McKinley 26, Dublin Coffman 17 (Sep. 13-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 3
McKinley will answer some questions against Coffman
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Sep 12, 2013 12:36 AM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON Anyone wondering how good McKinley is this year should get some answers Friday night at Fawcett Stadium.
“Our guys know the test that is in front of them,” Bulldogs head coach Todd Filtz said about the Dublin Coffman High School football team coming to town.
The Bulldogs and Shamrocks, a perennial playoff team from the Columbus area, kick off at 7 p.m. in an interesting non-league game for the two programs.
McKinley is undefeated and unscored upon through two games, but those results have come against a so-so Buchtel team and a Canadian team. The Shamrocks (1-1) present a different challenge, one that should be revealing.
“It’s not just a good football team. It’s a good football program,” Filtz said. “Anytime you have that in front of you, you have to bring your A-game or you’re going to leave with a loss.
“They’re obviously very well coached. ... And they have some very good athletes on that team that could cause us some problems.”
Coffman is 108-35 (.755) in head coach Mark Crabtree’s 13 years. The Shamrocks have been in the playoffs 10 of the past 12 years, winning three regional titles. They went 9-2 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Hilliard Davidson, a team with which they shared the Ohio Capital Conference-Central Division title.
Coffman has a tradition of great quarterback play, going back to the days of Brady Quinn. But the Shamrocks’ spread offense is driven by speedy tailback Dre Kendrick this year. The 5-foot-7, 163-pound junior rushed for 277 yards on 31 carries last week in a 30-17 loss to rival Dublin Scioto.
“They’re getting that guy the rock and he’s making things happen,” Filtz said.
Making things happen on the ground against the McKinley defense is difficult. Linebacker Jamal Davis leads a fast, aggressive front seven for the Bulldogs, who are allowing just 1.6 yards a carry.
McKinley’s defense was dissected by St. Ignatius’ passing game in a preseason scrimmage. While the Shamrocks aren’t at Ignatius’ talent level, they’ll still execute well and will challenge McKinley’s discipline.
Filtz, who took over as defensive coordinator this year after focusing on offense last year, felt this group could be special defensively. It hasn’t disappointed.
McKinley has allowed a grand total of 167 yards through two games and will try to become the first Bulldog defense to shut out its first three opponents since 1981 — a McKinley state title season.
“It’s fun when you keep a team out of the end zone,” Filtz said. “They’re experiencing that feeling now and they want to keep it going.”
Dublin Coffman at Canton McKinley
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Relatively new to the sport, Kwabena Amponsah continues to make strides on the football field as he reaches for the American dream.
The 5-foot-11, 231-pound defensive lineman for Dublin Coffman High School moved with his family from the African nation of Ghana when he was 6 years old, and he didn't play football until he was in eighth grade.
"I was seeing how much fun my friends were having together on the field, which is why I was drawn to the sport," said Amponsah, a senior. "The camaraderie is great in this sport."
Amponsah moved to the United States with his father, Oheneba, and mother, Faustina, as well as his sophomore brother Kwasi and freshman brother Kofi. Kwasi plays football at Coffman and Kofi plays basketball.
"We came over for the opportunities that you have over here," said Amponsah, who has a 3.4 GPA and wants to have a medical-related career. "My parents are big into academics and you can't beat the schooling in the United States."
In his short time playing football, Amponsah has impressed Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree.
In the first two games this season, he has three tackles for loss and a sack.
"Kwabena is one of the finest young men I've been around," said Crabtree, whose team fell to 1-1 after losing to Dublin Scioto 30-17 on Sept. 6. "He has a limited football background, but has developed into a great player. He had a very good junior year, and he's building on that now."
Amponsah, who started out in eighth grade as a two-way lineman and punter, said football wasn't an easy game to pick up.
"Probably the hardest part was learning all of the calls and the techniques," he said. "Even now, it's a new game to me. I'm still learning a lot about the game."
On Friday, Sept. 13, Amponsah and his teammates will have an opportunity to play at Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The game against Canton McKinley will include a 75th anniversary celebration of the stadium.
"I've been there and seen the field, but I haven't been on it," Amponsah said. "It should be a fun experience and I'm really looking forward to it."
McKinley improved to 2-0 by defeating London (Ontario) Sir Frederick Banting 35-0 on Sept. 7. The Bulldogs also defeated Akron Buchtel 35-0 on Aug. 30.
Leading the way for McKinley is junior quarterback Eric Glover-Williams, who has verbally committed to Ohio State. The 5-10, 155-pounder has rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns and is 9-for-17 passing for 130 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
"When you're up against a running quarterback like that, you have to just follow our basic alignments and stay in rushing and passing lanes," Amponsah said. "It all comes down to fundamentals."
McKinley senior running back Jarrod Smith (6-0, 190) has rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns.
COFFMAN at CANTON McKINLEY
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•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13
•Last meeting: First meeting
•Coffman (1-1) to date: Defeated Jerome 16-14; lost to Scioto 30-17
•McKinley (2-0) to date: Def. Akron Buchtel 35-0; def. London (Ontario) Sir Frederick Banting 35-0
•Top Shamrocks: Kwabena Amponsah (DL), George Boatang (DL), Jackson Hayes (LB), Dre Kendrick (RB), Reagan Malas (DB), Kyle Marcinick (WR), Dalton Maynard (LB), Sam McCollum (OL), Jared Nunn (DL) and Erik Stein (LB)
•Top Bulldogs: Jamal Davis (TE/LB), Eric Glover-Williams (QB/DB), Kortez Nelson (WR/DB), Tavontae Norwood (WR/DB), Chris Prowell-White (WR/DB), TreVon Richardson (OL/DL), Nikolas Ricks (TE/LB), James Smith (LB), Jarrod Smith (RB/DB) and Darius Smothers (WR/DB)
Preview: Dublin Coffman (1-1) at McKinley (2-0)
Sep 11, 2013 11:16 PM
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK Dublin Scioto 30, Coffman 17; McKinley 35, Banting (Ont.) 0
LAST MEETING First meeting.
THE MATCHUP McKinley faces its toughest opponent to date. The Shamrocks come into Fawcett Stadium humbled. Dublin Coffman trailed 30-3 in the fourth quarter last week before scoring twice to make the final more respectable against Dublin Scioto. The Shamrocks were burned by the big play. Scioto scored on a 65-yard fumble return, a 97-yard run, a 39-yard pass and a 60-yard run. McKinley has a big play waiting to happen in junior QB Eric Glover-Williams, who is averaging 9.1 yards a carry. His backfield mate, senior Jarrod Smith, is averaging 6.9 yards a carry. Coffman has a strong defensive interior that will undoubtedly try to force the Bulldogs to the air, where they’ve attempted only 17 passes this season. It stands to reason that McKinley will have to make some plays in the passing game to beat a quality opponent such as Coffman. McKinley’s rugged run defense will be tested by Coffman RB Dre Kendrick (5-7, 163), who rushed for 277 yards on 31 carries but did not get into the end zone against Scioto. He has 407 rushing yards through two games. McKinley’s defense has allowed 95. Coffman’s spread offense will test the discipline of McKinley’s secondary, which struggled against St. Ignatius’ spread in a preseason scrimmage. The Shamrocks have played two QBs — junior Ben Beckett and sophomore Gunnar Hoak — and McKinley isn’t sure which one they’ll see Friday. McKinley head coach Todd Filtz expects to have both WR Deonte Settles and WR-QB-DB Bryce Short available Friday. If he plays, it will be Settles’ McKinley debut after coming over from Canton South. Coffman kicker John McGue hit three field goals, including a 40-yarder with less than four minutes left, to give the Shamrocks a 16-14 win against Dublin Jerome in Week 1. “We have our work cut out for us in all three phases,” Filtz said. “This isn’t just any team walking into Fawcett Stadium. This is a good football team and we’ve got to play well.” The Shamrocks hosted Perry last year and hung 529 yards on the Panthers in a 40-7 win. They came to Stark County in 2011 and beat Perry 34-16.
