Colerain High School celebrated the class of 2012 before and after the game, as senior linebacker Joe Bolden rushed for a touchdown and caught another in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a 28-7 win against Lakota East on senior night at Cardinal Stadium Friday.
With a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Bolden scored on a one-yard touchdown run and later on a six-yard pass from senior quarterback Dustin Smith. His touchdowns were his first ever on the varsity level.
“All I know is that we practice, practice and the line got a great push and I wasn’t stopping until I got in the red,” Bolden said of his first touchdown. “It was a unique feeling.”
Bolden, who is committed to the University of Michigan, also led Colerain in tackles with 7.5 and recorded a sack.
“It was a big night for Joe. What a great way for him to go out in his last guaranteed home game,” Colerain head coach Tom Bolden said of his nephew. “It was a special night for him, but it was a special night for all these seniors and not just Joe.”
Bolden’s second touchdown was set up when sophomore running back Detuan Smith reeled off a 72-yard run. Smith finished with a career-high 113 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Senior fullback Jackson Sorn rushed for more than a 100 yards for the third straight game, finishing with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Lakota East head coach Rick Haynes is now 0-2 against Colerain, a team he was assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 1991 to 2006. As a program, Lakota East has lost nine straight to the Cardinals dating back to 1999. Colerain leads the all-time series 11-1.
“They just wore us down in the second half and our defense couldn’t get off the field,” Haynes said. “The fact we couldn’t get off the field doesn’t worry me, what does is that we couldn’t generate any offense.”
It was Lakota East, however, who scored first. The Thunderhawks’ sophomore quarterback, Eric Eichler, set up the game’s first touchdown with a 42-yard scramble. Two plays later, sophomore fullback Mikel Horton punched it in the endzone with a two-yard run.
Colerain didn’t answer until late in the second quarter. After the Cardinals’ defense set up great field position, Sorn was able to cap off a five-play 35-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
To close the half, Eichler launched his first pass of the ballgame from mid-field and was intercepted by Colerain senior cornerback Andre Jones. Jones, who is committed to the University of Cincinnati, gave Lakota East a scare – returning the ball 55 yards until junior offensive lineman Zach Daniel made a touchdown-saving tackle.
With the win, Colerain improves to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Greater Miami Conference. Lakota East, meanwhile, falls to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the GMC.
L– Horton 2-yard run (Martin kick) – 4:55 left in 1st quarter
C– Sorn 1-yard run (Kevin Walker kick) – 1:04 left in 2nd quarter
C– Sorn 3-yard run (Walker kick) – 7:20 left in 3rd quarter
C– Bolden 1-yard run (Walker kick) – 11:56 left in 4th quarter
C– Bolden 6-yard pass from Smith (Walker kick) – 8:41 left in 4th quarter
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