Not often does the Dublin Coffman High School football team have 42 yards at halftime.
Not often does that come with a 13-7 lead.
The Shamrocks used a fumble recovery and a blocked punt to build an early lead en route to a 34-14 victory over host Dublin Scioto on Aug. 31, giving coach Mark Crabtree his 100th win with the program.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done,” said Crabtree, whose team improved to 4-3 against its district rivals. “We only had 12 plays in the first half and came out and gained confidence throughout the second half. But Scioto really was ready to play. They didn’t make anything easy for us.”
On its opening possession, Scioto drove to the Coffman 34-yard line, but a shotgun snap flew well over the head of quarterback Evan DeMars. Running back William Houston pounced on the ball at the Irish 45, but it rolled away to the 43, where Erik Schnese returned the fumble for a touchdown with 8 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first quarter.
Later in the first, Scioto’s Troy Zimmerman had his punt blocked by several Coffman defenders. James Walsh scored on a 7-yard run with 1:58 left in the first for a 13-0 lead.
“That was a playoff atmosphere and we played a good team ... a team that makes the playoffs year in and year out,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “We just have to control the things that we are able to control.”
The Shamrocks (2-0) scored three touchdowns in the second half. Bilal Williamson scored on a 4-yard run and took a screen pass from Walsh for a 40-yard touchdown. Zac Fouche caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Walsh.
In the second quarter, the Irish (1-1) scored when Tim Shadoan caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from DeMars. They added a score on a 25-yard fumble return by Jack Flood with 2:48 left in the fourth.
Walsh was 10-for-20 passing for 120 yards with one interception. He also rushed 15 times for 105 yards.
Williamson added 43 yards on 14 carries. Coffman finished with 159 yards rushing and 279 total yards.
DeMars was 23-for-44 passing for 295 yards and three interceptions. Houston rushed 22 times for 58 yards.
The Irish had 118 yards on the ground and 413 total yards.
Shadoan caught seven passes for 78 yards for the Irish, and Mason Matheny had eight catches for 79 yards.
C -- Schnese 43 fumble return (Coffman kick)
C -- Walsh 7 run (run failed)
S -- Shadoan 23 pass from DeMars (Carney kick)
C -- Williamson 4 run (Coffman kick)
C -- Fouche 10 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
C – Williamson 40 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
S -- Flood 25 fumble return (Carney kick)