McKinley turns it on before half
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Sep 14, 2013 12:31 AM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON Slow starts in the first and third quarters by his Bulldogs continue to befuddle McKinley High School head football coach Todd Filtz.
Whatever the Bulldogs’ problems are coming out of the locker room, they were trumped Friday night by a flash-and-bash second quarter courtesy of Eric Glover-Williams and the McKinley defensive front seven.
Glover-Williams provided the flash and the defense most definitely provided the bash as McKinley scored all of its points in the second quarter of a 26-17 win against Dublin Coffman.
To be clear, the bashing continued from McKinley’s defense throughout the night to offset an offense that sputtered at times.
“We just wanted to go hard and keep going,” said McKinley senior defensive lineman Tre’Von Richardson. “Keep pushing.”
The Bulldogs (3-0) hit like they were mad at the Shamrocks. Richardson, Nick Faulkner, Maurice Horner and Jacque McClellan led a front that simply overwhelmed the Shamrocks (1-2) at times. Linebackers Jamal Davis, James Smith and Nikolas Ricks filled holes with bad intentions.
“I think us hitting them for four quarters really paid dividends,” Filtz said. “It all comes from those defensive guys playing with energy. When they do, it’s demoralizing.”
The defense rose up at a key juncture, when McKinley’s seemingly strong grip on the game started to slip.
After Coffman’s CJ Saunders returned the second-half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to cut McKinley’s lead to 26-14, a quick Bulldog possession gave the ball right back to the Shamrocks.
Dre Kendrick, who rushed for 277 yards in a Coffman loss last week, shook loose for his only big run of the night and set up the Shamrocks inside McKinley’s 10.
With Coffman threatening to cut its deficit to one score, the Bulldogs got nasty.
Davis, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound middle backer with a pocketful of Division I scholarship offers, rocked Coffman ball carrier Aaron Pape for a 3-yard loss on second down. Faulkner then dropped QB Gunnar Hoak for a sack, and Coffman had to settle for a 25-yard John McGue field goal.
“It was a huge stand for our defense,” Filtz said. “(Coffman) stole the momentum from the freaking kickoff. I couldn’t believe it. We’ve got to tackle that kickoff and they probably end with seven points. … But it was good. Ultimately, our kids faced a little bit of adversity and when their backs were against the wall, they stepped up and made plays.”
Really, that field goal represented the only points that should go against the McKinley defense, which went nine quarters without allowing a point.
A muffed punt by Glover-Williams inside his own 10 led to a 6-yard TD run by Kendrick on the first play of the second quarter.
Coffman finished with 142 yards on 52 offensive plays. Kendrick ran for 100 yards on 26 carries.
“They’re fast,” Coffman coach Mark Crabtree said of the McKinley defense. “Their defensive line comes off the football and their linebackers fill. They’re active. They’ve got good feet. They can play.”
After missing on his first seven pass attempts, Glover-Williams completed three of his next four, all to Chris Prowell-White.
The first completion, a 22-yarder, seemed to open the floodgates early in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs scored on three straight possessions, with Glover-Williams dazzling on multiple runs.
“When we can do both things, we’re a very effective offense,” Filtz said.
Ricks scored from 6 yards out one play after a 50-yard run by Glover-Williams. Glover-Williams added TD runs of 8 and 6 yards as McKinley went from down 7-0 to up 19-7 in a little more than eight minutes of game clock. The sensational junior and future Ohio State Buckeye rushed for 107 yards in the first half and finished with 162 yards on 29 carries overall.
Fittingly, the Bulldog defense put the punctuation point on the quarter.
Horner read a Coffman screen pass and leaped to intercept it. He quickly made a cut to avoid a tackle and sprinted 46 yards for a TD and a 26-7 Bulldog lead.
Prowell-White finished with four receptions for 108 yards.
Jarrod Smith, whose hard inside running is a nice compliment to Glover-Williams’ showtime style, added 93 yards on 20 carries for McKinley.
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