The football team will be seeking to bounce back from a 62-13 loss to Northland in its City-North Division opener Sept. 15 when it plays host to Lucas on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Cubs compete in Division VII and returned six starters on both sides of the ball after finishing 7-4 last year. They lost to Arlington 21-19 in the first round of the Region 26 playoffs.

Lucas enters the game 3-1 after beating Troy Christian 50-12 on Sept. 15. Centennial is 1-3.

The Cubs run the wing-T offense, in which quarterback Jeb Grover and running back Jackson Hauger are standouts. Grover rushed for 1,926 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and Hauger added 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Other offensive standouts are fullback Eli Mayer and receivers Carson Hauger and Reid Mounts. The line is led by tackle Jimmy Sweat and guard Isaac Selvey.

Many of the same players lead Lucas' 4-4 defense. Selvey and Alec Scott are ends and Sweat is at tackle. Grover and the Hauger brothers lead the secondary and Tristen Arnold is a standout at linebacker.

The Stars must become a better practice team, coach Donte Goosby said.

"We are still not a good practice team and we aren't very tough physically," he said. "Those things kill us defensively, which is why we have struggled on that side of the ball."

Centennial is allowing 40.5 points per contest.

"Against Lucas, we have to get productivity from our defensive front six or front seven," Goosby said. "We haven't gotten key stops in key situations and that is something that has to change."

Northland posted 482 total yards, including 256 passing and four touchdowns on just 10 completions.

The Stars' offense had 160 total yards, but only 36 on the ground on 27 rushes.

"We are showing improvement on that side of the ball," Goosby said. "(Quarterback) Jaylen Gilbert is getting more comfortable in his role and we have receivers that can complement Craig Burt. Syquee Womack and Chris Street have added depth at receiver, but Chris dislocated his shoulder and will have tests."

Goosby also praised the play of running backs Marquise Scott and Luchene Davis.

Against Northland, Gilbert ran for touchdowns of 4 and 3 yards.