UA's running game has been highly effective the past two weeks.
UA's running game has been highly effective the past two weeks, as the Bears rushed for 223 yards against Marysville on Oct. 12 and ran for 440 against Westland on Oct. 19. Gus Ackley is the backbone of their offense with 1,050 yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns, but Chris Frey also is a capable running threat to help ease the burden on Kyle Kaparos, a sophomore who has thrown for 615 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions.
Until its game against Liberty on Oct. 19, Coffman hadn't won by fewer than 20 points and had won its first eight games by an average of 37.8 points. James Walsh, an Ohio University recruit, is 104-for-157 passing for 1,719 yards with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Bilal Williamson leads the Shamrocks with 1,208 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns.
*Last week: Ackley rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns (45, 18 and 20 yards) and Frey had two touchdown runs (19 and 1 yards) and scored on a 99-yard kickoff return, as UA raised its record above .500 for the first time since defeating Walnut Ridge in the season opener. Alex Husted added a 56-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Williamson rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns to help Coffman stay undefeated, but the Shamrocks had to hold off Liberty after leading 30-14 late in the third quarter.
Walsh was 8-for-13 passing for 169 yards and had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zac Fouche.