Super 25 Preseason Football: No. 7 Colerain (Cincinnati)

Super 25 Preseason Football: No. 7 Colerain (Cincinnati)

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Super 25 Preseason Football: No. 7 Colerain (Cincinnati)

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Amir Riep leads Colerain Photo: Tony Tribble, Cincinnati.com

Amir Riep leads Colerain (Photo: Tony Tribble, Cincinnati.com)

7. COLERAIN

Location: Cincinnati

2015 record: 12-2

2015 Final Super 25 ranking: Unranked

The Cardinals were state semifinalists and return 13 starters, including seven all-conference players.

The defense is particularly strong, led by CB Amir Riep (seven interceptions), who recently committed to Ohio State; and senior LB Kyle Bolden (93 tackles) and junior LB Dan Bolden (107 tackles). Kyle is the son of coach Tom Bolden and Dan is his nephew.

Other key defensive players include: DL Howard Watkins (6-5, 290), who was first team all-conference; DB Darrian Beavers, who was first-team all-conference; senior DB Keontae Jones (80 tackles, four interceptions); and senior LB Ryan Davis, who is a two-year starter.

Senior RB Monalo Caldwell (1,343 yards and 18 TDs) is a three-year starter and junior Gunnar Leyendecker, who had 784 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns (nine rushing, three receiving) last year, moves to quarterback.

An inexperienced offensive line and a tough schedule that includes Warren Central (Indianapolis), La Salle (Cincinnati) and St. Xavier (Cincinnati) are the only question marks.

SCHEDULE:

8/27 vs. Warren Central (Indianapolis)
9/2 at St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
9/9 vs. La Salle (Cincinnati)
9/16 at Princeton (Cincinnati)
9/22 vs. Sycamore (Cincinnati)
9/30 vs. Mason (Mason, Ohio)
10/7 at Middletown (Middletown, Ohio)
10/14 vs. Fairfield (Fairfield, Ohio)
10/21 at Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
10/28 vs. Oak Hills (Cincinnati)

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