The Dublin Coffman football team came away with a victory in its opener, but coach Mark Crabtree believes his team's performance was far from perfect.
The Shamrocks have numerous areas to emphasize in practice this week as they prepare to play host to Gahanna on Friday, Sept. 6.
"It wasn't a pretty win," Crabtree said of his team's 17-7 win at Clayton Northmont on Aug. 30. "We're definitely just a work in progress.
"I would say, offensively, we need to work on some primary execution and finishing at a lot of different positions. (These include) communication by the coaches to the field, some basic game management and some technical mistakes that teams make in the first game."
Coffman's defense limited Northmont to minus-11 yards rushing, while the Shamrocks had 158 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Bryon Threats had a 16-yard touchdown run and Connor Mathews scored on a 2-yard run.
Mathews was 7-for-14 passing for 54 yards and one interception in his debut as starting quarterback.
Moussa Diallo led the Shamrocks' ground attack with 89 yards on 24 carries, and Casey Magyar kicked a 40-yard field goal.
"I thought our defense played very well," Crabtree said. "We put them in some tough spots. Our special teams also were pretty solid."
Gahanna opened Aug. 30 with a 41-6 loss to visiting Cincinnati Elder.
Running back Travis Whittaker led the Lions with 154 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and quarterback Will Thomas was 13-for-19 passing for 126 yards, with Cam Morris having three receptions for 43 yards.
"If it's what we're used to seeing from Gahanna, they have some good athletes," Crabtree said. "Their quarterback is good, and (coach) Bruce (Ward) and his coaching staff do a great job with their schemes."
Crabtree said the availability of running back Mike Drennen, a Division I college recruit, will be determined this week. A second-team all-state honoree a year ago, Drennen sat out the game against Northmont because of a foot injury. Last season, he rushed for 801 yards and 11 touchdowns on 162 carries and caught 30 passes for 464 yards and five scores.