Saturday, August 28, 1999


Fullback runs wild after switch from LB

Enquirer contributor

Oak Hills' Tim Koester is tackled by Colerain's James Battle.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Senior Adam Greber wasn't thrilled making the change from linebacker to fullback, but Friday's performance had him eager for next week.

        In a one-man offensive show, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Greber scored two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards on 14 carries, leading the Cardinals to a 14-6 victory over Oak Hills at Colerain.

        “I played fullback two years ago, but I was happy playing defense,” Greber said. “When coach (Kerry) Coombs made the switch, I decided to go with it.”

        It was Greber's electrifying 61-yard touchdown run with 9:20 remaining in the fourth quarter that proved big, and the Colerain defense stopped two late drives.

        “The offense gets to pick a quarterback, tailback and fullback, and the next 11 fastest players go to the defense,” Coombs said. “We fought over and over for Greber before we got him.”

        On his way to the touchdown, Greber was hit time after time but spun off before breaking away.

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Oak Hills' Nick Paff hops over Colerain defenders.
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        “I've been practicing the spin move the past couple weeks,” Greber said. “Once I got into the open, I kept telling myself not to get caught.”

        Oak Hills coach Steve Sheehan said Greber was the difference.

        “The kid broke four tackles and made a great run,” Sheehan said. “We played a good game, but penalties hurt us. You can't make mistakes in close games like this.”

        Defense was also key, Coombs said. After allowing Oak Hills a first-quarter TD, Colerain didn't allow the Highlanders any closer than the 25-yard line.

        Another factor was Colerain's ability to control the ball in the second half. The Cardinals had the ball 16 of the 24 minutes, running 32 plays to 27 for Oak Hills.

Colerain's Adam W. Greber, followed by Mike Ferris, runs for a touchdown.
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        Colerain had 206 yards rushing and 19 passing, while Oak Hills rushed for 106 yards and had 127 through the air, with quarterback Steve Webb completing 15 of 27 passes.

        Nick Paff, a 5-7, 150-pound tailback for Oak Hills, carried 13 times for 65 yards and caught one pass for 9 yards.

        Oak Hills scored first, in the opening quarter.

        In a 15-play drive that took nearly six minutes, the Highlanders mixed the run with the pass, chewing up 84 yards with junior tailback Jason Paff going in from the 8-yard line for a 6-0 lead.

        The conversion attempt failed.

        Colerain failed to move on the next drive, but the Cardinals defense, challenged by Coombs after the Highlanders touchdown, took control. Taking over on its own 49 with 9:50 remaining before halftime, Colerain scored in 10 plays with Greber taking it in from 10 yards. Adam Young's kick moved Colerain into a 7-6 lead.

        The first-half statistics favored Oak Hills, with the Highlanders rushing for 60 yards on 18 carries and picking 44 yards passing with Webb completing six of 10 passes.

        Greber was Colerain's major threat in the first half, picking up 50 of the Cardinals' 66 yards.

        OAK HILLS ....... 6 0 0 0—6

        COLERAIN ....... 0 7 0 7—14

        O—Paff 8 run (kick wide)

        C—Greber 10 run (Young kick)

        C—Greber 61 run (Young kick)


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