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Shamrocks out to handle expectations
By AARON BLANKENSHIP
ThisWeek Staff Writer

Much hype surrounds the Dublin Coffman


High School football team — which has five
Division I college recruits — entering its opener
Friday at home against Troy.
Coffman finished 9-4 overall last season after
losing to eventual Division I state champion
Hilliard Davidson 28-20 in a regional final. It
went 3-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division behind
Davidson (5-0) and Upper Arlington (4-1) and
ahead of Westerville North (2-3), Grove City
(1-4) and Reynoldsburg (0-5).
“There’s been a lot of hype, but we’re not
involved in any of that,” coach Mark Crabtree
said. “That’s other people’s beliefs and expec-
tations. ... I think we’ve got the talent and chem-
istry to be a successful team, but we’ve got to
go out there each week and get it done on the
field.”
The Shamrocks’shotgun spread offense will
be led by their Division I recruits, featuring
senior lineman Mike Adams (6-foot-8, 300
pounds), senior wide receiver Trey Fairchild
(5-11, 185), senior running back Steve Gardiner
(6-0, 205), senior wide receiver Jake Stoneb-
urner (6-4, 225) and senior quarterback Zack
Stoudt (6-4, 205).
Adams and Stoneburner have made verbal
commitments to Ohio State and Fairchild has By Jon Malis/ThisWeek
committed Syracuse. Gardiner has been offered
scholarships by more than a dozen Division I Coffman quarterback Zack Stoudt is tackled by Pickerington North’s Donte Summerall during their scrimmage Aug. 10.
schools, including Northwestern and Pittsburgh.
Stoudt has been offered by Bowling Green and

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Last year, Stoneburner had 63 receptions for
946 yards and eight touchdowns, and Fairchild
had 51 catches for 766 yards and six touch-
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rushed for three more scores. Gardiner rushed
for 996 yards and nine touchdowns on 174 car-
ries.As a backup to graduate Zak Kristan, Stoudt
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completed 21 of 32 passes for 187 yards.
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“We’ve definitely got a lot of talent back on
offense,” Gardiner said. “The strong point of Dublin Schools
our team is probably going to be our passing
game. Zach injured a knee early last year and
that slowed him down a little bit and took away
from his playing time. But we all know what
he can do, and he’s looking forward to proving

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