The Dublin Coffman High School football team was able to stage another second-half rally and hold off host Pickerington North 31-28 on Sept. 21 in a battle of unbeatens.
The Shamrocks, who improved to 5-0, rallied from halftime deficits in the last two weeks. They trailed Dublin Jerome 14-10 on Sept. 7 but won 45-14 and trailed Olentangy 16-0 on Sept. 14 but won 22-16.
“I’m really not sure why we play so well in the second half,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. “They were big up front and kept us from doing things in the first half we wanted to do. We simplified things in the second half and that helped us out a lot.”
The game was delayed 1 hour, 24 minutes by lightning, with kickoff at 8:24 p.m.
North, which fell to 4-1, scored on a pair of Mike Lowery passes in the final quarter to bring the Panthers within victory. He hit Jack Sawyer on a 37-yard touchdown with 4:31 left and connected with his brother, Jordan Lowery, on a 5-yard touchdown with 2:45 left.
The Panthers got the ball back with 1:06 remaining at their own 20-yard line, but only reached the Coffman 40 when time expired.
In the third quarter, Mike Drennen scored on a 2-yard run with 10:27 left, Joey Mitchell kicked a 32-yard field goal with 4:52 left and quarterback Ethan Brown scored on a 26-yard run with 2:26 left to give Coffman a 24-14 lead.
The Shamrocks, who are tied with Solon for 10th in the Division I state poll, had trailed North 14-7 at halftime.
Drennen capped Coffman’s scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run with 5:59 left in the game.
“It was a battle,” North coach Nate Hillerich said. “We played a team with great tradition and excellent coaching and we made too many mistakes.”
The Panthers racked up 218 yards in the first half, running up and down the field with big plays to keep the Shamrocks on their heels. Coffman managed only 46 yards in the first two quarters, including 11 through the air.
The Panthers, ranked fourth in the Division I state poll, scored twice in the second quarter, one through the air and the other on the ground.
Lowery connected with Chris Scott on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 10:09 left in the first half and Idris Lawrence, who had four carries for 47 yards, scored on a 36-yard run.
Coffman’s only score in the first half was a 75-yard kickoff return by Bryon Threat with 9:58 left in the second quarter. The touchdown tied the game at 7.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DUBLIN COFFMAN 0 7 17 7 31 PICKERINGTON NORTH
0 14 0 14 28
PN—Scott 27 pass from M. Lowery (Pope kick)
DC—Threats 75 kickoff return (Mitchell kick)
PN—Lawrence 36 run (Pope kick)
DC—Drennen 2 run (Mitchell kick)
DC—Mitchell 32 FG
DC—Brown 26 run (Mitchell kick)
DC—Drennen 3 run (Mitchell kick)
PN—Sawyer 37 pass from M. Lowery (Pope kick)
PN—J. Lowery 5 pass from M. Lowery (Pope kick)