The Dublin Coffman High School football team has won three consecutive games and is climbing in the Division I, Region 2 computer ratings, but linebacker Griffin Hoak said the Shamrocks can't lose focus.
Coffman plays host to Westland in an OCC-Central Division contest Friday, Oct. 20. The Shamrocks improved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the league with a 17-14 win over Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 13 and were projected to be third in the region this week. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top four earning a home game in the opening round.
"(Westland) came out last year and surprised us in the first half and we can't let that happen again," said Hoak, whose team led the Cougars 14-0 at halftime last year before pulling away in the second half for a 35-0 win. "We played them in 7-on-7 over the summer, so we have an idea about what they can do. We have had great chemistry (over the last three games) and we need to keep that going."
The Cougars are 1-7 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Central after losing to Central Crossing 48-21 on Oct. 13. Quarterback Tyquwone Workman completed 14 of 28 passes for 275 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Anthony Widen had five receptions for 89 yards.
Cam Scott rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as Coffman held off Davidson.
The Wildcats looked to be ready to take the lead late in the game, as they drove to the Shamrocks' 12-yard line. However, on fourth-and-inches, quarterback A.J. VanVoorhis mishandled the snap and was tackled for a 3-yard loss by Hoak with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left.
"Cam had a great game and we did what we needed to do to win," coach Mark Crabtree said. "It's never easy when we play (Davidson)."
Through eight games, Scott has rushed for 697 yards and 11 touchdowns on 132 carries, while Gavin Sturdivant has rushed for 392 yards and six scores on 68 carries.
Quarterback Marcus Ernst is 59-for-111 passing for 795 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, and has rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries.