Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr is confident his team can bounce back from an 0-2 start.
Although the Comets lost at home to Whitehall 29-25 on Aug. 30 and Independence 44-32 on Sept. 6, Harr believes they are close to earning a win.
After two games last season, Central Crossing was 0-2 and had been outscored 80-7 in losses to Whitehall (40-7) and Independence (40-0).
"Last year after this week it was 80 points to seven, so there was a difference of 73 points," Harr said. "This year it's a difference of 16 points, so 73 points to 16 points. I know we want the win, but we're still showing progress. We're preaching kind of stay the course of what we're doing. We're progressing, we're getting better. It's not time to panic."
In the rematch against Independence, the Comets fell behind 28-3 in the first quarter.
"We gave up four or five big plays and that was kind of the difference," Harr said. "After that first quarter we played pretty well. We scored 29 points in the second half and almost made a comeback. We fell short a little bit."
Harr believes senior quarterback Luke Duncan has played a major role in the team's development.
Duncan is guiding the team's no-huddle offense for the second consecutive year and has been putting up solid numbers.
"The biggest thing is tempo," Duncan said. "You have to keep the offense going."
Through two games, Duncan is 28 of 52 passing for 374 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has 34 carries for 260 yards and a touchdown.
"He's turning heads," Harr said of Duncan. "He looks the part and he has the stats to go with it. The two things that we're missing are we need to cut back on the (interceptions) a little bit and we need to generate some wins. Those are really the only two things we have to fix as far as his legacy goes for this school."
Duncan also believes the Comets are on the verge of success.
"We're getting there," he said. "We're not quite where we want to be. We still need to improve. We're close. We just have to start off in the first half like we do in the second half. Once we do that, we'll be where we need to be. We just need to come out full speed, running everywhere, and get the tempo going and we'll do well."
The Comets visit Brookhaven on Friday, Sept. 13.
The Bearcats are 1-1 after a 27-2 loss to Marion-Franklin on Sept. 6. They defeated Columbus West 49-20 on Aug. 30.
Last season, the Bearcats finished 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the City League-North Division, second behind Beechcroft (7-0).
Seniors Bruce Foster and Paul Hughes are key returning players.
Foster, who had played linebacker since his freshman season, has replaced 2013 graduate Kevin Greenhow at quarterback.
Hughes plays linebacker and tight end.
"We know Brookhaven is athletic, but I think we'll be able to tire them down because a lot of their players go both ways, so hopefully we can keep the tempo going and keep them on the field," Duncan said. "Hopefully we can wear them down."