The Oak Hills Highlanders are set to play the Colerain Cardinals in a Greater Miami Conference showdown this Friday night. The Cardinals defeated the Highlanders 40-14 last season on their way to winning their 12th consecutive GMC title and an appearance in the regional semifinals. Colerain is now 8-0 against Oak Hills since the GMC deemed the week 10 game a rivalry each year. If the Cardinals win, they will complete their 12th undefeated season in program history.
The Colerain Cardinals went 10-2 in 2011, losing to St. Xavier 28-15 in the regional semifinals. Senior Alfred Ramsby will lead the Cardinal’s run-heavy offense at quarterback. Ramsby, a dual-threat quarterback, leads the GMC in passing yards will 1,265 yards to go with 12 touchdowns and has carried the ball for over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns. A trio of players will all see carries throughout the game. Senior Chris Davis has rushed for over 300 yards and 6 touchdowns, junior Detuan Smith-Moore has 588 yards and 8 touchdowns and the senior fullback Jackson Sorn has rushed for 543 yards and 4 touchdowns. Senior Dylan Wiseman will man the offensive line and create big opportunities for the running game. The 6’4” 300 pound lineman has committed to play at the University of Cincinnati. Defensively, Dae’shaun Durham will anchor the defensive line. Durham has 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles on the season. Junior Ryan Williamson will play ball-hawk in the Cardinal secondary. Williamson is in 2nd in the GMC in interceptions with 5 on the season. Senior Dejuan Lang will team up with Williamson in the secondary. Lang, Durham and Williamson are the only returning starters for the Cardinal defense. Colerain enters Friday night’s game with a perfect 9-0 record and are ranked #11 nationally according to Rivals.com.
The Oak Hills Highlanders return with a new head coach after a 4-6 season in 2011. Dan Scholz will take over for Kurry Commins at the helm of the Highlander football program. Senior Liam Sallquist will lead the new Highlander offense at quarterback. The triple option offense will see junior Demarco Ruffin get the ball a lot in the backfield. Ruffin rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Heading into the last game of the season, he has rushed for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Junior Matt Elliott will also see carries out of the backfield. Senior Zach Leftenant will anchor the defensive line for the Highlanders, while seniors Cody Herbig and Darien McDowell will patrol the secondary. Oak Hills is 5-4 on the season, the first time the Highlanders have notched more than 4 wins since 2006.
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