Coming off losses to likely the top two teams in the OCC-Central Division, the Central Crossing High School football team returns home Friday, Oct. 12, to take on a team to which it never has lost.
At 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central, the Comets will play host to league rival and fellow South-Western City school Westland.
The Comets lost 27-9 at undefeated Dublin Coffman -- ranked seventh in last week's Division I state poll -- on Oct. 5, on the heels of a 31-0 setback to now-6-1 Hilliard Davidson seven days earlier. Westland comes in at 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the league, having lost all nine meetings against Central Crossing dating to 2008, including 48-21 last year.
"That's a neat distinction, but we don't necessarily like it and we don't mention it much. That's something (Westland) can use as motivation," Comets coach Trevor White said. "The big thing is just putting four solid quarters together. We struggled doing that (against Coffman). The first half especially was frustrating. We had some penalties and missed assignments. We didn't execute like we needed to."
Although Central Crossing is just four points shy of a playoff berth in Division I, Region 3, its chances of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 are slim. The Comets were projected to be 12th in this week's Region 3 computer ratings. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.
Against Coffman, quarterback Kameron Peck completed eight of 13 passes for 115 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to slotback Anthony Lowe with less than six minutes left, and Tyler Terrell made a 36-yard field goal to break the shutout early in the fourth quarter.
Lowe caught five passes for 78 yards and on defense had nine tackles and an interception, his sixth of the season. According to team statisticians, that tied the program record set by Troy Speakman in 2015.
Westland lost their third consecutive game Oct. 5, falling 36-12 at home to Marysville.
The Cougars' only win of the season came against Franklin Heights, 38-7 on Sept. 21. The Falcons also are 1-6.
"We know that it's going to be a big game for us just like we thought Franklin Heights was going to be a big game for us," first-year Westland coach Rick Rios said. "We want to do well against the neighborhood schools and the schools in our school district, so that will probably add a little extra flavor to it."
White is wary of Westland quarterback DeShawn Evans, who through six games had completed 121 of 287 passes for 1,387 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and a deep group of receivers. Through six games, Robert Clark had 48 receptions for 399 yards and Anthony Widen had 35 catches for 454 yards.
Running back Peterson Iresne had rushed for 430 yards and five touchdowns on 87 carries.
"They're athletic and they will spread you out with a lot of empty sets. They are a true spread team," White said. "Defensively, they will show a lot of four-man fronts. They have a very good defensive line and their cornerbacks are active, too. They all get to the ball very well."