Coming off a 24-7 loss at Upper Arlington on Oct. 19, all the Central Crossing High School football team will have on the line Friday, Oct. 26, when it plays host to Marysville is a chance to finish .500 after two consecutive losing seasons.
The Comets, who were held to 44 yards rushing and 181 total yards against the Golden Bears, are 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Central Division.
"We have told them going into these last few weeks that this is when we want to play our best football," coach Trevor White said. "We obviously didn't do that (against UA) and we challenged our older guys to come out and attack this week and try to set a good example for the guys behind them and send everybody out on a good note."
Quarterback Kameron Peck completed 11 of 21 passes for 117 yards with a touchdown and an interception against UA. Running back Pierre France, who became the program's all-time leading rusher a week earlier during a 31-20 win over Westland, was held to 22 yards on nine carries.
Defensive back Jayden Woodrick had an interception on UA's second play from scrimmage, and position mate Anthony Lowe made a team-high 9.5 tackles, eight of which were solo, one week after making his seventh interception of the season to set the team record.
"We weren't able to get anything going really consistently," White said. "We knew points were going to be hard to come by and that it would be difficult to move the ball. It was frustrating but they are a tough team."
Marysville also is 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the league after a 28-7 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 19. The loss eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention in Division I, Region 2.
Quarterback Walker Heard threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Kessler in the fourth quarter, and Chase Kilgore rushed for 59 yards on 13 carries.
Central Crossing is 2-8 all-time against Marysville, including a 29-7 loss last year. The Comets defeated the Monarchs 42-35 in 2015 and 21-7 in 2014.