The Central Crossing High School football team enters the OCC-Central Division portion of its schedule having won two of its past three games, but an old nemesis and the two-time defending league champion awaits.
The Comets travel to struggling Hilliard Davidson on Friday, Sept. 29, hoping to not only build on their own successes but extend the Wildcats’ rough start and get a rare win in the series.
Central Crossing is 2-3 after a 27-7 win over Groveport on Sept. 22. That is one game better than Davidson, which after a 24-0 win over Grove City to start the season has lost four consecutive games for the first time since 1999.
“Our No. 1 goal as a team is to win our league and you generally can’t do that without beating Davidson,” coach Trevor White said. “That 1-4 record has come against a competitive schedule and they have been right there against everybody. They’re like us right now in that they’re probably disappointed in their start and are looking to get back on track.”
Davidson leads the all-time series 10-1. The Comets’ only win over the Wildcats came in 2014, 21-20 in overtime during a season that resulted in Central Crossing’s first playoff appearance.
Quarterback Ben Bohne completed eight of 13 passes for 135 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against Groveport.
Both touchdown passes went to Owen Lakso, who finished with five catches for 93 yards, and Tirese Kelso added 94 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries as Central Crossing outgained Groveport 306-172.
Kelso took the lead back role in the absence of Pierre France, who was out because of a sprained ankle. According to White, France is expected to play this week.
“Our effort has definitely carried over from week to week, and that can help you cover up a lot of deficiencies and make up for any mistakes,” White said. “We’re coming along in our system on both sides of the ball.”
Davidson finds itself in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Three of the Wildcats’ four losses have been by seven points or fewer, including a 14-10 setback at Lancaster on Sept. 22.
Kalib O’Connor rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries to pace Davidson’s running game.
Sean Carrier kicked a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter, and A.J. Van Voorhis caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Christian Sweet in the third to round out the scoring for the Wildcats, who were outgained 245-195.
Central Crossing finished 1-4 in the league last year, fifth behind Davidson (5-0).