losing 41-0. Wayne could not stop Jurkovec, and Wayne's OLine really struggled. Olentangy Liberty is coming off a very good season last year that saw them make it to the semifinals undefeated before losing by a score to Iggy. They lost their star player, but they should still have some solid pieces. They beat a Canadian team last week 49-14. Wayne still has some good talent....but it seems the lack of big time transfers has brought Wayne down from their teams of the past couple of years. This is a big game that Wayne will really need after that beatdown. I think Wayne rebounds. Whitmer (1-0) @ Novi Catholic Central MI (1-0) - Whitmer 27 Novi CC 21 Whitmer beat a usually decent GlenOak team 38-24 last week. I've heard talk that Whitmer may be the team to come out of the crappy Region 2. Novi CC had a great season last year before their QB went down. They won their game last week 36-0. This should be a good game. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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