Early on last Friday, it appeared the Thomas Worthington High School football team was poised to give Dublin Coffman a close game.

Colin Carter intercepted Coffman quarterback Cole Stoudt on the opening possession, and moments later Jake Szabo converted a 39-yard field goal attempt to put Thomas in front 3-0.
For the next 44 minutes, however, the upset bid was emphatically denied.

Coffman scored 49 consecutive points, including 35 in the second quarter, as it rolled to a 49-6 win in front of the homecoming crowd. Coffman improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central Division, and Thomas dropped to 0-6 and 0-2.

Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said he was impressed by the way his team answered after the sluggish start.

"From that point on, I liked how our players responded," he said. "They did what we had talked about, which was cutting down on mental errors and really playing at our top level."

The Shamrocks dominated the game largely because of field position and didn't have any standout individual offensive performances. They forced three turnovers and limited the Cardinals to 134 total yards, and they were efficient on offense, scoring touchdowns on six consecutive possessions after the Stoudt interception.

Stoudt finished 9-for-13 for 146 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Matt Glynn. Tailback Shaun Jones had only 10 carries, but he rushed for two touchdowns and 97 yards, 60 of which came on one touchdown run in the second quarter. Fullback Jared Phillips added 64 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving.

The Shamrocks' defense knew it would be in for a unique challenge against the Cardinals' passing attack. Quarterback Sam Bohon had some success, completing 18 of 29 passes for 129 yards, but the Cardinals simply couldn't sustain any drives.

Coffman defensive back Connor Viers said the defense knew it had to apply pressure to Bohon in order to be successful.

"Obviously they pass a lot, so we had been working on that a lot," Viers said. "Their quarterback was third in the area in passing, so we tried to get a lot of pressure on him. We used a lot of blitz packages and it tested our secondary a lot."

Szabo made a 54-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter for Thomas' final points.

THOMAS WORTHINGTON 3 0 0 3 _ 6
DUBLIN COFFMAN 7 35 7 0 - 49
TW-Szabo 39 FG
DC-Philips 30 run (Clinton kick)
DC-Glynn 35 pass from Stoudt (Clinton kick)
DC-Jones 60 run (Clinton kick)
DC-Jones 1 run (Clinton kick)
DC-Williams 49 pass from Stoudt (Clinton kick)
DC-Glynn 15 pass from Stoudt (Clinton kick)
DC-Phillips 5 run (Clinton kick)
TW-Szabo 54 FG