The Dublin Coffman High School football team parlayed a stingy defense and a few big offensive plays into a 28-16 win over host Thomas Worthington in an OCC-Central Division contest Oct. 4.
Junior tailback Dre Kendrick rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries as the Shamrocks improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.
“The line was opening some nice holes and there was a huge outside lane on the (80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter),” Kendrick said. “This was one of my better games. The big thing is that our defense hung in there and got the job done in the second half and we came out with a win.”
The Cardinals (3-3, 1-2) led 16-14 at halftime and took the second-half kickoff. But a penalty set them back and forced a punt. The snap sailed over punter Ben Frazier’s head and into the end zone. He picked it up and got away a punt, but Coffman took over at the Thomas 36.
Six plays later, Kendrick burst 13 yards up the middle to give Coffman a 21-16 lead.
After another three-and-out by Thomas, the Shamrocks started from their own 46 and needed seven plays to go 54 yards, with Kendrick covering the final 19 to make it 28-16 with 3 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
Thomas — which scored the final 13 points of the first half on touchdown runs of 2 and 14 yards by Tony Harvard — put together an 18-play drive that consumed 8:43, but the Cardinals came away with no points.
After a first-and-goal from the 3, Thomas faced a fourth down at the 1. A motion penalty then moved the ball back to the 6, and quarterback Danny Gordon’s scramble was stopped at the 3 by Coffman’s Kyle Hogan with 6:39 left.
“We’re missing four defensive starters and our young guys stepped up and made plays in the second half,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. “We didn’t allow any big plays and played much better in the second half than we did in the second quarter. We maintained field possession in the second half much better.
“I thought (Harvard) was going to get in on third down around end, but we came up and stopped him just short. Those were the plays of the game. Austin Blazer, Jake Franklin, Jordan O’Dell, Drew DeNoble, Kyle Hogan and Dalton Maynard all made big plays in that drive and made (Thomas) work for every yard.”
Thomas scored first on a 45-yard field goal by Frazier. But Coffman responded with a 47-yard pass from quarterback Gunnar Hoak to receiver Kyle Marcinick late in the first quarter. Kendrick’s 80-yard touchdown run came midway through the second quarter.
Harvard led Thomas with 151 yards rushing on 35 carries.
TW--Frazier 45 FG
DC--Marcinick 47 pass from Hoak (McGue kick)
DC--Kendrick 80 run (McGue kick)
TW--Harvard 2 run (kick failed)
TW--Harvard 14 run (Frazier kick)
DC--Kendrick 13 run (McGue kick)
DC--Kendrick 19 run (McGue kick)