Despite its record, the Hilliard Davidson High School football team begins the second half of the season with a major goal still intact.
The Wildcats begin defense of their OCC-Central Division championship when they play host to Central Crossing on Friday, Sept. 29. Davidson is 1-4 and is looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
“Our No. 1 goal is to win the league and I suppose that goal is still intact, but as poorly as we have played up to this point, I don’t know that’s something we can necessarily set our sights on,” coach Brian White said. “We need to worry about getting through practice (Sept. 19) and seeing if we can get better.”
Davidson, which is the two-time defending OCC-Central champion, went 5-0 in the league last season and has won 14 consecutive league games. Its last loss in league play came in Week 8 of the 2014 season, 21-0 to Olentangy Liberty. Liberty is now in the OCC-Buckeye.
Central Crossing is 2-3 but has won two of its last three games, including a 27-7 victory over Groveport on Sept. 22. Comets quarterback Ben Bohne passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, receiver Owen Lakso caught both touchdown passes and running back Tyrese Kelso had 94 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Cruisers.
The Wildcats lead the series 10-1, with the Comets’ win coming in 2014, 21-20 in overtime at Davidson.
“You turn on the film and they have some really good-looking (athletes), and they always have down there,” White said. “... I know that Trevor (White), their new coach, is going to bring stability, discipline and structure that maybe they’ve been starving for down there just a little bit.”
Davidson is coming off a 14-10 loss at Lancaster on Sept. 22.
“We gave ourselves a chance (to win),” White said. “We didn’t necessarily play with the emotion and the energy that we usually do to deserve to win, but we gave ourselves a chance late in the game. For whatever reason, we can’t seem to finish anything. Our kids fight hard, they play hard, but there’s still something missing at this point.”
Kalib O’Connor led the Wildcats with 61 yards rushing on 14 carries against the Golden Gales.
For the season, Ben Wright has a team-high 264 yards and four touchdowns on 89 carries and O’Connor has rushed for 229 yards on 72 carries.