Coach Mark Crabtree is back for his 10th year at Coffman and 16th season
as a varsity head coach. He has nine returning starters (four offense,
five defense) from last year’s team that dropped a regional final to
Ohio Capital Conference rival Hilliard Davidson 22-7. These Rocks are ready to roll.
2009 Record: 12-1
* Players to Watch – QB Cole Stoudt (6-4, 205, Sr.), DL-OL Brad Carrico (6-5, 275, Sr.), DL Max Phelps (6-5, 220, Sr.), DE Aaron Rodriguez (6-2, 215, Sr.), DB Stacy Woodford (5-10, 165, Sr.).
* Outlook – Coach Mark Crabtree is back for his 10th year at Coffman and 16th season as a varsity head coach. He has nine returning starters (four offense, five defense) from last year’s team.
In 2009, Coffman won its first 12 games before dropping a regional final to Ohio Capital Conference rival and eventual state champion Hilliard Davidson 22-7. (Davidson avenged a 10-7 regular season loss to Coffman with that win.)
“We are pretty optimistic,” said Crabtree, who shared state coach of the year honors last year. “We had a lot of uncertainties last year with 10 seniors starting for the first time. But they came through and did a good job. We are beginning to see some signs that this team will work that hard.”
Carrico has already verbaled to Notre Dame.
“He’s got really good feet,” Crabtree said. “He is a former quarterback turned lineman because of a growth spurt. For his size, he is a really good athlete. He has feet as good as anybody. The good thing about Brad is he is also capable of playing on the other side of the ball. He plays defensive line for us and we hope he can play offensive line as well.”
Stoudt is back for his third year as the starting quarterback, although he missed the last three games last season due to injury. In 16 games over the last two years, Stoudt has thrown for 2,300 yards with 30 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He has a wide range of offers, including Arizona State, Cincinnati, Colorado, South Florida and most of the MAC.
“He has a good command of what we’re doing offensively,” Crabtree said. “He has improved on his leadership skills and has a better feel. He is a year older. There are some things he has to continue to work on. He’ll get better with some of his reads through repetitions.
“I think he will continue to attract attention from colleges. The quarterback position is so important. I just think some schools want to see how he responds as a senior.”
* Schedule – The nonleague schedule is highlighted with a game against Westerville South in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic Sept. 5 at Ohio Stadium. Coffman bested South 21-19 in a regional semifinal game last year.
“It is always special to get a chance to play at Ohio Stadium,” Crabtree said.
In the OCC, Coffman could be the pick to win a divisional title.
“Our division is always difficult,” Coffman said. “It will probably be the usual suspects with us as well as Hilliard Davidson and Upper Arlington.”
Aug. 27, at Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 5, vs. Westerville South (Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic, Ohio Stadium), noon (ESPNU)
Sept. 10, Columbus Brookhaven
Sept. 17, Grove City Central Crossing
Sept. 24, at Galloway Westland
Oct. 1, Thomas Worthington
Oct. 8, at Hilliard Darby
Oct. 15, Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 22, at Worthington Kilbourne
Oct. 29, Upper Arlington