Last season, the Dublin Coffman High School football team already seemed to be hitting on all cylinders by its meeting with Lima Senior in the second game.

Last season, the Dublin Coffman High School football team already seemed to be hitting on all cylinders by its meeting with Lima Senior in the second game.

Coming off a 42-point win over Troy in its opening week, a veteran Coffman team rolled over Lima Senior 63-0. Coffman didn't end up facing a reasonable test until the fourth game.

Asked how his team would keep from being overconfident entering another meeting with Lima Senior on Friday, coach Mark Crabtree began by saying, "Last season is last season." As simple as that rationale might sound, there is a lot of truth to it in this case.

For starters, Crabtree knows the Shamrocks are up against a significantly improved team.

"I think one thing that the players will pick up on immediately is that Lima Senior is much better than they were last year," Crabtree said. "The coach (Darnell Collins), this is year two for his system, and obviously they've kind of caught onto what they're doing a little bit better. They're much improved from last year, and I don't think there's any question about that."

Regardless of the opponent, however, the biggest focus for Coffman is correcting the mistakes it made last Friday. Facing a stiffer test than last year's blowout of Troy, Coffman beat host Olentangy Liberty 10-7 on the strength of a 30-yard field goal by Kyle Clinton late in the fourth quarter. Though there were bright spots for Coffman, including 130 yards rushing by Shaun Jones and solid play by quarterback Cole Stoudt, penalties and mental mistakes kept Coffman from putting the game further out of reach.

"We were expecting to be a little crisper," Jones said. "But we knew we were going to have a couple of misunderstandings on plays and things (because of inexperience)."

Crabtree felt good about the way the Shamrocks controlled the line of scrimmage on defense, as well as the ability of the secondary to lock down once Liberty was forced to pass. The offense looked solid and Crabtree sdoesn't expect to change much, but would like to see better execution near the goal line.

Lima Senior, which finished 2-8 last year, won its opener last Friday over Celina 14-10. If nothing else, Lima Senior is not a team that is short on speed. Crabtree said he knows Lima Senior will have a few athletes "faster than anybody we've got probably," and the key for his defense will be playing smart and maintaining individual responsibilities. Some of the top athletes on the Spartans' offense include wide receivers Marc Johnson and Danyel Walton and running back Chaz Foster. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Foster rushed for 154 yards on 20 carries.

Defensive back Cortey Edwards proved how dangerous he can be in the return game as he returned a punt 83 yards for a score last week.

Defense carried Lima to victory last Friday, and pressure on the quarterback was a big part of that. Of the team's 16 returning letterwinners, four were on the defensive line and three were at linebacker. Chaz Walker and Shanndale Walton are returning starters at linebacker. Danyel Walton, one of the team's top receivers, also starts at free safety.