Even Lightning Could Not Stop The Colerain Offense

MASON, ohio – Colerain remains undefeated as they roll Mason, 42-7, at Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium a lightning delayed game on Friday night.

Mason did not have an answer for the Cardinals rushing game. Colerain was able to score on its first play of their first two possessions. On the first play from scrimmage Colerain senior running back Syncere Jones scored on a 48-yard rush.

After stopping Mason in six plays, Colerain’s senior J.J. Davis took the handoff 60 yards for the Cardinals second touchdown in as many plays to take a quick 14-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

“We were pretty complete tonight,” said Colerain head coach Tom Bolden. “We had some big plays and got after the ball. It was a great night of football from the Cardinals.”

The Cardinals continued orchestrating the big plays in the first half. On their next possession Colerain drove the ball 87 yards and finished with a 24-yard reception by junior Elijah Ford from senior Deante Smith-Moore to make it a 21-point lead. The offense finished with 368 yards, but 350 of those came in the first half when the starters were still in the game.

“We have some home runs hitters and we do a lot of one-on-one during the week so that really helps us ”, said Bolden.

The game was delayed with 4:08 in the second quarter after the officials noticed lightning in the area. The game was delayed 30 minutes and decided by game administration to use that time as halftime so once the second quarter ended, the game went into the third quarter with only a two-minute delay. This was the first time Bolden ever experienced a game where they removed halftime, but complimented Mason and the officials for the decision.

Senior Ivan Pace only played one half, but finished with two touchdowns and two sacks. The senior back  had 67 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards to go with his two touchdowns. The majority of the Cardinal starters on both sides of the football sat in the second half with a 42-point lead.

“He is the complete package and that is not much he can’t do,” said the Colerain head coach.  “If I needed him to play quarterback, he probably could do that. He is the complete football player.”

In the second quarter, Smith-Jones threw his 12th touchdown on the season when he found senior and Miami University commit Luke Bolden on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Smith-Jones threw only seven passes but three of those were for touchdowns.

The defense was able to hold one of the top GMC offenses to only 62 total yards in the first half. Collin Brown only completed two passes on four attempts and threw an interception. Logan Dalton and Nolan McCormick combined for 43 rushing yards. Dalton finished with 39 yards and a touchdown, and McCormick had eight carries for 44 yards.

Colerain will look to stay undefeated as the Cardinals head to Lakota East next Friday. Lakota East is coming off its win against rival Lakota West. After Lakota East, the Cardinals have Fairfield at home and then Lakota West to end the regular season. Mason will look to bounce back against Middletown.

RECORDS: Colerain (7-0); Mason (5-2)
UP NEXT: Colerain at Lakota East (5-2); Mason at Middletown (1-6)

Colerain 14-28-0-0-42
Mason 0-0-0-7 -7

C: Jones 53 run (Ott kick)
C: Davis: 60 run (Ott kick)
C: Ford 24 pass from Smith-Moore (Ott kick)
C: Pace, Jr. 31 run (Ott kick)
C: Bolden 1 pass from Smith-Moore (Ott kick)
C: Pace, Jr. 29 pass from Smith-Moore (Ott kick)
M: Dalton 14 run (Sipe kick)

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