The OCC-Central Division portion of the Central Crossing High School football team's schedule began in an all-too-familiar fashion, and now the Comets have to face another opponent against which they have struggled.
Coming off a 31-0 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 28, the Comets will visit state-ranked and undefeated Dublin Coffman on Friday, Oct. 5.
Central Crossing, which dropped to 3-3 with the loss, has been shut out each of the past two years against the Shamrocks, losing 35-0 last year and 42-0 in 2016 to trail the all-time series 10-1. The Comets' loss to Davidson was their third consecutive shutout loss in that series.
"Coffman and Davidson are two great teams who just happen to do things differently," coach Trevor White said. "Davidson is as physical a team as we will see all year. Coffman will spread you out and do a lot of things offensively and show odd-man fronts defensively. Things don't get any easier for sure."
Central Crossing was held to a season-low 74 yards of offense and five first downs against Davidson. Running back Pierre France was limited to 33 yards on 13 carries and had all but seven of the Comets' yards on the ground.
Coffman, which was ranked sixth in Division I in last week's state poll, improved to 6-0 with a 23-17 overtime win at Marysville on Sept. 29 in the OCC-Central opener for both teams. The game was postponed a day because of a power outage.
Versatile junior Mike Drennen helped rally the Shamrocks from a 14-0 first-half deficit, catching touchdown passes of 10 and 16 yards from Ethan Brown -- the latter with 1 minute, 21 seconds left to give Coffman a 17-14 lead - before scoring the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run in overtime.
Through five games, Drennan had 429 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 82 carries, and Brown had completed 35 of 64 passes for 520 yards. Moussa Diallo had rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries.
Central Crossing's only win over Coffman was in 2015, 48-42 in overtime.
"There aren't a ton of positives to take out of a 31-0 loss, but I did like how we competed physically," White said. "If we do that and learn from the mistakes we made, we can win some games the rest of the year."