A pair of teams in the midst of building their programs will meet Friday, Aug. 26, when the Central Crossing High School football team plays host to Mifflin in a non-league game.
The Punchers were a combined 5-25 from 2007-09 before finishing 5-5 last season, in which they opened with a 42-14 victory over the visiting Comets.
Now in its ninth season, Central Crossing has won more than two games just once in its history - in 2003 when it was 3-7.
After not fielding a team in 2009 because of the cancelation of fall sports as a result of a South-Western City Schools levy failure, the Comets returned last fall and finished 2-8 in coach Chris Harr's first season. Their wins came over Franklin Heights (34-20) and Westland (33-12).
Second-year Punchers coach Gregg Miller has a group of talented athletes to work with, including senior Troy Robinson (WR/DB) and juniors Derrick Pope (RB) and Kamaron Green (WR/DB). Robinson made second-team all-district in Division II last year, while Pope rushed for more than 900 yards and made special mention all-district.
A year ago, the Punchers held opponents to an average of 20.2 points and won two of their last three games, including a 22-20 win over Brookhaven in their season finale.
The Comets have a new quarterback in senior Dylan Simpson, with junior Zack Wyatt and sophomore Tre Whitehead expected to share time at tailback alongside junior fullback Trevor Brown.
While the Punchers have more than 50 players out and expect to have an offensive line that averages more than 300 pounds, Central Crossing has just 40 players and will have numerous underclassmen in key roles.