After finishing last season 2-8 and losing its opener against visiting Mifflin 46-10 on Aug. 26, Central Crossing looks to rebound at Rayland Buckeye Local on Friday, Sept 2.

After finishing last season 2-8 and losing its opener against visiting Mifflin 46-10 on Aug. 26, Central Crossing looks to rebound at Rayland Buckeye Local on Friday, Sept 2.

The Comets' offense struggled against the Punchers, gaining 59 yards rushing and four yards passing while committing four turnovers. Senior quarterback Dylan Simpson completed one of 10 passes and threw three interceptions, and sophomore running back Tre Whitehead ran for five yards on 13 attempts and lost a fumble.

Backup quarterback Luke Duncan, a sophomore, scored the Comets' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"We just didn't execute in the game," coach Chris Harr said. "There were a lot of little mistakes like blocking the wrong guy or lining up too deep or too shallow. When I saw the film, I saw those kinds of mistakes and not the ones that cannot be fixed."

Buckeye Local defeated visiting Utica 33-16 in its opener Aug. 27. Rayland is in eastern Ohio, along the Ohio River.

"Buckeye Local is a team with a tradition. They are a small-town team with a small-town feel where everyone goes to the game," Harr said. "We need to execute on offense and fix the little things and we can win. Their offense runs mostly through their running back. He's their main weapon."