Dublin Coffman rallies around mourning coach, wins big


Dublin Coffman head coach Mark Crabtree will remember Friday’s win for a long time (Photo by coffmanfootball.com)

Dublin Coffman head coach Mark Crabtree had quite an emotional Friday. Following the funeral of his mother, Crabtree took his team to Groveport-Madison in a battle of unbeatens.

His Shamrocks delivered cruising past Groveport 51-7 to bring home a win for their mourning coach.

GROVEPORT, Ohio – Coffman took a scene from the film
Knute Rockne: All American Friday night against
Groveport-Madison in a battle of unbeaten teams.

The Shamrocks came out
and won “One for the Gipper.”

Coffman rallied around
head coach Mark Crabtree, whose mother Katherine passed away earlier this week,
to bring home a 51-7 road win and remain undefeated.

Funeral services were
held Friday before the game for Katherine Crabtree, 81, who lost her two-year
battle with cancer on Tuesday.

Following the game, an
emotional Crabtree addressed his team.

“We came out slow and
you all battled back in the second quarter and played even harder in the second
half. I am proud of you,” he said fighting back tears.

The team, coaches and
his family applauded him.

“Thank you. I
appreciate it,”” Crabtree said to everyone before the team prayer.

Coffman (5-0) and
Groveport (4-1) were knotted 0-0 after the first quarter but the Shamrocks came
out in the second frame lighting up the scoreboard for 30 points.

“They gave us some
problems early on in the first quarter with their defense and we just settled
down a little bit, made some adjustments and made some plays,” Crabtree said.
“We kind of got our second win there and really did a nice job.”

Coffman junior
quarterback Cole Stoudt had 219 yards passing on 18-of-24 attempts and five

“We knew this was a
really big game so we just came out like it was a championship game and played
all-out tonight. It was great,” he said.

Stoudt was asked if
this win was the best Coffman has played all season.

“Yes,” he said. “And
we’re still improving.”

Coffman continued on
this week as usual despite Crabtree’s loss, according to Stoudt, and he couldn’t
think of a better way to lift Crabtree and the Coffman community’s spirits than
with a dominating win.

“We knew this was a
big game so during practice we had to do everything perfect,” he said. “We had
to keep everyone up and tried our hardest through all of practice to come up out
here with the mindset to do this.”  

Senior receiver E.J.
Williams had eight catches for 123 yards and three scores of 28, 17 and 24 yards.

“Normally our offense
should get going a little quicker but once our defense goes out there and makes
a stand and hits them in the mouth, it gets the offense riled up and ready to go
out there and execute,” said Williams.

The Coffman defense,
which has allowed just 20 points the entire season and has pitched three
shutouts, held Groveport star running back LeVeon Bell in check as he tallied
just 79 yards on 19 carries and a 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter
with the game well out of reach..

Sophomore quarterback
Shane Denny was 10-of-17 passing for a modest 114 yards for the Cruisers.

“I think our defense
is the central part of our team,” Williams said. “When they’re on, everyone on
offense is ready to go. They set the pace every game. I think because of them,
we play well on offense.

“They set the tone.”

But on a grander
scale, the win was due to the integrity of his Coffman team in the face of a
loss, according to Crabtree.

“Our team has a lot of
class and character and they play hard,” he said. “Tonight was because they
played hard and executed what we worked on all week long against a good team.”

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