Sunday, August 27, 2000

Colerain 14, Elder 7

QB Jones stars on Showdown stage

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

Colerain coach Kerry Coombs cheers his defense after it recovered a fumble.
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        The Crosstown Showdown is becoming an annual occasion to introduce the latest star quarterback. Last year, it was Elder senior Collin Carey sparkling in his first varsity start. Saturday evening, it was Elder's turn to watch.

        Colerain junior Sean Jones completed 9 of 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown — along with a 2-point conversion. He also gained a crucial few inches that kept the game-winning drive alive.

        That led the Cardinals to a 14-7 upset of Elder, the No.1 team in The Enquirer's coaches poll, in the third game of the Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium.

        “He's a miracle,” Colerain coach Kerry Coombs said. “He's part of what's been a magical week. He came out and played great. He made some mistakes, and he's a little goofy, but he's got a quality about him that the kids respond to.”

Elder's Kyle Koester was held to 93 yards on 22 carries
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        Jones lobbed a 10-yard fade pass to Doug Monaghan in the left side of the end zone to put No.6 Colerain on the scoreboard after Elder had jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Matt Scholl. Sophomore Adam Young was wide right with the PAT, and the score remained 7-6 until late in the fourth quarter.

        Colerain gained possession at the Elder 43-yard line with 9:10 left in the game and worked its way down to the 25, where it faced fourth-and-6. Jones hit junior tight end Joseph Bertram with a 14-yard pass to keep the drive alive.

        Three plays later, Jones again faced a fourth down, this time with less than one yard to go. Earlier, he had fumbled in virtually the same situation. This time, he put his head down and bulled his way to the first down, setting up Jonathon Mohr's 1-yard plunge for the game-winning touchdown.

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        “Being a first-time quarterback, I knew I had big shoes to fill,” Jones said. “I knew I had to take a couple of deep breaths and calm down. After the touchdown pass, I knew I had it.”

        Mohr gained 91 yards on 18 carries, and sophomore Maurice Johnson gained 96 on 13 for the Cardinals.

        “(Elder players) came to a quarterback camp in Michigan with "Colerain (Stinks)' T-shirts, and that really fired us up,” Jones said. “We've been hearing them talk about how Colerain has nothing. We've been working for this for 10 months. We wanted to make a name for ourselves. We put everything we had into this game.”

        Nobody more than senior linebacker James Battle, who was named Colerain's Most Valuable Player. Battle played with a torn ligament in his left knee.

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        Battle and fellow senior linebacker Kevin Sablosky teamed up to force a fumble out of Elder senior running back Kyle Koester on first-and-goal at the 2-yard line in the second quarter. Battle and the Colerain defense limited Koester to 93 yards on 22 carries.

        “We have three returning starters in the defensive secondary, so we decided in the game plan that we were going to commit to stopping the run,” Coombs said. “We said if they were going to beat us, they're going to beat us with the pass.”

        “We just wanted to hit (Koester) hard,” Battle said. “We knew we had to stop their whole game. We had to do everything to stop the No.1 team in the city.”

        Elder ....... 7 0 0 0—7

        Colerain ....... 0 6 0 0—14

        E — Scholl 1 run (Boeing kick)

        C — Monaghan 10 pass from Jones (kick failed)

        C — Mohr 1 run (Mohr pass from Jones) Records: E 0-1, C 1-0.


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