Dublin Villager

Boys Soccer

Coffman team to play host to 'Friday Night Lights'

Sunday January 5, 2014 7:02 PM

With the high school football season starting a week later than usual, boys soccer will be in the spotlight Friday, Aug. 23, at Dublin Coffman.

The Shamrocks will play host to Hilliard Darby in what is being billed as "Friday Night Lights."

The game will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Members of the Coffman marching band and cheerleading team are expected to participate. A tailgate party also is planned.

"The students are usually pretty good about coming out and supporting us, especially the years that we're doing pretty well," Coffman coach Steve Watts said. "We expect this thing to be a pretty big deal. It should be a pretty good crowd on Friday night."

Panthers coach Johnny Ulry said he has been promoting the event with the Darby students, hoping for a strong turnout.

"Playing the sport all my life, an opportunity where we can promote what we do and especially to promote high school soccer to get the kids out, it's a fun thing to do," Ulry said. "Hopefully these kids that are younger from both the Dublin area and the Hilliard area, this is what they get to look forward to doing, and to be able to do it on a Friday night as well is kind of special."

Last season, Coffman went 15-5-1 and lost to Olentangy Liberty 3-1 in a Division I regional final. Darby went 15-2-2 and lost to Gahanna 2-0 in a district final.

--Frank DiRenna