Practice made perfect last week for the Dublin Coffman football team, which was trying to shake off its first loss of the season.
The Shamrocks rebounded from a 29-27 loss to visiting Pickerington North on Sept. 27 by defeating Marysville 28-9 on Oct. 4 at home to open OCC-Central Division play. They continue league play Friday, Oct. 11, at Central Crossing.
"You always start Monday (after a loss) wondering how your team will practice," said coach Mark Crabtree, whose team is 5-1 overall. "We had good practices on Monday (Sept. 30) and Tuesday (Oct. 1), which was a good sign. We continued that throughout the week and into the game."
Central Crossing is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the league after losing to Hilliard Davidson 35-0 on Oct. 4. The Comets were limited to 78 total yards by the Wildcats.
Wide receiver Antony Lowe leads Central Crossing with 25 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns. As a defensive back, he has 28 tackles and two interceptions.
"Anthony Lowe is a really good football player, and I'm impressed with what he can do," Crabtree said. "Coach (Trevor) White is trying to get things done his way and putting his mark on the program. They play hard and have some good players, and Anthony is as good of a player as we will see this year."
Bryon Threats led the Shamrocks against Marysville with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and Mike Drennen added 47 yards and a score on five carries. Jameel Williams caught four passes for 60 yards and rushed for a 4-yard score.
"The design of our offense is to spread the ball around," Crabtree said. "The philosophy of our offense has always been that."
Cam Kirk and Devon Williams had interceptions for the Shamrocks against Marysville.
"I think Marysville is a good team and our players responded well against a good, hard-nosed team," Crabtree said. "They run the ball like Hilliard Davidson, and when you do that, you have to be physical. In turn, your team has to be a physical team to be successful. If you can't match the other team's physicality, then you'll be in trouble."