PIQUA Earlier this week, Coldwater defensive coordinator Mark Bruns said the matchup of the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy offense against a stout Coldwater defensive unit anchored by defensive back/quarterback Brody Hoying might be the most interesting storyline of the game.
Hoying made his plays on the defensive end, but it was his offensive prowess that led the Cavaliers to a 34-3 victory. The Eastern Michigan commit had a hand in four of the team’s five touchdowns.
CHCA struggled to complete drives with touchdowns and struggled with turnovers.
“They are where they are as a program for a lot of reasons,” CHCA head coach Eric Taylor said. “We knew we were going to have our hands full.”
Designed quarterback runs gashed the CHCA defense and set Coldwater up in the red zone. Running back Chris Post scampered in from six yards out to finish off the Cavaliers’ first drive of the game and help grab a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles’ normally high-powered offense dinked and dunked its way into Cavs’ territory. Needing to come away with points, Taylor kept kicker Josh Eckert out on the field even after a false start penalty set up a 52-yarder.
Eckert’s kick was true and cut the lead to 7-3.
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The Cavs came right back and scored to open the second quarter. Hoying, who had been drawing the bulk of the defensive attention drifted to his left, threw across his body and found his target Aaron Harlamert wide-open.
Harlamert won the foot race to the end zone for the 37-yard touchdown to help put the Cavs up 14-3 with 11:14 left in the second quarter.
After CHCA junior quarterback Johnny Noyen fumbled on fourth down in Coldwater’s side of the field, the Cavs took over with just over five minutes left in the half.
They would only need about three minutes to extend their lead to 21-3. Hoying danced his way through tacklers and scored from 15 yards out. Kyle McKibben tacked on the PAT.
Things didn’t get better for CHCA in the second half.
To open the third quarter, Noyen’s pass intended for Adam Baker was intercepted by Post. Fortunately for the Eagles, their defense forced a punt on the Cavs’ opening drive of the second half.
After both teams traded possessions for most of the third quarter, Hoying displayed his athletic ability once again.
Against heavy CHCA pressure, he stepped up in the pocket and then scrambled to his right before finding receiver Derek Thobe for the 33-yard score. The PAT was missed en route to the 27-3 lead with 5:41 left in the third quarter.
On the Eagles’ next drive, Hoying intercepted Noyen to give his team great field postion. It was Noyen’s second pick of the half.
Late in the fourth quarter, Hoying chipped in his final score. After a PAT, Coldwater led 34-3 and put the game into the running clock situation.
Coldwater will play in the Division V state championship later this week.
“They do all the little things right,” Taylor said. “They play the game the right way and probably will go out and win another state championship.”
Despite the loss, CHCA has plenty it can build upon for next season and find solace in the fact that only one other team in program history has made it this far in the state tournament.
“We played hard for four quarters and it’s been an unbelievable year for them. I am proud of our team and proud of our seniors,” Taylor said. “They left a tremendous legacy of leadership, a legacy of work ethic and helped raised the bar for our program.”