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Thomas Worthington at Central Crossing

Cardinals (3-4, 1-3 in OCC-Central) <> Comets (1-6, 0-4)

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Thomas will be looking to end a two-game losing streak when it travels to Central Crossing on Friday, Oct. 18, for an OCC-Central contest.

The Cardinals lost to Marysville 24-17 on Oct. 11 to fall to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the league. The Monarchs improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Central with the victory.

"We played pretty well for most of the game, moved the ball, but made some big miscues that cost us," coach Scott Gordon said. "We left 20 points out there. We dropped two passes in the end zone and we missed two field-goal attempts. One (field-goal attempt) hit the post and the other appeared to be over the upright and we didn't get the call. We had a 78-yard touchdown run called back because of a holding penalty."

The Cardinals trailed by seven points with just under two minutes remaining but were unable to recover an onside kick following a 43-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Danny Gordon to running back Tony Harvard.

Harvard rushed for 169 yards on 29 carries against Marysville and is on the cusp of 1,000 yards for the season, as he has 989 on 155 carries. Fullback Nick Petrucelli scored the Cardinals' other touchdown against the Monarchs on a 2-yard run and Ben Frazier made a 29-yard field goal.

Against the Monarchs, Gordon was 13-for-25 passing for 134 yards and wide receiver Brandon Miller had seven receptions for 75 yards.

Central Crossing lost to Dublin Coffman 47-23 on Oct. 11 to fall to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the league. The Comets' win came against Brookhaven, 10-7 on Sept. 13.

"I don't know a lot about Central Crossing this season yet, but I've heard they use a lot of two-way players and we're going to try to exploit that by wearing them down," coach Gordon said. "I know they always play hard and have a good game plan.

"I'm sure they point at us and think this is a game they can get. We were in the same situation last year and barely won (28-27), so we need to stay focused and be ready to play."

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