Dublin Coffman keeps on winning; Shamrocks beat defending state champion Hilliard Davidson

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Coffman 21, Davidson 14
The state-ranked Dublin Coffman High School football team kept its perfect season alive Friday by beating a long-time rival. The visiting Shamrocks improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the
OCC-Buckeye Division following a 21-14 win against Hilliard Davidson. Coffman broke a 14-14 tie early in the
fourth quarter on its way to the comeback win.


HILLIARD – The state-ranked Dublin Coffman High School football team kept its perfect season alive Friday by beating a long-time rival.

The visiting Shamrocks improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division following a 21-14 win against Hilliard Davidson.

The Shamrocks, which are ranked second in the area coaches poll behind Hilliard Darby and fifth in the state, broke a 14-14 tie early in the fourth quarter on their way to the comeback win.

Zack Stoudt’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner with 8:54 remaining proved to be the decisive score.

Davidson, the defending Division I state champion, had an opportunity to tie or reclaim the lead late in the game after Pat Dougherty recovered a Coffman fumble, as the Wildcats took over at their 34-yard line with 7:12 remaining.

Coffman’s defense, however, stiffened as it took over on downs at its 29 with 2:16 remaining. Scott Stucky turned in the key defensive plays as he knocked away a pair of passes intended for Joey Ciamacco on the Wildcats’ final two offensive plays.

“We didn’t think for a second that this game was going to be easy by any means,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. “Our players and our coaches have way too much respect for Davidson, for the whole program.

“Our players stepped up when they had to and made plays. I’m proud of them because they’re finding a way to win some tough games against good, quality programs. I’m happy for them.”

The Wildcats (5-3, 1-2) struck first as Clay Trubiano scored on a 1-yard TD run with 2:29 left in the first quarter. Trubiano’s 64-yard gain helped set up the score.

Trubiano rushed for 96 yards in the first half and finished with 131 yards on 23 carries.

Davidson’s defense held Coffman off the scoreboard until late in the half when Stoudt directed an impressive 14-play, 76-yard scoring drive in 2:37. Faced with 2nd-and-goal and no timeouts at the Davidson 13, Stoudt hit Trey Fairchild for the game-tying TD with two seconds remaining.

The Shamrocks grabbed their first lead of the game on their opening possession of the second half as Fairchild scored on a 3-yard run with 7:41 remaining in the third quarter. Stoudt’s 16-yard strike to Brook Minda helped set up the go-ahead score.

The hosts took advantage of a muffed punt by Fairchild deep in Coffman territory to tie the game late in the third quarter. After Blake Brandts recovered the loose ball, Trubiano scored one play later from three yards away to tie the game at 14-14.

Coffman, however, reclaimed the lead for good on its following possession.

“This is the first time in awhile that we’ve beaten them,” Stoudt said. “We’ve been looking forward to this game since the regional final last year when they beat us (28-20). It gives us a great amount of confidence in ourselves and we’re really excited about it.

“They’re a good football team. Hilliard Davidson is tough. It’s a big rival game. It’s going to be a tough game, but fortunately we came out on top and we did well.”

Coffman will return to action on Friday when its visits Reynoldsburg (2-1, 3-5).

The Wildcats will look to bounce back on Friday when they visit Westerville North (0-3, 1-7).

“I’m real proud of the defense,” Davidson coach Brian White said. “I thought the defense gave a tremendous effort tonight. Offensively, play calling – which is me – we’re just not making plays. We have opportunities to make plays on offense and we don’t do it, and then I make a bad play call. We can’t beat this team scoring 14 points; they’re too good.

“Whether it’s our inexperience up front on the offensive line or our inexperience maybe in our backfield, we’re just not making the plays necessary on offense to win against good teams like Darby, Upper Arlington and Coffman. We have three losses now, but I feel like we’ve loss to three pretty good teams. Nobody remembers how close you are. Who cares how close you are. We’ve been fairly close in a couple of those games, but close doesn’t count.”

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