For the second consecutive week, the Dublin Coffman High School football team will be facing an opponent with a first-year coach.
The Shamrocks improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Central Division with a 28-7 win over Marysville and its first-year coach, Brent Johnson, on Sept. 29.
On Friday, Oct. 6, Coffman travels to Central Crossing for a league contest. The Comets have a first-year coach in Trevor White, who came from Beechcroft.
"You know that anytime a program gets a new head coach or a new staff, it takes some time to get things going," coach Mark Crabtree said. "They are not the same Central Crossing as in the past when they would spread you out, go no-huddle and try to scheme you all over the field. Now they run more a traditional I(-formation) and they will sprinkle in some shotgun (formations). The kids seem to be doing well. They know where they are going and they are executing the plan."
Central Crossing lost its OCC-Central opener to Hilliard Davidson 40-0 on Sept. 29 to drop to 2-4 overall. The Comets were limited to 95 total yards by the Wildcats, including 29 on the ground.
Quarterback Ben Bohne led the Comets in passing and rushing against Davidson. He was 6-for-13 through the air for 67 yards with two interceptions, and ran for 26 yards on eight carries. Owen Lakso had three receptions for 34 yards.
The Shamrocks held Marysville to 168 yards of offense, 62 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Walker Heard to Bodie Eberhart.
"(The Monarchs) changed their offense from last year and we spent the whole week in practice working on our keys," linebacker Griffin Hoak said. "We knew what we had to do at game time. We stopped their run and they came out throwing in the second half and we were able to stop that."
Cam Scott rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as Coffman had 293 total yards, including 222 on the ground. Gavin Sturdivant added 93 yards on 12 carries, and Darius Cumming ran for 13 yards and one score on three carries.
Quarterback Marcus Ernst was 7-for-13 passing for 71 yards, and Kaleb Holcomb led with two catches for 19 yards.
"We did some good things offensively," Crabtree said. "I looked at the film and saw about four or five times when, if one guy would have just done a little more on technique, we would have done even better. We have to keep practicing what we do and correct mistakes along the way."