Cougars (1-8, 0-6 in OCC-Central) Comets (1-8, 0-6)
Coaches and players in the Central Crossing High School football program refer to this simply as "Westland week."
The Comets play host to Westland on Friday, Nov. 1, in what has become a season-ending tradition for both programs.
"Westland week is always a big week," senior wide receiver Michael Traversa said. "(Getting a victory) would definitely be a big way to end the season. If we're going to go out, we're going to go out strong and leave the program better."
In what has been a disappointing season for both teams, each will look to end on a positive note.
Both teams are 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central Division, and both have lost six consecutive games.
Last season, Central Crossing defeated Westland 34-14 to take a 4-0 lead in the series.
"It's not a vicious rivalry or anything like that," coach Chris Harr said. "These kids went to middle school together. They know each other. They see each other when they play baseball together. It's always nice to compete against people you know and we hope to continue our tradition of ending the year on a win."
Quarterback Luke Duncan has completed 144 of 255 passes for 1,468 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions and rushed for 544 yards and six touchdowns on 144 carries. Wide receiver Noah Stephens has 53 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns, and Traversa has 47 receptions for 669 yards and two touchdowns.
"They have a good system offensively," Westland coach Steve White said of the Comets' spread offense. "This is the second year they've been running it, so they've had a chance to fine-tune some stuff. They do look a lot better on offense and they have some great size up front that we're going to have to contend with. We don't have as much size as they do, so that will be a challenge for us."
Westland lost to Upper Arlington 69-0 on Oct. 25 and has been outscored 468-85. Sophomore Clay Carrel has emerged as the starting quarterback and, in six games, has rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 70 carries and completed 12 of 27 passes for 66 yards with an interception.
"It is kind of pressuring, but it will be great competition," Carrel said of playing Central Crossing. "I'm looking forward to it. They have been putting points up on some teams that we've had a little bit of difficulty with."
Wide receiver Reggie Gilliam has 18 catches for 294 yards and three touchdowns for Westland, and wide receiver Dominick Thomas has 22 catches for 219 yards and a touchdown.
"For us, it's the one game we get to play against a (school) district opponent," White said. "A lot of our kids know kids from Central Crossing and they played against each other since middle school. It's always fun to play intra-district schools."