Coming off another emotional win over its crosstown rival, the Central Crossing High School football team quickly turned its attention to attaining what could be a signature victory in hopes of earning its first playoff berth since 2015.
The Comets will play host to high-flying and undefeated Reynoldsburg on Friday, Sept. 14, a matchup in which Central Crossing is 0-4 all-time.
Sparked by Anthony Lowe's 97-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Central Crossing improved to 2-1 with a 38-14 win at Grove City on Sept. 6. Lowe also caught a 53-yard touchdown pass in the first half and made an interception at defensive back to end the Dawgs' final drive. The Comets led 31-0 by halftime and improved to 3-0 all-time against Grove City.
Lowe is recovering from a torn ligament in his right thumb and a broken left ring finger suffered this summer.
"I expect myself to make big plays," Lowe said. "I've been through some adversity but we came through. We didn't let up."
Running back Pierre France rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and quarterback Kameron Peck completed five of 10 passes for 117 yards and a score.
"We still have to be able to put everything together for four quarters ... but you go two quarters like we had, that's what we want to see," coach Trevor White said. "It was a little bit of everything (Sept. 6). Every phase contributed.
"This rivalry is huge. They grew up knowing each other. They had been ready for this game for a long time. It's a special group of players."
After edging Upper Arlington 17-14 in its opener Aug. 24, Reynoldsburg has averaged 40 points the past two weeks in defeating Licking Heights 44-0 on Aug. 31 and Marion-Franklin 36-6 on Sept. 7. Running back/defensive lineman Dezman Cooper rushed for 45 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and quarterback Michael Whatley completed eight of 15 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Red Devils, whom Reynoldsburg outgained 343-116.
Reynoldsburg has four Football Bowl Subdivision commits in two-way lineman Jay Amburgey (Ohio University), defensive linemen Jeremiah Burton (Ohio), defensive back/wide receiver Camby Goff (Air Force) and wide receiver Mershawn Rice (Purdue).
The Raiders are 3-0 for the first time since 1995.
"We're happy with the (Grove City) win but this is going to be a tough week," Peck said. "Reynoldsburg is 3-0 and they're going to be a tough team. They're going to throw a lot at us. We will just have to focus, study, read our keys and stay disciplined."