Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr believes free safety Gino Siravo is a leader in a senior class that is attempting to change the mindset within the program.
The Comets are 4-31 in league play since 2007, with the four wins coming against Westland.
Still looking for that signature victory in the OCC-Central Division, Central Crossing visits Upper Arlington on Friday, Oct. 4.
“We’re still looking for a big win here in the OCC to try and solidify the seniors turning (around) the program and leaving it in a better place for the underclassmen,” Harr said. “We hope this week is the week that it happens.”
Siravo, who is one of five captains, has become a leader on and off the field and “has really matured over the last couple of years,” Harr said.
“He was voted in as a captain. That was huge because his teammates believe in him,” Harr said. “He’s always been one of those kids that leads by example on the field, but it’s the other little things that make you a man and a good citizen that you will take with you the rest of your life that he’s really improved on.”
Siravo, who leads the team with three interceptions, was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district in Division I last season.
He would like to play in college and has begun making visits, including one to Ohio Dominican on Sept. 28.
“That would mean a lot,” Siravo said. “It’s the next step from high school. I would have to focus harder.”
After beginning the season with losses to Whitehall (29-25 on Aug. 30) and Independence (44-32 on Sept. 6), the Comets defeated Brookhaven 10-7 on Sept. 13.
Central Crossing is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central after consecutive league losses to Olentangy Liberty (49-7 on Sept. 20) and Hilliard Davidson (66-20 on Sept. 27).
“Davidson is a good football team,” Siravo said. “We never quit on them. We came out with the mentality that we were going to win.”
The Comets are running a spread offense for the second consecutive season. They averaged a program-best 21.4 points last season, but after scoring 57 points in the first two games this season, the offense has slowed and is averaging 18.8 points.
Luke Duncan has completed 80 of 137 passes for 829 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions and rushed for 442 yards and five touchdowns on 87 carries. Noah Stephens has 31 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’d like to see us finish with a couple more wins,” Siravo said. “I know we can go out here and win a couple more games. We just have to work hard as a team and stay focused like we’ve always been doing.”
Grove City to visit Newark
Grove City will look to improve to 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio when it visits Newark on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Dawgs improved to 2-3 overall with a 55-0 win over Groveport on Sept. 27.
Newark is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Grove City coach Matt Jordan said his team can’t overlook the Wildcats.
“Their quarterback (Grant Russell) is really good and they’re big up front,” he said.
Against Groveport, Corey Williams rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries. Cameron Meece completed four of five passes for 85 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
“It was a big win for us,” Jordan said. “The Groveport kids played hard, but I thought our kids came out with the right mindset. It was a really good night for our kids and we needed it after two tough losses against Westerville South and Reynoldsburg.”
For the season, Meece has completed 28 of 52 passes for 325 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions and rushed for 556 yards and eight scores on 90 carries. Williams has 325 yards and one score on 48 carries.