The playoffs await the Colerain football team in November. That’s a given.
But, on a warm late October night at Cardinal Stadium, Colerain – projected to be the No. 1 seed in Division I, Region 2 – had plenty of reason to celebrate its consistent success in the Greater Miami Conference.
The Cardinals defeated visiting Hamilton, 42-8, Thursday night in a game that was televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Colerain (8-1, 6-0 GMC) captured at least a share of the GMC title with the win Thursday night. The Cardinals have won outright or shared the GMC title for 16 consecutive seasons.
“The kids work hard – they deserve it,” Colerain coach Tom Bolden said. We coach them hard. We don’t hide from any of that stuff. Those are all goals that we have. We are never going to hide from it.”
Colerain, ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, has won 51 consecutive GMC games. The Cardinals won their sixth consecutive game this season on Thursday night.
Colerain left little doubt in the first half on Senior Night. The Cardinals led 42-0 at halftime.
Senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones scored two touchdowns in the first half – including a nifty highlight-reel 49-yard touchdown run with 1:21 left in the second quarter. That score completed a 4-play, 99-yard drive that took 44 seconds.
Jones also scored on a 21-yard keeper in the first quarter. He had nine carries for 139 net rushing yards in the first half.
Jones, an Enquirer player of the year candidate, went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season on Thursday night.
Colerain junior fullback Monalo Caldwell had two touchdown carries in the first half, including a 24-yard score in the second quarter. He had seven carries for 60 yards in the first half.
Colerain senior Zach Johnson also scored two touchdowns in the first half – a 35-yard run and a 6-yard reception from Jones. He had 56 net yards rushing and 55 net yards receiving.
The Colerain defense limited Hamilton to 81 net yards rushing. Colerain junior defensive back Amir Riep had a game-high eight tackles. He also had two interceptions.
“I’m just out here trying to have fun and trying to help the team,” Riep said.
Senior linebacker Darryll Gardner had seven tackles, including a half-sack.
Junior linebacker Kyle Bolden, who had six tackles, including a sack, said the GMC titles over the years are very significant.
“It shows that we are still on top,” Kyle Bolden said. “Each team tries to chip at us. But, it’s us. We are not going down. It just shows the tradition here is phenomenal because we expect to win that.”
Hamilton coach Chad Murphy said he knew what his squad was up against earlier this week.
Hamilton (4-5, 3-3 GMC) had an opportunity on its first possession when it went into Colerain territory but the Big Blue turned it over on downs.
Hamilton scored in the fourth quarter when junior Eric Jackson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and junior Vince Sanford ran in the two-point conversion.
Hamilton senior wide receiver A’Shon Riggins (Indiana commit) had five receptions for a game-high 92 yards.
Hamilton plays host to Fairfield in the regular-season finale Oct. 30.
Colerain, No. 1 in The Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, is ranked No. 9 nationally by the USA Today Super 25 Computer Rankings.
The Cardinals are ranked No. 21 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 (editorial) rankings. Colerain is No. 15 nationally in the MaxPreps Freeman (computer) Rankings. The Cardinals are No. 3 in the MaxPreps Regional Midwest Computer Rankings.
Colerain plays at Oak Hills Oct. 30 in the regular-season finale.
C-Deshaunte Jones 21 run (Dinevski kick)
C-Caldwell 7 run (Dinevski kick)
C-Caldwell 24 run (Dinevski kick)
C-Johnson 35 run (Dinevski kick)
C-Johnson 6 pass from Deshaunte Jones (Dinevski kick)
C-Deshaunte Jones 49 run (Dinevski kick)
H-Jackson 3 run (Sanford kick)
Records: C 8-1, 6-0 GMC; H 4-5, 3-3