While most football coaches use game film to closely scout an opponent, Dublin Coffman coach Mark Crabtree doesn't need to study film on his team's next foe.
The Shamrocks will play at Hilliard Davidson on Friday, Oct. 18, in an OCC-Central Division contest, and Crabtree knows what to expect from the Wildcats.
"I can probably put the film on from 2003," Crabtree said. "There's little, subtle changes along the way, but for the most part, you're going to get the same thing. They can probably say something similar about our team because our schemes have been very similar through the years.
"They're well-coached, they're probably as well-coached as any team. They're going to be physical, aggressive and tough."
Coffman and Davidson seem to be heading in opposite directions.
The Shamrocks have won two consecutive games and are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central, while the Wildcats have lost three of their last four games and are 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.
"We're not playing Davidson football at this point," Wildcats coach Brian White said. "We're making a lot of mental mistakes, physical sometimes. Unfortunately, we see our guys not putting out the effort from whistle to whistle that we always have been known for. We should have been showing much more improvement than what we have. I can take a lot of things, but I can't take a lack of hustle or effort."
Davidson leads the all-time series 23-14. The Wildcats won last year's meeting 24-7.
Coffman is coming off a 49-7 win at Central Crossing on Oct. 11, with Byron Threats rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Quarterback Connor Mathews passed for 131 yards and a touchdown against the Comets and has completed 62 of 103 passes for 687 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.
Mike Drennen, who has seen limited action this season because of a foot injury, rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on four carries against Central Crossing.
"We're doing OK," Crabtree said. "The jury is out. We have three weeks left like everybody else, so ask me after Week 10. ... Any coach will tell you there's still room to get better and everybody is hoping to still get better and coaches are getting better."
Coffman was projected to be first in Division I, Region 2 this week. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.
"They look exceptional," White said. "... They have some guys that haven't played for large portions of the year that are back. They appear to be getting more and more healthy as the year goes on."
Davidson lost 10-7 to host Upper Arlington on Oct. 11, ending a 12-game winning streak against the Golden Bears.
UA is led by first-year coach Jeremey Scally, a former Davidson assistant who was facing the Wildcats for the first time.
Davidson was limited to 143 total yards, with Jonathan Weir leading the way with 52 yards rushing on 11 carries. His 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Wildcats a 7-3 lead.
"It was a tough loss," White said. "The kids desperately wanted to win. The coaches wanted to win and keep the streak going against UA, but I guess every streak has to come to an end at some point. Kids are pretty resilient. I think kids are much more resilient than adults are, so they bounce back pretty quick."
Davidson was projected to be ninth in Division I, Region 3 this week.
"We're an average team right now going into a game against an extremely above-average team," White said. "I hate to use the term average, because they are really, really good and we're not right now."