CENTERVILLE — Dalton Maynard had been there before and didn’t want to relive the experience.
The senior linebacker had been on the sideline when the Dublin Coffman High School football team lost opening-round Division I playoff games.
This time, Maynard had a first-quarter interception, one of four first-half turnovers that the 13th-seeded Shamrocks turned into touchdowns in a 42-14 rout of fourth-seeded and host Centerville on Nov. 9.
“We wanted to come out and show people what Dublin Coffman football is all about,” Maynard said. “It’s just an awesome feeling after losing in the last three years (in the first round) and having a 1-3 start (this season). It’s a testament to how hard we have worked to get here.”
The Shamrocks (8-3) advanced to play Huber Heights Wayne (10-1) on Nov. 16 in a second-round Region 2 game at a site to be determined. Wayne defeated Hilliard Darby 37-7 on Nov. 9.
“The way things were going, we knew we would have to force some turnovers if we were to win this game,” said Coffman coach Mark Crabtree, whose team led 35-0 at halftime. “Centerville has a ball-control offense and we knew we would probably have limited possessions, so we had to make the most of them.”
Junior running back Dre Kendrick carried the load for Coffman with 240 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 29 carries.
“My line keeps getting better every week and opening things for me,” said a smiling Kendrick, who had cotton stuffed in his left nostril to stop a bloodied nose. “I’m just so excited to be able to play another week with these guys.”
Coffman started the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver Shaun Rankin from junior quarterback Ben Beckett with 7 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Senior defensive back Tyler Jester, senior defensive lineman Jordan O’Dell and junior defensive lineman Drew DeNoble had the other first-half turnovers for Coffman. Jester had an interception and the others recovered fumbles.
Centerville scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Junior running back Damian Popp had a 1-yard run in the third for the Elks (8-3) and senior quarterback Michael Lunsford had an 8-yard run in the fourth.
DC -- Rankin 13 pass from Ben Beckett (McGue kick)
DC -- Kendrick 2 run (McGue kick)
DC -- Kendrick 52 run (McGue kick)
DC -- Kendrick 31 run (McGue kick)
DC -- Kendrick 5 run (McGue kick)
CV -- Damian Popp 1 run (Bozzo kick)
CV -- Lunsford 8 run (Bozzo kick)
DC -- Kendrick 4 run (McGue kick)