Nick Conner’s ability to “scoop and score” paid off for the visiting Dublin Scioto High School football team Sept. 6 against Dublin Coffman.
Conner returned a fumble 65 yard to begin a 21-point second quarter as the Irish won the non-league game 30-17.
“(Defensive lineman) Elijah Berry hit their quarterback (Ben Beckett) and the ball came loose,” Conner said. “It’s something we work on in practice all of the time -- it’s called scoop and score.
“Being 2-0 is great, especially after beating Coffman and (Worthington) Kilbourne (22-21 on Aug. 30). It’s a great way to start the season.”
Conner’s score was the first of two turnovers in the second quarter that the Irish capitalized on. The other came when Scioto recovered a muffed punt that glanced off a Coffman player’s helmet near the Shamrocks’ 25 and was recovered at the 3-yard line by Scioto’s Joe Wallace. One play later, senior running back Troy Zimmerman scored on a 3-yard run for a 17-3 lead.
Running back Darius McDonald caught a 39-yard pass with 2:14 left in the second for a 24-3 edge. The senior added a 60-yard run with 8:37 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 30-3.
“We had some big plays, and Darius made a couple of big plays with a catch and a long run,” coach Karl Johnson said. “We couldn’t move the chains in the fourth quarter, though, and could have helped us a lot. We still have work to do.”
Scioto led 3-0 after one quarter on a 49-yard field goal by junior place-kicker Sam Crosa.
The Shamrocks, who fell to 1-1, changed quarterbacks in the second half. Beckett, a junior, was 5-for-9 passing for 14 yards in the first half. Sophomore Gunnar Hoak was 9-for-20 for 75 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end David Watson.
“They made the plays when we had to and we didn’t,” coach Mark Crabtree said. “It came down to that.”
Coffman junior running back Dre Kendrick rushed for 277 yards on 30 carries. Senior running back Aaron Pape added a 1-yard touchdown run.
McDonald rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries, and quarterback Nathan Densel ran for 73 yards on 12 carries. He was 9-for-17 passing for 85 yards.
S -- Crosa 49 FG
S -- N. Conner 65 fumble return (Crosa kick)
C -- McGue 18 FG
S -- T. Zimmerman 3 run (Crosa kick)
S -- McDonald 39 pass from Densel (Crosa kick)
S -- McDonald 60 run (run failed)
C -- Watson 11 pass from Hoak (McGue kick)
C -- Pape 1 run (McGue kick)