Colerain hasn't changed a bit according to Brian Dodds. Dodds, now the coach of the Park Vista Cobras from Lake Worth, Florida, saw enough of the Colerain option while coaching at Princeton High School.
"We were worried about their option," Dodds said after Colerain rushed for 470-yards and five touchdowns in 45-27 Colerain win in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown.
"We don't see a lot of option in Florida. It is very hard to simulate in practice. We tried to score with them but with the talent they have. We just weren't able to do it," Dodds said.
Colerain scored three touchdowns before Park Vista's Emmanuel Smith returned a kickoff 93 yards for its first soore.
Smith provided 198 yards of total offense with three touchdown. The senior ran 41 yards for one score and caught a pass from Qwad Martin that covered 62 yards.
The Cobras traded touchdowns with the Cardinals the rest of the game, never getting to within the one score that Dodds felt would give his team a chance.
"We tried ro score with them," Dodds said. "We wanted to get within one score and put pressure on them to make a mistake. We made two mistakes and they didn't make on all night."
Cook attempted three passes with one completion but that was a 15-yard scoring strike to TJ Dula.
The Cobras struck quickly with the long pass from Martin to Smith, to close to within 28-13, then had a chance in Colerain territory to tighten the game two minutes before halftime.
Ryan Williamson intercepted Martin's pass to stop the Cobras threat.
Cook ran for 169 yards and DeTuan Smith carried 26 times for 223 yards for the Cardinals, making a success of Cook's first varsity start at quarterback. He started at wide receiver last season as a junior.
“I was feeling normal,” Cook said. “Just this being my first game, I had butterflies and everything. Our plan was to get the lead and keep running up the score. They got a couple scores, but the defense played really good."
Senior linebacker Aric Johnson intercepted Park Vista senior quarterback Qwad Martin at the Colerain 15 with 8:19 to play in the fourth quarter to squash a bit of momentum for the Cobras in what was then a 35-20 game.
Park Vista had just moved inside the Colerain 30 after an offisides penalty on the Cards and had a third-and-5 at the 25 when Martin’s pass was tipped near the line of scrimmage. Johnson corralled it and moved to the 28.
Several plays later, senior fullback DeTuan Smith carried through the middle for a two-yard touchdown run to make it 42-20. A late Park Vista touchdown cut the lead to 15 again, but that was as close as the Cobras got.
“I love giving it to DeTuan,” Cook said. “I can trust DeTuan.”