Monday, August 27, 2007

Now who's that Ohio team Indy plays Saturday?

A little bit about Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder, the team that Independence plays Saturday at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. Kickoff Saturday is at 7:45 p.m. You can see the game at http://www.ohiovsusa.com/ for $7.95.

-- Elder is a private Catholic all boys schools for students in 9th to 12th grade. Tuition is $7,200.

-- Elder's star player is senior tight end Kyle Rudolph, a 6-foot-7, 230 pound senior. Rudolph, also the team's punter, is ranked by many recruiting services as the No. 1 tight end prospect in the country. He's committed to Notre Dame, where he'll be a future teammate of Butler's star defensive back, Robert Blanton, one of the nation's best at his position.

-- Elder won its season opener 21-14 over Lakota West last Saturday at Nippert Stadium. Elder WR Nick Olthaus won the game with a 37-yard reverse for a touchdown with 37 seconds left.

Olthaus got his opportunity after Rudolph was lining up for a punt on 4th and 20 at his own 34. Rudolph saw Lakota West's players not ready on the play and took off to his right for a 29-yard gain.

-- Here's an Elder photo

-- Here are game photos shot by Elder's high school staff from last week's game

-- Here are some videos of Elder from last week's game.

-- Elder's 2006 team was 6-4, outscoring opponents 26-21 on average. The 2005 team was 4-6 and the 2004 team was 7-4. The 2003 team was 14-1 and won the state title.

-- Elder High School plays its home games at The Pit, a 70-plus year old stadium that seats up to 10,000.

So after seeing photos and information about Elder, what do you think? Are they capable of beating Independence? Respond in the comments section below.

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Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've lived in Cincinnati now for two years after 6 years in Charlotte. I've still been following Independence, Butler, and Charlotte Catholic via the web since I've left. Elder is a school with amazing passion and spirit, their games are regularly sold out. They have plenty of talent as do all the big Catholic Cincinnati teams. It seems they aren't quite as strong as they were 4 years ago or so, but with the game in Cincy I give them a slight chance at an upset. Right now St. Xavier is top dog in Cincinnati it is too bad that Indy isn't playing them instead.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Ohio and lived in Cincinnati for over 20 years before moving to Charlotte 2 years ago. Ohio high school football far exceeds NC high school football in size, passion and skills. It will be a good game, but Elder will win.

Anonymous said...

Something from Ohio far better than what you found in Charlotte? Of course it is. Everything but your paycheck, I'm sure.

Please come back after the Big I thrashes your buckeye best.

JAT said...

Halftime. It'll come down to halftime adjustments, emotional and otherwise.

Even assuming the trip puts the zap on the Indy players -- this'll be the first event of the kind they've been to -- and Elder gets out to a first half lead, HS football is about 75% percent emotion.

Knotts will light them up at half if they are underperforming.

Also, the speed Indy has on defense usually stuns teams for several possessions when the Pats are clicking.

30-14 Indy

Anonymous said...

My paycheck is actually no different here in Charlotte, my cost of living is higher, because we are all leaving the Midwest and the Northeast and increasing property values for you all that are natives. Go watch a Division 1 game in Ohio, Indiana. PA or Michigan and you will see a much better game than you see in NC 4A. I agree that Independence has speed, but I saw them play when I first moved here and was not impressed. Most Big Ten schools get their linemen and linebackers from the Midwest and their speed players from the Southeast.

Ohio Prep Football Fan said...

I live in Cincinnati now and all the Prep Football fans in the area are looking forward to the games this weekend. Elder is probably the 4th or 5th best team in Cincinnati which brings them in at 9th-14th in the state. These early season rankings are after a lot of preseason discussion and week one games around the state. Elder plays in a four team league that has won 3 State championships in the last five years, and the top team (Saint Xavier) is currently ranked anywhere from first to fourth in the nation and favored to win their second State Title in 3 years.

My evaluation of the Independence V Elder game is that Elder will try to grind out and keep the tempo of the game slow, but they truly have little chance this year against a national powerhouse. For more discussion feel free to come to the
Ohio football boards: http://www.yappi.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9

Anonymous said...

A couple other tidbits about Elder:
* Enrollment is around 1,100.
* There is no entrance exam needed to attended Elder. Everyone is welcome.
* Elder is basically a neighborhood school with kids coming from a handful of westside Cincinnati neighborhoods.
* Our home stadium The Pit was named one of the 10 best places in the nation to watch high school football by USA Today.
* We have several thousand season ticket holders and generally have a large following when playing at UC.
* Our star player Kyle Rudoplh is also the two-time reigning Greater Catholic League Player of the Year.
* The GCL is considered to be among the top conferences in the nation.

Independence will present one tough task for Elder, but I believe we can win.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say Rudy is the also the two-time GCl Player of the Year in basketball too.