Grove City Record

Football

Comets continue to make progress

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Quarterback Luke Duncan believes his 17-member senior class helped in the continued improvement of the Central Crossing High School football program.

Although the Comets hoped to win more games, Duncan believes the team is heading in the right direction.

Central Crossing finished 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Central Division.

"We improved as the season progressed," Duncan said. "We really didn't accomplish the goals that we set for the year, but the seniors did a good job leading the team and I believe the team will progress a lot more next year."

The Comets' league win came against Westland, 32-18 in the season finale Nov. 1 at home.

Their other win came against Brookhaven, 10-7 on Sept. 13. The Bearcats qualified for the Division III, Region 9 playoffs and defeated Chillicothe 29-27 in the first round Nov. 8.

"It shows what we can do when we play how we should and play to our potential," Duncan said of the win over Brookhaven.

Sophomore Noah Stephens is expected to be a big part of the program's future after being named first-team all-league. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver caught 60 passes for 712 yards and six touchdowns.

Senior defensive back Gino Siravo and junior defensive end Shane Maxey were second-team all-league. Siravo led the team in tackles with 84 and interceptions with four, and Maxey had 63 tackles.

Senior wide receiver Michael Traversa had 54 receptions for 727 yards and three touchdowns and was special mention all-league.

Duncan, who was honorable mention all-league, completed 158 of 274 passes for 1,703 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and rushed for 614 yards and eight touchdowns on 157 carries.

Sophomore running back Colter Bass rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and sophomore receiver Christian Miranda had seven catches for 122 yards and a score.

Junior running back Ethan Swank added 18 catches for 105 yards and junior linebacker Mason Peck had two interceptions.

"I'm more excited than I've ever been," coach Chris Harr said. "Nine sophomores played starter minutes and 12 sophomores played a lot with special teams. On varsity, we competed better than we ever had with younger kids, so to me that is exciting. It's exciting to know that we can pinpoint different areas that we have to fix compared to just a ton of things that you're thinking about."

Harr credited the senior class for playing a role in the program's improvement.

"This was my first group of freshmen when I came in," he said. "It was kind of neat to see those kids go from freshmen to seniors. We didn't have a whole lot of them that made it all four years. Some were three years and took a year off, but they definitely laid the foundation for a few things, one being work ethic. We really changed the culture of how hard we work in the offseason and they were part of that."

Central Crossing finished seventh in the OCC-Central behind Hilliard Davidson (7-0), Dublin Coffman (6-1), Marysville (4-3), Olentangy Liberty (4-3), Upper Arlington (4-3) and Thomas Worthington (2-5) and ahead of Westland (0-7).

Davidson, Coffman and Marysville qualified for the playoffs in Division I.

"We're excited to be able to play in that league and if you can beat some of those teams then you can be a playoff team just like them," Harr said.

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