Community bragging rights will be on the line when the Dublin Coffman and Scioto high school football teams meet Friday, Sept. 2, at Scioto.

Community bragging rights will be on the line when the Dublin Coffman and Scioto high school football teams meet Friday, Sept. 2, at Scioto.

Coffman leads the series 6-4 and has won the last two meetings, including a 52-0 win at home last season. One of the Shamrocks' wins came by forfeit, as Scioto was deemed to have used an ineligible player in its 24-14 victory over Coffman in the Division I, Region 3 final in 2003. The Irish also forfeited a playoff win over Lancaster that season.

Scioto's last win in the series came in 2013, when it beat the host Shamrocks 30-17.

The Irish enter this year's matchup coming off a 24-15 win at Westerville South in their season opener Aug. 26. The Shamrocks opened by losing at Springfield 22-20 in a game that began Aug. 26 but was suspended because of bad weather and concluded Aug. 27.

"Coffman is a powerhouse," Scioto senior wide receiver and defensive back Jared Nolan said. "We're going to have to play 150 percent the entire night. It's going to be a rough one. It's major bragging rights. It's just one more step to being the champs of Dublin."

"It's always fun playing against dudes you know and been playing against since little league," Coffman senior wide receiver and punter Caleb Stoneburner said. "It means a lot to me because, since I've been playing varsity, I haven't lost to Scioto, so I'm looking forward to continuing the streak."

Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree said two turnovers and his offense's inability to take advantage of favorable field position for most of the game proved costly against Springfield.

Coffman led 14-7 at halftime before the Wildcats rallied in the second half. The Shamrocks were driving for a potential go-ahead score late in the game, but Springfield intercepted quarterback Drew Hodgson to end the threat.

Hodgson completed 16 of 25 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Running back Gavin Sturdivant rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and wide receiver Mike Drennan had five catches for 91 yards and scored on a 4-yard run. Stoneburner caught six passes for 72 yards and a score.

Coffman outgained Springfield 353-268 in total yards.

"We can't make errors like we made with the football in the Springfield game," Crabtree said. "We had some key penalties and we had a punt return for a touchdown called back. We fumbled a punt. We have to take advantage of field position if given the opportunity. Defensively, we have to be very sound with our alignments and be physical."

According to Scioto coach Karl Johnson, his defense limited the number of big plays made by highly touted South running back Jaelen Gill, who rushed for 147 yards on 17 carries. He said the Irish will need a similar effort against Coffman's spread offense.

"It's early in the season," Johnson said. "What concerns me about them is us. We have to continue to worry about us and developing our team offensively, defensively and special teams. With them, it's figuring out who are their weapons."

Scioto quarterback Noah Densel, who missed last season with a knee injury, completed seven of 10 passes for 100 yards and three interceptions and rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against South. Running back Dimetri Brandon rushed for a team-high 71 yards and a score on 22 carries.

The Irish had a 300-205 advantage over South in total yards.

"Scioto is improved everywhere from last year, mainly because they're healthy and it looks like they have a good plan in place on both sides of the ball," Crabtree said. "Their kids are playing hard, the kids are playing with confidence."

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