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Central Crossing hopes to rebound against Independence

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The Central Crossing and Independence high school football teams enter their game Friday, Sept. 6, looking to bounce back from disappointing losses in week one.

Central Crossing led visiting Whitehall 12-7 entering the fourth quarter before the Rams scored 22 unanswered points to rally for a 29-25 win Aug. 30.

Whitehall had a 375-278 advantage in total yards.

Independence opened Aug. 29 by losing to visiting Northland 20-18.

The 76ers led 12-6 at halftime and 18-14 after three quarters before Northland sophomore running back Nateshawn Hargrove scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth for the winning points.

Senior DeAntae’ Townsend rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries and sophomore Ronnie Kuipers had 125 yards on 15 attempts to lead Independence.

Coach Maurice Douglas said Townsend sprained an ankle in the second quarter, and he did not return to the game. Earlier this week, Douglas said Townsend’s status for the game at Central Crossing was uncertain.

Comets coach Chris Harr said his team will need to contain the 76ers’ rushing attack.

“Independence is good,” Harr said. “They have a couple of (strong offensive) linemen and they run a couple of down schemes, and they’re going to pull and kick out. They bring it when they kick out, so it should be another great matchup for us here at home. They have a lot of guys that play both ways. We’re a two-platoon team. We think that we can wear people down if we play at our tempo.”

Independence defeated the Comets 40-0 last season, as it went on to finish 6-4.

Central Crossing went 2-8 a year ago.

Harr expects improvement this season and believes a win over Independence would help restore confidence after the loss in the opener.

Douglas said it will be important to contain Central Crossing senior quarterback Luke Duncan.

“After playing them a year ago, it seems like they’re a little bit better at the skill

positions, maybe a little bit faster,” Douglas said. “Their quarterback is obviously going to be a problem. We have some things to shore up. Going into a game like this, we really more than anything have to focus on ourselves. We weren’t very happy with the way we played the first night.”

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