Dublin Coffman (7-0) will travel to Hilliard Davidson (6-0) Friday without junior
quarterback Cole Stoudt under center following a broken leg injury last week.
Enter Colton Caldwell.
It’s about what can be expected this time of year – at
For the second straight year, Dublin Coffman and Hilliard
Davidson will meet in Week 8 with both teams undefeated, both teams looking to
wrap-up the conference title and both teams with the potential to solidify the
top-seed in the region for the playoffs.
Coffman lost last year’s tilt 14-10, the first loss of a
three-game slide that kept the Shamrocks out of the playoffs.
“We don’t even talk about it,” Coffman head coach Mark
Crabtree. “We haven’t talked about the league title or the rivalry and that is
how things have been. It’s Week 8 now and we recognize we have really good team
we have to play at their place.”
Coffman (7-0) will travel to Davidson (6-0) without junior
quarterback Cole Stoudt under center and will be without him for the rest of the
season. Stoudt was injured with broken leg just above the knee on the second
series in a 30-7 win over Hilliard Darby last week . He underwent a successful
surgery, in which pins were placed in his leg for stabilization.
Prior to the injury, Stoudt was 92-of-146 passing for 1,155
yards with 16 touchdowns and an interception for an offense that was averaging
46.5 points per game before Week 7.
He already has scholarship offers to Cincinnati and Louisville and it getting interest from all the major college conferences.
“The thing that we’ve talked about is that no matter the
injury or no matter the position, we just talk about the next man,” Crabtree
said. “Whoever that guy is at that position, the expectations are the same and
the team rallies around whoever that individual is going to be at the position.
“It just so happens to be the quarterback position – the
most important position for most teams – and it is certainly like that for us.
We’re not going to downplay the effects of not having Cole in there because he
was starting to come into his own and do some great things. We realize that and
Stepping in for Stoudt is senior Colton Caldwell, who
normally lines up at tight end but has been under center for Coffman plenty in
mop-up duties late in games.
“We have a good quarterback in there now. He doesn’t have
the experience Cole has but he has played quarterback in each and every game and
played quarterback last year for us,” Crabtree said. “He knows what to do and he
knows how to do it but going out there and doing it is a different thing.
“The players have confidence in him and the players have
confidence in his ability and hopefully things aren’t going to change a whole
Coffman didn’t seem to skip a beat last week after Stoudt
went down early in the game.
“I thought he really did a good job last week. Colton came
in and led us to 30 points and did a really good job,” Crabtree said. “Hopefully
with a solid week of practice and getting repetitions, he can build on that and
execute what our offense is supposed to be about.
“He has played in virtually every game this year at
quarterback but the circumstances were much different – he is in there with the
second unit and we’ve been up by a lot in most games by halftime – so the
pressure hasn’t been on him until last week.”
And the pressure will be on Friday night.
“Davidson has established themselves as one of the premier
programs in the area and our players and coaches respect what they’ve done and
you’re talking about a different caliber of team,” said Crabtree.