Ohio North-South All-Star Football Classic

Coffman's Walsh 'shakes off rust' to shine for South


DAYTON — During a four-minute span in the first quarter of the Ohio North-South All-Star Classic’s Division I-III football game April 27, Dublin Coffman High School quarterback James Walsh lost a fumble and threw an interception that led to 14 points.

The Boston College recruit, however, didn’t let those rough moments get him down.

He later led the South on a scoring drive and came within a dropped pass of leading his team to another score in the fourth quarter.

Walsh was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player for the South, which lost 33-27 at Welcome Stadium.

“It just took a while to shake the rust off,” Walsh said. “I just tried to clear my head at halftime and I thought I played pretty well.”

Walsh wasn’t originally on the team’s roster released in February but later was added and participated in all eight practices.

He completed five of 13 passes for 70 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. With two minutes left and his team at the North 37-yard line, Walsh threw a strike to New Albany’s Darron Lee near the goal line but Lee couldn’t hang on.

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