FINDLAY — Jameel Williamson got the Dublin Coffman football team rolling by returning the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and the third-seeded Shamrocks never looked back in a 42-17 victory over second-seeded Toledo Whitmer in a Division I, Region 2 semifinal Nov. 15 at the University of Findlay’s Donnell Stadium.
Coffman improved to 10-2 and will play top-seeded Springfield in the regional final Nov. 22 at a neutral site. The Wildcats (12-1) defeated fourth-seeded Dublin Jerome 37-14 in the other semifinal Nov. 15.
Whitmer finished 10-2.
“My dad, Booker Williamson, has been sick and hadn’t seen me for a few weeks, so when I saw him in the stands, I knew I had to do something big,” Williamson said. “I knew they would try to keep the ball away from me and Bryon (Threats), so I told Devon (Williams) to let me come up and get the ball. I jumped up and got the ball and took off for my life.”
The Shamrocks built a 21-3 lead by halftime, adding a 41-yard touchdown run by quarterback Connor Mathews in the first quarter and a 62-yard touchdown run by Threats with 11 minutes, 52 seconds left in the second quarter.
Threats rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
“We needed to come out and make a statement,” Threats said. “Jameel got it started for us and we kept making plays.”
In the first half, the Shamrocks bottled up the two top offensive threats for Whitmer. Running back Jared Banks entered the game with 2,095 yards and 28 touchdowns, but was held to 63 yards on 15 carries in the first half. He finished the game with 116 yards and two scores on 34 carries.
Quarterback Riley Keller, a Bowling Green recruit, was 0-for-8 passing with an interception and was sacked once by Nick Sayles in the first half. He finished 5-for-25 passing for 108 yards and two interceptions, both by Cam Kirk.
“I got tired of our coaches talking about their running back all week and I wanted to do something about that,” said Threats, who also played snaps at linebacker. “I knew we had to step up and make plays.”
The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 28-17 thanks to a pair of recovered onside kicks, but the Shamrocks answered with a 60-yard touchdown run by Mathews and a 69-yard touchdown run by Threats.
“We made some mistakes, but that gives us something to work on,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said. “We came out and did some good things against a really good team.”
The Shamrocks finished with 409 total yards, including 393 on the ground. Mathews rushed for 117 yards and two scores on 12 carries.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DUBLIN COFFMAN 14 7 7 14 42 TOLEDO WHITMER
3 0 14 0 17
DC—Williamson 83 kickoff return (Magyar kick)
TW—Gibbons 24 FG
DC—Mathews 41 run (Magyar kick)
DC—Threats 62 run (Magyar kick)
DC—Diallo 28 run (Gibbons kick)
TW—Banks 1 run (Gibbons kick)
TW—Banks 1 run (Gibbons kick)
DC—Mathews 60 run (Magyar kick)
DC—Threats 69 run (Magyar kick)