Central Crossing High School football coach Trevor White said two things stood out this season when the Comets played well.

"The No. 1 thing was energy. Everything clicked when our energy was up," White said. "(Also), when we were healthy, that gave us a huge boost.

"That said, we were not happy with our record. It's not acceptable, and it's something we have to work hard to improve. Our guys have shown me that they possess the ability to work hard and improve, and I want to see a lot of that during the offseason."

Central Crossing went 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Central Division, losing its last two games to fall short of its first winning season since 2015. The Comets went 3-2 in non-league games with its wins coming by an average of 26.3 points but lost its league games by an average of 24 points.

Two Comets set two program records.

Senior running back Pierre France became the team's all-time leading rusher, rushing for 782 yards and seven touchdowns on 181 carries to end his career with 422 carries for 1,883 yards and 17 scores.

Junior defensive back/wide receiver Anthony Lowe set the season mark for interceptions with seven. He also caught 16 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns.

"Anthony does a little bit of everything for us -- kick returns, punt returns, some running back and, of course, he's our main wide receiver. He knows how much we expect from him and he delivers," White said. "It's going to be tough to replace Pierre on and off the field. He has done so much for this program."

Central Crossing opened with a 22-20 loss at Marion-Franklin on Aug. 24 before winning back-to-back games, 33-8 over Beechcroft on Aug. 31 and 38-14 at Grove City on Sept. 6 to improve to 3-0 all-time against the Dawgs.

The Comets split their final two non-league games, losing to Reynoldsburg 48-7 on Sept. 14 before beating Newark 30-0 on Sept. 21.

Central Crossing's only OCC-Central win came against Westland, 31-20 on Oct. 12. The Comets have won all 10 games against the Cougars.

Their league losses came against Hilliard Davidson (31-0 on Sept. 28), Dublin Coffman (27-9 on Oct. 5), Upper Arlington (24-7 on Oct. 19) and Marysville (36-6 on Oct. 26). The Comets finished fifth in the OCC-Central behind champion Davidson (5-0).

Senior quarterback Kameron Peck completed 56 of 120 passes for 904 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 123 yards and four scores on 55 carries. Senior Kameron Inks caught 25 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

"(Peck) showed a lot of growth as a leader," White said. "He was never perfect but he got better all year. He's one of the toughest kids I've ever coached."

Junior Jahaan Upchurch added 333 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 73 carries. He is among a group of expected returnees that also includes juniors Logan Green (WR/DB), Jasaad Montague (TE) and Javion Ross (RB) and sophomore Freddie Burchett, who started all 10 games at center.

Senior linebacker Aaron Reasoner recorded a team-leading 121 tackles. Montague led the Comets in tackles for loss with 11.

"This was a fun group. They were great people to be around," White said.

"What helped make them a good group was all the work they did in the offseason in addition to everything they did on the field. They grew, and we're asking the younger guys coming back to grow even more."

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