CINCINNATI – Colerain ran the triple option to perfection most of Friday, and with options like DeTuan Smith-Moore and Kelvin Cook it’s hard to go wrong.
The Cardinals dominated Vista Park (Fla.), 45-27 in the Crosstown Showdown at Nippert Stadium.
Under the center for the first time at Colerain was Kelvin Cook, and looked like a veteran there as he went for 5- and 7-yard touchdown runs to start the scoring. After that he predominantly handed the ball off.
“I do think we wore them down by the end of the game,” said Cook about the Cardinals’ running game.
Senior running back DeTuan Smith-Moore did most of the wearing down of the Vista Park defense with his bruising runs up the middle along with his offensive line. He piled up 223 ground yards and two TDs on 26 carries.
“That’s something we stressed all the time over the summer, being in the weight room, and conditioning to be able to go out there and perform at our best,” Smith-Moore said.
Said Colerain coach Tom Bolden: “I tell people (Smith-Moore’s) the best football player around. He’s unbelievable.”
Smith-Moore also played on the defense line last season.
Vista Park did keep the game close with big plays. Senior running back Emmanuel Smith Emmanuel Smith returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown after Colerain had avoided kicking to him the previous times.
“(Smith’s) a phenomenal football player, that kid was so fast he was floating tonight, we weren’t even supposed to kick it anywhere near him,” Bolden said.
Park Vista carried that momentum late into the first half and got to within 15, 28-13 and was driving until the Cobras looked to Smith once too often. Cardinals senior defensive back Ryan Williamson intercepted a pass intended for Smith in the red zone with 14 seconds left in the first half that kept his team ahead by fifteen at the break.
“I just had to stay in my zone, deep middle and watch number one, he’s their main player, but I stayed in my zone waited for the ball and made a play on it,” Williamson said.
The Cardinals would push the advantage to 22 points on Smith-Moore’s second score and coasted the remainder of the game.
“We played really fast, we just had to play fast and hit hard,” Williamson about what his team needed to do to win.
Park Vista heads back to the Sunshine state to take on Palm Beach Gardens next week while the Cardinals host St. Xavier, which won, 34-7 over Ben Davis (Ind.) in its season opener.