Saturday, November 06, 1999

Oak Hills (7-3) vs. Elder (8-1)

Tonight's playoff preview

        • When: 7 tonight.

        • Where: Elder Stadium, 3800 Vincent Ave., Price Hill.

        • Tickets: Sold out.

        • Regular Season: Elder eked out a 16-15 victory last week. Tom DeFranco kicked a 29-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining.

        • Playoff History: Elder will make a sixth playoff appearance and brings a 4-4 postseason record. The Panthers' last appearance was in 1996. Oak Hills has never been in the playoffs, although veteran coach Steve Sheehan guided the CAPE football team to two state titles and six appearances.

        • Credentials: It was the Oak Hills defense that kept the Highlanders in the first game, holding Elder tailback Kyle Koester to 84 yards on 21 carries.

        The Highlanders defenders must repeat that effort but also must contain Elder quarterback Collin Carey. He threw for 398 yards, completing 19 of 39 passes.

        • Key Players: Oak Hills: Quarterback Rik Menchen is the heart and soul of a Highlanders offense that generated nearly 300 yards against Elder last week. But Menchen can't do it alone.

        Elder: Although Koester is one of Cincinnati's leading rushers with 1,153 yards on 193 carries, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior has been held to fewer than 100 yards the past two games. Carey has responded (96-of-159 passing for 1,681 yards), but the Panthers needed a balanced attack to move on in the playoffs.

        • Key Statistics: Elder is an offensive machine, racking up 309 points in nine games (34.3 average). Oak Hills has averaged 28.5 points. It could come down to defense, with Elder giving up 9.9 points a game and Oak Hills 17.7.

        • If Oak Hills wins: It would give the Highlanders their first victory over Elder in 10 years.

        • If Elder wins: It will set up a game with Centerville next week. The last time the teams met was in the 1996 playoffs. Centerville won.


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