Cincinnati Round-Up: Colerain runs by Princeton

The GMC Champs left no doubt in this first round matchup. A rematch of the Week 6 game in which the Cards won 23-14 at Cardinal Stadium. The Vikings were no match for the kings of the league.

The first quarter was a solid back and forth, with scores for Hamza Abdul-Waheed and Thomas Boyd. After that, Colerain flexed their muscles on defense and continued to pound the rock. Jaylyn Thomas, who was a big factor in the first meeting, was a great yet again. He finished with 87 yards and two touchdowns.

Colerain’s main superstar Deshawn Pace showed his versatility yet again in a big game. The Cincinnati commit carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, he had two INTs. Another he factor was the turnover battle. Princeton turned the ball over three time’s total, and against a cerebral team like Colerain, that is asking for a loss.

The Cardinals now extend their first-round playoff winning streak. They will play Fairfield for the second time in three weeks, in a rematch of the OT thriller that Colerain won 16-10 to secure its 20th consecutive GMC title.

Fairfield 37, Hamilton 13
The Indians didn’t have superstar running back Jutahn McClain in this matchup due to injury, and it showed at the beginning of this game. The first half was all Hamilton, as they dominated time of possession 23-9. They also ran for 122 yards before half, on a Fairfield team that was number one in the GMC in rushing defense, allowing only 90 a game.

The tides quickly turned and the Indians took complete control in the second half. Jayden Mayes stepped up big time with Fairfield’s best player out. He rushed for 88 yards and a score, and defensively took back a 52 yard INT for another touchdown.

Quarterback Sawiha Ellis only threw the ball eight times, but he made the most of them, throwing three touchdowns. The Indians get their rematch with Colerain next week in the second round.

La Salle 42, Little Miami 0
Here is a playoff matchup that many thought could get interesting, but ended up being a bloodbath by the end of the first quarter. Little Miami turned the ball over three times, and the Lancers scored on each of them.

Going into the second quarter, Little Miami was outgained 177-38, had one first down to La Salle’s 9, and it was all but wrapped up. By halftime, the score shot up to 42-0.

The second half was played very quickly, as the running clock was in full force. Cam Porter, who was recently named Co- Offensive Player of the Year in the GCL South, was a scoring machine again tonight. He accounted for three touchdowns in his limited time playing. The Lancers are playing as well as anyone right now, which is a scary sight moving forward for their division II counterparts.

Ross 46, Badin 14
This playoff matchup was nothing like the Week 1 thriller, in which Ross won 20-19 in OT. Tonight, Badin was winning 26-0 by the end of the first quarter. Ross couldn’t get the run game generated, which is a recipe for disaster by a team that has no backup plan.

Alex Delong had a great game for Badin, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Signal Caller Zack Switzer went 7-of-9 with 68 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Hagemann was on the receiving end of those scoring plays, as he finished with seven receptions, 68 yards to go along with it.

Ross turned the ball over two times and generated less than 160 yards of total offense. Mehki Bouldin and C.J. Boze had the only scores for the Rams.

Here are some other scores from Cincinnati playoff action:

Division I – Region 4
St. Xavier 48, Mason 20 (RECAP)
Elder 42, Lakota West 14 (RECAP)

Division II – Region 8
Columbus St. Francis DeSales 27, Turpin 13
Harrison 24, Canal Winchester 18

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