The 2016 season opener for the Springfield Wildcats against Dublin Coffman was postponed by lightning with 5:27 left in the second quarter Friday. It will resume at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Wittenberg’s Edwards-Maurer Field with Coffman holding a 14-7 lead.
Springfield’s defense got off to a good start. It forced a punt at its own 44-yard line on Coffman’s first drive. On Dublin’s second drive, Springfield got a stop on 4th-and-4 at its own 34-yard line.
A personal foul doomed Springfield’s first drive. On its second drive, using a run-heavy offense, Springfield marched to the Coffman 3 and scored on a run by Leonard Taylor, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior defensive end who announced earlier in the week he was backing off his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan.
Taylor rushed nine times for 27 yards as a sophomore and scored three touchdowns.
Springfield’s lead didn’t last long. Dublin tied the game on its next possession, scoring on an 18-touchdown pass from Drew Hodgson to Boston College recruit Caleb Stoneburner with 11:47 left in the second quarter.
Then with 5:27 left in the second quarter, freshman Mike Drennen II scored on a 4-yard run. Coffman led 14-7.
Lighting delayed the game just after that touchdown. Games across the Dayton and Springfield area were delayed or postponed.
Coffman beat Springfield 41-7 in the season opener in 2015. The Wildcats trailed 21-0 at the start of the second quarter in that game and 35-7 at halftime.
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