PHOTO: SPRINGFIELD WR LARRY STEPHENS A TOLEDO PLEDGE
#1 SPRINGFIELD VS #3 DUBLIN COFFMAN at London HS
DUBLIN COFFMAN – WIN 17-7
SPRINGFIELD – WIN 28-17
DUBLIN COFFMAN – WIN 31-14
SPRINGFIELD – WIN 37-14**
DUBLIN COFFMAN – WIN 28-9
SPRINGFIELD – WIN 23-0**
In Division One this game may not get the respect it deserves as the Shamrocks and Wildcats are playing solid football on both sides of the ball and look to be evenly matched.
Both teams faced three common opponents this season winning each of the match-ups.
Coffman lost two games this season (Pickerington North, Hilliard Davidson) by a total of three points.
During the first two weeks of the playoffs the Shamrocks has been solid on defense giving up 14 points to Perrysburg and 17 points to Whitmer while being explosive on offense scoring over 40 points in both games.
In years past the Shamrocks enjoyed throwing the ball around the field. However, this is a different squad with quarterback Connor Mathews who can throw the ball around the field but is just as big of a threat running the ball. In the past two playoff games, Mathews has rushed for four touchdowns and 186 yards. This season Mathews has passed for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He’s joined running the ball by Bryon Threats who is coming off his biggest game of the season rushing for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Whitmer. On the season, Threats has over 1,000 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.
The player with all the scholarship offers is Michael Drennen II who has too many self-reported offers to mention. However, for whatever reason on field production has not matched his projected future at the college level.
The Wildcats fell in Week Two to Fairfield 16-12 have been playing lights out defense all season giving up an average of just over 10 points a game. However, reaching a regional championship game is new to this program but head coach Maurice Douglass has the experience to have this club prepared from his time at Trotwood-Madison.
Sophomore quarterback Te’Sean Smoot is a smooth passer with 2,176 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jeff Tolliver is coming off a 144-yard, two touchdown performance last week with Smoot’s main passing target being Toledo pledge Larry Stephens (988 yards, 11 TDs).
Defense has been key to the Wildcats success led by senior linebacker Xzerious Stinnett (129 tackles) and the emergence of sophomore defensive lineman Jokell Brown (64 tackles, 6.5 sacks). Another sophomore, Delian Bradley has proven to be a player to watch with a team leading three interceptions and 71 total tackles.
This games projects to be one of the better but less talked about match-ups with other bigger name Division One programs playing around the state.