The Central Crossing High School football team quickly turned the page from a 40-0 loss at Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 29, only to find another old nemesis in the wings.
The Comets will play host to Dublin Coffman on Friday, Oct. 6, a team that historically has dominated them and this year is thriving on a powerful, active defense.
"They're a big, physical team with good athletes," coach Trevor White said. "They run well, they are aggressive on special teams and they are big up front. We're going to have our work cut out for us."
Against Davidson in the OCC-Central Division opener for both teams, the Comets committed three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble -- in falling to 2-4. Quarterback Ben Bohne completed six of 13 passes for 67 yards and rushed for a team-high 26 yards on eight carries.
Owen Lakso caught three passes for 34 yards.
Central Crossing amassed 99 total yards, 67 passing and 32 rushing.
"We started well, forcing (Davidson) into a three-and-out, but then we had a good scoring chance and didn't get any points. That kind of set the tone for the rest of the night," White said. "We did not play with the enthusiasm and excitement we've had the past couple weeks. That was disappointing and frustrating. We just made too many mistakes and things added up against us."
Coffman broke a two-game losing streak Sept. 29, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Marysville 28-7 in its OCC-Central opener.
Cam Scott rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Shamrocks improved to 4-2. Coffman outscored its first three opponents 132-0 before consecutive losses to Olentangy (31-14 on Sept. 15) and Gahanna (34-32 on Sept. 22).
Linebackers Luke Crabtree, Darius Cummings and Griffin Hoak pace the defense. Crabtree's father is Shamrocks coach Mark Crabtree, and Hoak is the younger brother of former Coffman quarterback Gunnar Hoak, who now plays at Kentucky.
"They have some good pedigree," White said. "They'll throw some different looks at you, they're fast and they run well to the ball."
Coffman leads the all-time series 9-1. Central Crossing's only win was in 2015, 48-42 in overtime.