The gauntlet continues for the Dublin Coffman High School football team with another unbeaten opponent ahead in Marysville.
The Monarchs enter their OCC-Central Division game Friday, Sept. 27, at Coffman at 4-0 for the first time since 2000. That season, they were 10-0 in the regular season and finished 13-1 after losing to Piqua 18-7 in a Division II state semifinal.
"(Marysville) coach (Morgan Cotter) has a second year under his belt with them," Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. "(The Monarchs) know the system a lot better, and they're (4-0).
"They have to be a lot better team because obviously Scioto is a pretty decent team, and (the Monarchs) came back and beat (the Irish 30-28 on Sept. 13). I'm sure they're much improved from last year's team."
Coffman beat Marysville 49-10 last season.
The Shamrocks are 1-3 overall, having lost their last three games -- all against teams that were unbeaten at the time.
Coffman defeated Jerome 16-14 on Aug. 30 before losing to Scioto (30-17 on Sept. 6), Canton McKinley (26-17 on Sept. 13) and Hilliard Davidson (28-7 on Sept. 20). McKinley and Davidson are both 4-0.
"We've played some really high-quality teams the past couple of weeks," Crabtree said. "I'm hoping that that pays off for us at some point on our schedule.
"We can be good. The combination of the quality of teams and our youthfulness, when you combine those two things together, you kind of get a little bit of what we're having right now. Our attitudes are still good."
Against Davidson in the league opener, the Shamrocks scored in the final minute when junior quarterback Ben Beckett connected with junior wide receiver Kyle Marcinick on a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Beckett was 3-for-5 passing for 43 yards, and sophomore quarterback Gunnar Hoak was 3-for-9 passing for 22 yards and one interception. Marcinick had two catches for 43 yards.
Senior running back Aaron Pape had 64 yards rushing on 13 carries, and junior running back Dre Kendrick had 42 yards on 13 attempts. Sophomore running back Willy Plaisir ran for 52 yards on his only carry.
"We really have to buckle down (against Coffman). We have to be ready for a program that knows how to win," Cotter said. "Coach Crabtree does a great job getting his team ready. He's going to be a lot better when he gets to (the fifth week) against us than he was in the first (four) games."
Junior running back Aron Mowery had touchdown runs of 45, 3, and 2 yards as the Monarchs defeated Westland 64-6 in their OCC-Central opener Sept. 21.
Senior quarterback Matt Mullholland threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Nick Mazza and a 49-yarder to senior wide receiver Logan Roston.
Mullholland also had a 22-yard scoring run.
Junior linebacker Jesse Ramirez returned a blocked punt 43 yards for a touchdown, junior running back Grant Howard scored on a 45-yard run and sophomore quarterback Holden Cruea added a 17-yard touchdown run.