The Dublin Coffman High School football team is in search of its fourth consecutive win, but coach Mark Crabtree said the Shamrocks are far from being a finished product.

The Dublin Coffman High School football team is in search of its fourth consecutive win, but coach Mark Crabtree said the Shamrocks are far from being a finished product.

Coffman travels to Gahanna on Friday, Sept. 23, to play the unbeaten Lions, an opponent the Shamrocks have not faced in 2007.

"We're playing well, but we still are a long way to go from where need to be," said Crabtree, whose team improved to 3-1 with a 35-0 win over previously undefeated Olentangy on Sept. 16 at home. "The most important thing is that we need to get better."

Coffman and Gahanna faced each other seven times between 2002 and '07, including three times in the playoffs, with the Shamrocks holding a 5-2 advantage. Coffman won the last meeting nine years ago, beating the Lions 28-26 in the first round of the Division I playoffs. In the other playoff matchups, the Shamrocks won 35-23 in a regional semifinal in 2006 and the Lions won 28-26 in a first-round game in 2002.

Gahanna improved to 4-0 with a 28-24 win over New Albany on Sept. 16, as wide receiver Dominic Taylor scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Lowery with 1 minute, 31 seconds left.

Lowery was 18-for-29 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles.

"The Lions are certainly on a roll, and they have some weapons," Crabtree said. "Their quarterback (Lowery) is only a sophomore, but he's good. He has a good throwing motion and throws the ball well. He makes good decisions and can also run the ball."

Quarterback Drew Hodgson was 14-for-24 passing for 299 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against Olentangy, which fell to 3-1. Wide receiver Caleb Stoneburner caught five passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns against the Braves.

The Shamrocks' defense intercepted Olentangy quarterback Connor Haag three times.

"Our defense has been doing a great job and getting us great field position," Hodgson said. "We have been able to take that and make some things happen."

Running back Gavin Sturdivant rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against the Braves, but was transported by ambulance to an area hospital after taking a big hit late in the third quarter.

"Gavin came to our meetings on (Sept. 17) and he seemed all right," Crabtree said. "We have to be careful and his status is day-to-day. We'll have to see if he can play (against Gahanna)."

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