By Tom Ramstetter, Enquirer contributor
Rick Haynes may have more insight into how to defend against the Colerain option offense than any other head coach the Cardinals face, but the fourth-year coach at Lakota East sees a big problem staring at his defense this week.
Lakota East will host Colerain at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Greater Miami Conference opener for both football teams. The Cards are the top-ranked team in the first Associated Press Division I state poll and the latest Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. Lakota East is No. 8 in the Division I area poll.
Colerain senior quarterback Kelvin Cook has already made unbelievable runs a habit in his first three games as the Colerain starter under center. Cook has been so good so soon that even Haynes, the one-time Colerain offensive coordinator, wonders how to stop him.
“We don’t have anybody on our team that can simulate that,” Haynes said.
Cook has rushed for 589 yards on 80 carries for an impressive 7.4 yards per carry thus far and has scored six touchdowns on the ground. The senior took social media by storm with a 95-yard touchdown run Sept. 13 at Louisville Trinity in which he evaded nearly every Trinity defender on the field before sprinting down the left sideline.
Haynes has seen it.
“He had a great run against St. X too where it looks like he’s surrounded by about five or six guys and gets away,” Haynes said. “We’ve seen them all. He’s played really well. I’d be interested to ask (Colerain coach) Tom Bolden if he knew he was going to be that good going into the season because he’s pretty special.”