Only five points separate the Dublin Coffman High School football team from being unbeaten.

Only five points separate the Dublin Coffman High School football team from being unbeaten.

The Shamrocks are 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division after losing to visiting Hilliard Davidson 7-6 on Oct. 14. Their other loss came in their season opener, 22-20 to Springfield on Aug. 27.

"I was talking with the coaches about that and how that comes about," coach Mark Crabtree said. "But that's football. Sometimes you are on the other end of (close games)."

Coffman will look to get back on track Friday, Oct. 21, at Westland in a league contest.

The Cougars are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Central and are coming off a 43-35 loss to Central Crossing on Oct. 14.

Quarterback DeShawn Evans was 16-for-32 passing for 208 yards and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Douglas, who had seven receptions for 120 yards. Running back Matt Bailey ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and running back Abdul Diallo added 61 yards and two scores on five attempts.

"(Westland) coach (Kyle) Goebbel, I have a ton of respect for that guy," Crabtree said. "It's obvious from watching film that they do a nice job of coaching and the kids play hard. Even though they haven't won a game, they were competitive in the games that we saw on film. They are playing with pride and purpose and are coaching the right way."

Against Davidson, the Shamrocks managed just 156 total yards, including 83 on the ground. Casey Kirk had 63 yards rushing on 17 carries, and quarterback Drew Hodgson was 12-for-15 passing for 73 yards and no interceptions. Ryan Simone had field goals of 30 and 31 yards to account for Coffman's scoring.

Davidson helped secure the win with a fake punt midway through the fourth quarter. Punter David Hoyle ran for 23 yards on fourth-and-12 from the Wildcats' 25-yard line to pick up a key first down at the Davidson 48.

Neither team committed a turnover.

"Looking back after watching film, we learned that if we would have done things a tad differently in execution of schemes, possibly there would have been a different outcome," Crabtree said. "I think we made a couple of crucial errors in missed assignments. We need to be working a bit on our technique."

Despite the loss, the Shamrocks are clearly in the Division I, Regio n 3 postseason picture. They are projected to be fourth in the region in this week's computer ratings, with the top eight teams reaching the playoffs.

Kirk leads the Shamrocks in rushing with 704 yards and four touchdowns on 100 carries, and Hodgson has completed 98 of 144 passes for 1,353 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The team's leading receivers are Mike Drennan (27 catches, 332 yards 2 touchdowns), Kirk (22 catches, 306 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Caleb Stoneburner (23 catches, 393 yards 9 touchdowns).

On defense, Jack Hamilton and C.J. Wise both have three interceptions.

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