The Dublin Coffman High School football team opens the season without having settled on a starting quarterback.

The Dublin Coffman High School football team opens the season without having settled on a starting quarterback.

The Shamrocks head into their contest against Springfield on Friday, Aug. 26, at Wittenberg University without naming the successor to 2016 graduate Gunnar Hoak, who now plays for the University of Kentucky.

Coach Mark Crabtree said both senior Drew Hodgson (6-foot-2, 191 pounds) and junior Marcus Ernst (5-11, 171) have played well during the preseason.

"Right now, we have two good quarterbacks and they are fun to coach because they listen to what we have to say," said Crabtree, whose team finished 7-4 last season. "They both have been good at decision-making in the preseason. We had only one interception in three scrimmages. I think both of them deserve to play and we'll go in knowing that we are going to play both."

Hodgson started one game last season when Hoak was injured, a 56-7 win over Marysville. He was 8-for-10 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.

Springfield, which finished 3-7 last season, also had a quarterback competition during the preseason between senior DeSean Bradley and junior Will Finch, a transfer from Springfield Shawnee.

Crabtree wasn't sure which Springfield player would start behind center in the opener, but said the Wildcats have some talented athletes, including senior wide receiver and defensive back Danny Davis (6-3, 180) and junior tight end and defensive lineman Leonard Taylor (6-6, 245). According to Crabtree, Taylor also lines up at quarterback in certain formations.

Davis had eight catches for 94 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown, in a 41-7 loss to the Shamrocks to open last season.

"Like last season, you look at their team and they have some pretty impressive players," Crabtree said. "They have done a great job of developing players and turning the culture around in the program."

This year's contest originally was scheduled to be played on Springfield's home field, but according to the Springfield athletics department, the game was moved to Wittenberg because of field conditions.

In last year's matchup, the Shamrocks totaled 464 yards on offense and Springfield had 168 total yards. Junior running back Gavin Sturdivant led Coffman with 173 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

"I don't think that it matters much if we go out and play our game," Shamrocks senior defensive lineman Joe Kendrick said.

"Up front, (the Wildcats) should be pretty big and I think they can give us a lot of competition in the trenches. I think they have a better team this year and it should be a good game."

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