The Dublin Coffman High School football team continued its unbeaten season by defeating host Thomas Worthington 24-0 in OCC-Central Division play.
The first quarter would show promise for the Cardinals with a strong defense that would allow only 143 yards rushing, including 95 by Bilal Williamson. The Cardinals’ defense would hold strong to keep the first quarter scoreless with the help of multiple penalties and a missed 52-yard field-goal attempt by Grant Coffman.
“We had a bunch of penalties that really took momentum from us, particularly early,” said Coffman coach Mark Crabtree, whose team is ranked second in the Super 7 poll behind Hilliard Davidson. “I am not blaming anybody. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do in my opinion.”
Thomas’ strong defense would continue in the second quarter and allow the Cardinals to get the first scoring opportunity with a 37-yard field-goal attempt that was blocked by Coffman's Mitch Richert.
Coffman, which improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC, finally got on the board with a minute left in the half as Mark Kendrick scored on a 1-yard run.
The Shamrocks doubled their lead early in the third quarter when quarterback James Walsh connected with Marcus Davis from 10 yards for a 14-0 lead. Davis finished with 11 receptions for 144 yards.
Coffman’s defense kept pressure on a struggling Cardinals offense, which has been shut out twice and has scored only seven points in three league games. The Cardinals finished with 148 yards passing and 95 rushing.
“We can’t get anything going offensively,” said Thomas coach Scott Gordon, whose team fell to 1-5 and 0-3. “This is the second week in a row we haven’t scored a point, and we made too many mistakes offensively to get ourselves in position to where we could score.”
The Shamrocks extended the lead to 17-0 at the end of the third quarter with 24-yard field goal.
Walsh closed the scoring with a 4-yard run.
“Our defense played hard but we can’t expect them to be out there as much as they are," Gordon said. “We've got to pick up first downs, we've got to score somehow and we've got to get it figured out.”
COFFMAN 0 7 14 10 -- 24
THOMAS 0 0 0 0 -- 0
DC--Kendrick 1 run (Coffman kick)
DC--Davis 10 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
DC--Coffman 24 FG
DC--Walsh 4 run (Coffman kick)