The Groveport Madison High School football team will close out the non-league portion of its schedule Friday, Sept. 22, at Central Crossing.
The Cruisers are still seeking their first win after falling to 0-4 with a 33-7 loss to Pickerington Central on Sept. 15, while Central Crossing enters the game 1-3 after losing to Reynoldsburg 21-7 the same night.
"They've played some real tough competition and I know their coach (Trevor White) will get them turned around," coach Bryan Schoonover said of the Comets.
"He's in his first year there. He's a Groveport guy and a buddy of mine.
"From what I've seen, their defense is very fundamentally sound and they use a lot of formations and different looks on offense. We will have to make sure we're lining up in the right positions against all of their formations."
Reynoldsburg scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and led 21-7 at halftime. Central Crossing surrendered 393 total yards.
Quarterback Ben Bohne scored on a 1-yard run for the Comets, who defeated Grove City 49-48 on Sept. 8.
In that game, Bohne was 9-for-19 passing for 244 yards and a touchdown, kicked three extra points and threw for two two-point conversions as the Comets recorded their largest comeback in program history after trailing 35-20 in the third quarter. Wide receiver Owen Lakso caught five passes for 157 yards in the contest, and running back Pierre France had touchdown runs of 5, 6, 16 and 6 yards.
Groveport trailed Pickerington Central 27-0 at halftime and averted the shutout when defensive lineman Deahmi Guinn returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"Our kids gave great effort and we're getting better week by week," Schoonover said. "Unfortunately, we've lost four players for the season, and possibly a fifth. In addition to (receiver) Izayah Aekins, we lost (defensive end) Darrell Smoot and maybe (quarterback) Colin Kerns.
"On defense, Deahmi Guinn and (nose guard) Tykel Hancock-Anderson are playing well, and on offense, (running back) Wayne Blackshear and (tackle) Te-Rah Edwards are doing a good job for us."