Elder Falls To Colerain In Region 2 Semifinals


Posted on 11/22/2015 at 9:52 a.m.

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Junior fullback Monalo Caldwell and senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones combined to rush 38 times for 412 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 1 seed Colerain to a 41-11 victory over Greater Catholic League South Division member Elder in the Division I, Region 2 semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs Saturday night at Mason High School’s Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium.

The victory moves Colerain (12-1) into the regional final, also a state semifinal, against Huber Heights Wayne (13-0), the Division I state-runner-up, at 7 p.m. Saturday at a neutral site to be announced today by the OHSAA.  Wayne defeated Hilliard Davidson, 20-6, in the other Region 2 semifinal Saturday night.  Defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) will face Stow-Munroe Falls (13-0) in the Region 1 final.

Like St. Xavier last week, Elder had difficulty slowing the Cardinals’ high-powered option attack.  Colerain racked up 503 yards against St. Xavier in a 42-14 victory one week earlier, and the Cardinals amassed 504 yards rushing against Elder (9-4) – which entered the game having won four consecutive games.  Caldwell finished with 25 rushes for 222 yards and three TDs, while Jones carried 13 times for 190 yards and two TDs.

Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey led the Panthers in rushing, carrying 14 times for 80 yards and a 15-yard TD with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter that cut the deficit to 20-11.  But Caldwell scored two rushing TDs, and sophomore quarterback Gunnar Leyendecker finished with scoring with an 80-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter as Colerain scored the game’s final 21 points.  Ramsey also completed 13-of-22 passes for 127 yards.

Jones opened the scoring by scampering 80 yards for a TD on the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage.  Leyendecker wound up with two rushes for 91 yards and the 80-yard score for Colerain, which has now won 10 straight games since a 39-36 loss at GCL South member La Salle in week three of the regular season on September 11.  The Cardinals averaged 11.4 yards per rush against Elder.  Colerain has outscored its playoff opponents, 136-32.

Speaking of La Salle, the Lancers will learn today who they will face Friday in the Division II state semifinals.  La Salle (11-2), the defending state champion, has now won eight straight postseason after defeating Kings, 42-7, in the regional final Friday night at Lakota West.  The Division II state semifinals ate set for 7 Friday night.  Hudson, Perrysburg and Massillon Perry also are still alive.