The Central Crossing and Westland high school football teams met for the first time Friday, and officially a rivalry has been born.

The visiting Comets came away with a 13-0 victory in a turnover-filled contest played in on-again, off-again driving rain.

"We haven't had one before in the school history, we haven't had that opportunity and it was a great opportunity for our young men and their efforts," Central Crossing coach Rick Vaughn said of the inaugural matchup between the South-Western City schools. "They came to play. We came to play. Talk about a great atmosphere. The fans were excited. Everybody played hard and with class. It says a lot about our school district."

Neither team scored in the first half. Central Crossing fumbled twice and had a punting miscue, and Westland fumbled once and quarterback Jared South threw an interception to Central Crossing's Derek Jones.

The Cougars had their best opportunity on their first possession of the second half but came away empty when Jared Abram came around the end and blocked Brandon King's 21-yard field-goal attempt.

"I just came around untouched and it just hit me in the rib," Abram said. "I was excited about it."

Abram's heroics came into play after a three-and-out as Westland's Tyler Entingh fumbled and Abram pounced on the ball.

"I was seeing the ball and was like, 'Don't pick it up. Just fall on it, because it's muddy,'" he said.

Five plays later, Jayshun Jackson scored on a 3-yard run making it 7-0 with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter. The play was set up by a 32-yard pass play from Jeffrey Yates to received Torrey Smith. Yates fumbled the snap and quickly collected the ball before throwing deep to a wide-open Smith down the right sideline. Smith caught the ball in and fell to the 3 before Jackson scored on the next play.

Westland saw a golden opportunity go by the wayside in the early stages of the fourth quarter. After a 6-yard punt by Abram gave the Cougars the ball on Central Crossing's 16-yard line. A holding call on third down and a sack pushed Westland back and the Cougars were forced to punt.

Jackson added a 7-yard score with 1:25 remaining to seal the contest. Jackson rushed for a game-high 100 yards on 21 carries.

Chad Helsel led the Cougars with 59 yards on 16 carries.

CENTRAL CROSSING 0 0 7 6 - 13
WESTLAND 0 0 0 0 - 0
CC-Jackson 3 5 run (Jackson kick)
CC-Jackson 7 run (two-point conversion failed)