The game between the Colerain Cardinals and Ryle Raiders featured two of the top teams from both sides for the river and some of the area's elite playmakers. However, by night's end the game proved to be a route as Colerain crushed the visiting Raiders 37-0 and all that everyone would be talking about was the fact that two of the area's finest running backs suffered significant injuries.
Ryle senior running back Travis Elliott suffered an apparent ACL injury that in likelihood puts a premature ending to a prolific high school football career. Meanwhile, Colerain junior Chris Davis suffered a dislocated knee cap and was set to have an MRI on Friday.
On the field, the Cardinals overmatched the Raiders in all facets. Junior Jackson Sorn finished the night with 226 yards and two scores on just nine carries to lead the attack. Defensively, Colerain (2-0) was invinicible. Linebacker Joe Bolden came up with a fumble recovery and Andre Jones and Ryan Williamson each added an interception as Ryle (2-1) was held to just 138 total yards of offense.
Colerain looks to move to 3-0 as they host St. Xavier to Cardinal Stadium in a highly anticipated matchup next week. Meanwhile, Ryle will look to establish a new identity as they welcome Columbus DeSales to Union in a second straight interstate battle.