After what's been a brutal OCC-Central Division schedule, the Central Crossing and Westland high school football teams look for their first league wins Friday at Westland.
Both schools are in the same boat of rebuilding their programs after missing a year when the South-Western City Schools District levy failed. The result for both has been a series of lopsided losses to some of the best teams in state, which also happen to be OCC-Central teams.
Both had to play defending Division I state champion Hilliard Davidson, which beat Westland 70-6 on Sept. 17 before beating Central Crossing 51-0 on Oct. 1. At 6-0, Davidson can clinch the league title with a win on Friday against Hilliard Darby.
Central Crossing lost to Thomas Worthington 38-13 last Friday to fall to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central. It was the Comets' sixth consecutive loss. Westland also suffered its sixth consecutive loss, losing to Hilliard Darby 42-13 last Friday to fall to 1-8 and 0-6.
Leading Central Crossing is quarterback Tory Clark and running back Jordan Keaton. Clark is a threat to run and pass.
He had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run in a 62-28 loss to Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 15.
Keaton is among the area leaders in punting. He also had a 92-yard kickoff return against Kilbourne as well as a 12-yard touchdown run. At defensive back last Friday, he had an 85-yard interception return.
Westland's offense features quarterback Korey Browning and running backs Phillip Allen and Reggie McClain Browning is 99 of 208 passing for 1,128 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.
McClain leads the team in rushing with 346 yards and Allen is second with 261. Devin Norris leads Westland in receiving with 43 catches for 543 yards.
Westland scored last Friday on touchdown passes of 53 and 20 yards from Browning to Devon Rogers.