Centennial High School cross country coach Rhonda Reese was thrilled when more than 40 athletes came out to run for her boys and girls teams.
The Centennial High School football team plays Friday, Sept. 5, at Franklin Heights in a rematch of a game the Stars won 48-47 last season en route to a 4-6 finish.
Centennial opened Aug. 29 at Grandview. Franklin Heights, which finished 1-9 last season, opened Aug. 29 at Columbus West.
Senior quarterback Jeremy Johnson, in his third season as the starter and one of nine returning starters in Centennial's spread offense, completed 26 of 40 passes for 247 yards and five touchdowns against Franklin Heights a year ago.
The Stars rallied from a 35-21 fourth-quarter deficit, as Tyler Patterson rushed 10 yards for a score to tie the game at 41 with just over six minutes left and Johnson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Patterson with 28.2 seconds remaining.
Patterson and fellow seniors Tyler Hill and Anthony Slappy headline Centennial's wide receiver corps.
The Falcons' 4-2-5 defense features seven returning starters, including senior linebacker Alonzo Longshore, who was special mention all-OCC-Capital last season.
The Stars' 4-3 defense features 10 returning starters, including junior Cole Murray (FS), Slappy (SS), Hill (CB) and Patterson (CB) in the secondary.
The Falcons' multiple-spread offense returns seven starters in junior receiver Seth Dawkins, senior receiver Day Summerall, senior quarterback Ray Spangler, senior running backs Armane Cotton and Mitch Kittinger, senior tackle Justin Harris and senior guard David Haynes.
Dawkins was honorable mention all-district in Division II and second-team all-league a year ago, while Harris was first-team all-league and Haynes was honorable mention all-league.