After dropping games to Elder each of the past two years, the Colerain Cardinals handed the Panthers their worst loss in five years, winning the FOX19 Friday Prep Rally match-up 44-12.
Colerain (2-0) dominated the game from start to finish and outgained Elder 458 to 273 in total yards, including a 448 to 143-yard advantage on the ground. It marked the 54th consecutive home win for the Cardinals, who last loss at Cardinal Stadium in 1999 to LaSalle.
The game got off to a bad start right out of the gate for Elder (1-1) as they muffed the opening kickoff and started their first drive at their own 4-yard line. A quick three-and-out gave the ball to Colerain.
Within two plays on the ensuing drive the Cardinals found the end zone as senior quarterback Tyler Williams scampered for a 12-yard scoring run to make it 7-0.
The Panthers would answer less than four minutes later on the game's next drive when junior quarterback Ben Gramke connected with Josh Freidel for an 8-yard touchdown pass.
Just when it seemed as if Elder was going to make a game of it, Colerain struck quickly once again as Williams took a 77-yard run to the house on the Cardinals' very next offensive play. Curtis Jester added a third score less than three minutes later on a 60-yard run as Colerain took a 20-6 lead after one quarter.
Gramke would lead the Panthers back down the field on another touchdown drive, finished off by a 12-yard TD pass to Max Mazza. They failed on an attempt for a two-point conversion, but cut the lead to one score at 20-12. It would be the last time Elder put points on the board for the rest of the evening.
Williams ran for a third score, this time from 27 yards out, and Tommy Budke drilled a 35-yard field goal as the first half was winding down and Colerain took a 30-12 lead to the locker room.
Elder's defense came up with a big stop on the opening drive of the second half, forcing the Cardinals to punt. However, on the very first snap the Panthers took on the next drive Gramke was picked off for the first of two times in the game.
Running back Trayion Durham would score on 12-yard run moments later, putting the final nail in Elder's coffin. The starters would mostly sit in the final quarter as Colerain rolled on.
Williams finished the game with 160 yards and three scores on just 12 carries. His only completion in three attempts came on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wright. Durham contributed with 18 carries for 143 yards and a score and Curtis Jester added 110 rushing yards of his own.
Gramke, who played under constant pusher, finished the night by completing 12 of his 18 passes for 143 yards, two touchdowns and was picked off twice. Senior running back Ben Coffaro finished with 130 all-purpose yards on 19 touches in the loss.
Colerain travels to Louisville next week to face DuPont Manual. Elder looks to bounce back as they also head south for a match-up with Louisville Trinity.