The Centennial High School football team will be looking to shore up its defense when it plays host to East on Friday, Sept. 29.
The game will pit the Tigers' struggling offense against the Stars' struggling defense.
East enters the contest at 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the City-North Division after falling to Beechcroft 41-0 on Sept. 22. The Tigers have not scored more than eight points in any game this season and are averaging 5.4 points per contest.
Centennial is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the City-North. The Stars, who fell to Lucas 51-28 on Sept. 22, are allowing 42.6 points per game overall and 51.8 per game in their losses.
"Our defense did not play well (against Lucas)," coach Donte Goosby said. "It was a lot of the same issues that have been plaguing us all year -- lack of discipline and physicality up front and poor tackling across the board."
East is led by quarterback Ar'mon Mackey, running back Andres Waderker and receiver Shahqim Edwards. Against East, Mackey was 3-for-8 passing for 43 yards and also rushed for 43 yards on 12 carries. The Tigers had 110 total yards and five first downs.
Edwards has scored three of the Tigers' four touchdowns this season.
"They have a tall receiver (Edwards) who goes about 6-foot-3 and he's pretty solid," said Goosby, whose team beat East 40-6 last season. "They also have a lot of speed. We have to get stops and force turnovers. Offensively, we should be able to score some points. It's going to come down to how many stops we can get."
The Stars trailed Lucas 30-0 before receiver Craig Burt threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to receiver Syquee Womack, but Lucas scored the first 14 points of the second half for a 44-7 lead.
Centennial added touchdown passes from quarterback Jaylen Gilbert to Burt (48 yards) and Marquise Scott (26 yards) and a 4-yard touchdown run by Parker Johnson.