The Dublin Coffman High School football team made an early statement in the OCC-Central Division, defeating defending champion Hilliard Davidson 33-10 on Sept. 14 at home in the opening week of league play.
Coffman improved to 4-0 and Davidson fell to 2-2. It is the first time Davidson has lost two regular-season games since finishing 7-3 in 2007, and Coffman ended a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Davidson has won the last two league titles.
Coffman senior quarterback James Walsh, an Ohio University recruit, completed 15 of 18 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
“There’s a lot of 4-0 teams out there and anybody who’s satisfied at this stage of the game is really naïve as far as I’m concerned,” said Coffman coach Mark Crabtree, whose team had a 391-193 advantage in total yards. “We have a lot of work to do.
“We’re happy, don’t get me wrong. We’re pleased with what happened, but at the same time, we recognize where we are. We have six more regular-season games to go and we’ll figure it out.”
The Wildcats remained close throughout the first half, as they used their ball-control offense to trail just 13-3 at the break. Davidson had a 15:03-8:57 advantage in time of possession in the first half.
The Wildcats made it 10-3 on Jack Johns’ 27-yard field goal with 26.3 seconds left in the half, but Coffman’s Austen Rankin took the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Davidson 18-yard line. Grant Coffman followed with a 27-yard field to end the half, restoring the 10-point lead.
Coffman then pulled away with three touchdowns in the third quarter, including an 8-yard run by Walsh and 46-yard pass from Walsh to Rankin.
Despite the loss, Davidson coach Brian White was pleased with the overall effort.
“We’ve gotten better,” White said. “We’ve gotten better from week one to week two to week three to week four. We’ve started practicing better. I’m proud of our kids’ efforts tonight. Obviously, I don’t believe anything good comes out of a loss, but tonight I’m really proud of our kids’ efforts. We’ll take this and we’ll build on it.”
DC – Coffman 38 FG
DC – Walsh 10 run (Coffman kick)
HD – Jack Johns 27 FG
DC – Coffman 27 FG
DC – Chang 3 run (kick failed)
DC – Walsh 8 run (Coffman kick)
DC – Rankin 46 pass from Walsh (Coffman kick)
HD – Waters 3 run (Jack Johns kick)