Coming off its first loss of the season, the Dublin Coffman High School football team rebounded with a 34-7 win over visiting Worthington Kilbourne in an OCC-Central Division game Friday, Oct. 21.
“It was a good bounce back game for us coming off the (14-0) loss last week (at Hilliard Davidson),” Coffman junior quarterback James Walsh said. “We don’t get a lot of respect, so we wanted to prove that we were not going to fall down after one loss like we have in past years.”
The Shamrocks improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Central, while the Wolves dropped to 3-6 and 2-4.
Walsh led the Coffman offense with 263 yards on 17 of 27 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had a rushing touchdown.
Bilal Williamson rushed seven times for 93 yards and two touchdowns, while Mark Kendrick had 98 yards on 11 carries. The Shamrocks rushed for 241 yards.
Marcus Davis had eight receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
“We were not very good tonight, but we did some good things,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. “There were moments that we were very sloppy and in Week 9, we have to do better than that.”
The Shamrocks scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead. Walsh found Davis for a 9-yard touchdown pass and Williamson ran for touchdowns of 52 and 12 yards.
The Wolves’ defense held Coffman on two consecutive possessions, forcing a fumble inside the 1-yard line and an interception deep in Wolves territory. D.J. Freer recovered the fumble and Ryan Maloney intercepted Walsh for the Wolves.
“We were playing a bit of (a) college 3-5-3 (defense) and I thought we did a decent job putting pressure on their quarterback,” Wolves coach Vince Trombetti said. “Our linebackers and defensive backs did a great job of stepping in front and getting some picks. I’m really proud of the kids for staying in there and fighting away.”
Coffman added a late second-quarter score as Walsh connected with Davis for a 6-yard touchdown pass to lead 28-0 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Kilbourne had an 18-play, 75-yard drive that took almost 10 minutes off the clock and ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Isaac Lumpkin. The Wolves converted two fourth-down attempts on the drive.
“You can see that our kids are getting better,” Trombetti said. “We don’t have a big senior class and we appreciate everything we are getting from them, but you can tell that these sophomores are getting better every game.”
Walsh capped the scoring with a 3-yard run with 3 seconds remaining in the game.
Lumpkin led the Wolves with 52 yards on 19 carries, and Danny Shiblaq had 10 rushes for 47 yards.
WORTHIGTON KILBOURNE 0 0 0 7 -- 7
DUBLIN COFFMAN 21 7 0 6 -- 34
DC--Davis 9 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
DC--Williamson 52 run (Coffman kick)
DC--Williamson 12 run (Coffman kick)
DC--Davis 6 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
WK--Lumpkin 3 run (Watson kick)
DC--Walsh 3 run (kick failed)