Central Crossing's future appears bright
Although his team fell short of its expectations, Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr believes there were several accomplishments that point to a bright future.
The Comets switched from a power-I formation to a spread offense and set a program record for scoring average at 21.4 points per game. The previous high was 14.1 in 2010.
Last season, the Comets averaged 8.1 points.
"It wasn't the record we wanted, but we always say you get better or get worse, you never stay the same," Harr said. "I really feel like we got a lot better."
The Comets closed the season by beating Westland 34-14 on Oct. 26. Central Crossing leads the series 4-0.
The Comets finished 2-8 overall and seventh in the OCC-Central Division at 1-6, behind co-champions Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Davidson (6-1), Olentangy Liberty (5-2), Upper Arlington (5-2), Marysville (3-4) and Thomas Worthington (2-5) and ahead of Westland (0-7).
Tory Clark, who was one of 20 seniors, led the team in rushing with 837 yards and 10 touchdowns on 116 carries. He also caught 35 passes for 639 yards and six touchdowns.
Clark, who had 2,169 all-purpose yards, was first-team all-league and second-team all-district in Division I as a defensive back.
Junior quarterback Luke Duncan was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. He completed 117 of 230 passes for 1,782 yards with 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions and rushed for 515 yards and seven touchdowns on 175 carries.
Junior Gino Siravo (DB) was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Junior Dwight Diggs (OL) was special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district, and senior Jakob Welch (WR) was honorable mention all-league and special mention all-district.
Welch led the team in receiving with 46 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns.
Junior Michael Traversa (WR) had 35 catches for 271 yards.
Senior Trevor Brown (LB) led the team in tackles with 84, followed by sophomore Shane Maxey (DL) with 83.5 and senior Kyle Farris (DB) with 49.
"Our defense was better this year," Harr said.
Senior Isaac Eggleton (OL) was pleased with the improvement on offense.
"The new system took a while for us to get used to and once the season progressed, we seemed more comfortable with the plays," he said. "The offense was a lot more exciting this year and we put up a lot more points and a lot more yards than the past couple of years, so it was a lot better overall."
Harr expects junior Mario Melucci (WR) and freshman Rob Fusner (LB) to be other key returning players next season.
"We have a whole lot of freshmen that are really going to compete next year for positions as sophomores," Harr said. "We have just a phenomenal freshman group."
After beginning the season with losses to Whitehall (40-7 on Aug. 24) and Independence (40-0 on Aug. 31), the Comets defeated Franklin Heights 35-12 on Sept. 7.
Central Crossing lost six consecutive league games before defeating Westland in the finale. The Comets averaged 33 points over their last three contests.
"I know the kids are buying in to the coaches and the concepts on offense and defense a lot more," Harr said. "The kids are real excited to progress into next year."