Lightning delayed the game between the Dublin Coffman and Olentangy football teams on Sept. 20 for 62 minutes, but rain never fell as storms stayed several miles away.
The pace at which the Shamrocks were working arguably put the lightning to shame.
Establishing its running game with punishing if not dizzying efficiency, Coffman’s first three scoring drives took a combined 4 minutes, 1 second as the Shamrocks sprinted to a 28-3 halftime lead and routed the host Braves 38-16.
Bryon Threats accounted for all four of Coffman’s touchdowns in the first half, scoring on runs of 6, 15 and 42 yards and returning a fumbled kickoff return 82 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the half after Olentangy broke the shutout on a 35-yard field goal by Hayden Alcott.
“I just took advantage of my chance and I ran with it,” said Threats, who finished with 121 yards on just eight carries. “I feel like I had an all right night. I do think I could have done a little bit more for my team, but I think my overall performance was great.”
Coffman amassed 377 yards rushing while improving to 4-0 for the second consecutive season. Olentangy dropped to 2-2.
Threats, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, entered the game with 12 carries for 54 yards and three touchdowns in the Shamrocks’ first three games but quickly emerged as their preferred back against the Braves.
Threats set up his first touchdown with a 33-yard run on the game’s third play.
“Bryon Threats is one of the best football players I’ve ever been around,” Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree said. “He has a great attitude and he’s a great overall football player. There’s not a lot on a football field he can’t do.”
Olentangy answered with a 14-yard drive that ended in a punt, and Coffman needed just four plays to score again, although that possession was interrupted by the delay.
Shamrocks quarterback Connor Mathews reeled off a 44-yard run on the first play back, and Threats scored from 15 yards one play later.
The Braves put together a nine-play drive that ate almost four minutes late in the first half, but managed only the field goal by Alcott.
Any momentum Olentangy might have gained evaporated on Threats’ ensuing kickoff return that made it a 25-point game.
The Braves got second-half touchdowns on a 27-yard pass from Trent Maddox to Jake Coleman and a 4-yard run by Nick Boyarko.
“I was a little disappointed with our lack of physicality at times. The effort was there,” Olentangy coach Mark Solis said. “We’ve played them five times and by far this is the best team of theirs that we’ve played.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DUBLIN COFFMAN 14 14 3 7 38 OLENTANGY
0 3 0 13 16
DC—Threats 6 run (Magyar kick)
DC—Threats 15 run (Magyar kick)
DC—Threats 42 run (Magyar kick)
O—Olcott 35 FG
DC—Threats 82 fumble return (Magyar kick)
DC—Magyar 33 FG
O—Coleman 27 pass from Maddox (Olcott kick)
DC—Williamson 8 run (Magyar kick)
O—Boyarko 4 run (run failed)