By Kyle Seyfried
LIBERTY TWP., Ohio – Colerain was able to cap off another undefeated regular season as the Cardinals defeated Oak Hills, 29-17 at Maher Field on Friday.
Both teams got out to slow starts to as each team fumbled on their opening drives. The Oak Hills defense stood strong in the first quarter, and the Highlanders were able to get ahead early as Kevin Rockwood kicked a 32-yard field goal.
Colerain began to gain some momentum in the second quarter with its running game but the Oak Hills stopped the Cardinals on fourth and goal.
That stop led to a safety by Division I recruit Tegray Scales. This helped spark the Cardinals’ offense, as DeTuan Smith-Moore ran in the first touchdown from 16 yards out.
“Everybody played their role and I love my guys.” Smith-Moore said.
Colerain made another late drive before the half, but missed the field goal as time expired.
Colerain dominated the beginning of the second half, capping off the opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kelvin Cook, giving the Cardinals 16-3 lead.
The next drive for Colerain would be stopped by the Oak Hills defense to force a punt, which was muffed. Tegray Scales recovered the ball for the Cardinals, putting them in prime position on its next possession.
A few plays later star running back DeTuan Smith Moore ran in his second touchdown from three yards out.
A few possessions later, Colerain defensive back Hosea Murphy intercepted a pass by senior quarterback Matt Elliot, setting up a 40-yard touchdown run by DeTuan Smith-Moore on the next play for his third touchdown of the night.
Smith-Moore finished with over 100 yards on the ground and was named player of the game.