It took until the final week of the season, but Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr finally was able to call a play the team had worked on the entire season.
With the clock ticking down, senior quarterback Dylan Simpson walked up to the center, barked out signals, secured the snap and took a knee, and thus, “Victory Formation” came to fruition.
In doing so, the host Comets earned their first victory of the season, downing Westland 34-12 on Friday, Oct. 28, in OCC-Central Division play.
“Every week, you got to practice it,” Harr said. “That’s my favorite play.”
The Comets closed the season 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the OCC as the Cougars fell to 1-9 and 0-7.
Both teams started quickly, scoring touchdowns on their opening drives.
Central Crossing put together an 11-play, 59-yard drive, which ended with Tory Clark’s 4-yard run.
With the benefit of three penalties, Westland scored 25 seconds later when quarterback Myles Fowler scored on a 29-yard run to tie the game at 6.
Fowler put the Cougars ahead in the second quarter when he connected on a 27-yard scoring strike to Chris Butcher, making it 12-6.
The Comets struck back on the next drive and took a 13-12 when Tory Clark scored on a 1-yard run and Mack Bostard added the extra point.
Leading the Comets was Justin Jones, who rushed for a career-high 263 yards on 28 carries. Jones rushed for 192 yards in the second half and scored on runs of 17, 58 and 33 yards.
Jones’ first touchdown gave the Comets a 20-12 lead with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter, but it was his 58-yard score on the next possession that proved to be the dagger.
“It originally was supposed to be a motion,” Jones said of the call. “We just ran with it and I saw the safety and had him frozen then I made a move on him and was off to the races.”
“We thought we could win it up front in the trenches,” Harr said. “We thought we had a couple good athletes, like Justin, that could carry the load for us and they did.”
Jones closed the scoring with a 33-yard run with 2:34 remaining.
“I said, ‘Hey, this is the last time you are ever going to carry the ball in a Central Crossing uniform. Make it worthwhile,’” Harr said. “Sure enough, he busted another one for a touchdown. Heck of a play.”
Central Crossing leads the series 3-0, winning 33-12 last year and 13-0 in 2008.
WESTLAND 6 6 0 0 -- 12
CENTRAL CROSSING 6 7 7 14 -- 34
CC--Clark 4 run (kick blocked)
W--Fowler 29 run (kick blocked)
W--Butcher 8 pass from Fowler (kick failed)
CC--Clark 1 run (Bostard kick)
CC--Jones 17 run (Bostard kick)
CC--Jones 58 (Bostard kick)
CC--Jones 33 run (Bostard kick)