While Central Crossing football coach Trevor White hopes the Comets take more strides in his third season and find stability at certain positions, his team's next opponent is trying to find stability throughout the program.
After opening the season Aug. 30 at Dublin Jerome, Central Crossing will hit the road again Friday, Sept. 6, as it visits Beechcroft.
The Comets found themselves installing new starters at several positions, including Drew DeYarmon at quarterback and three spots on the offensive line. Tackle Lance Blackwell and center Freddy Burchette are the Comets' only two returning starters up front.
DeYarmon started three games last season, including a 33-8 home win over Beechcroft in Week 2 that the Comets controlled from the start.
"Everybody will be able to learn their jobs; it just might take a little time," Blackwell said. "(The younger guys) need to know how to get into their gaps easier and get to their blocks.
"The key will be for everyone to work as a team and not give up on each other."
Even having to bring several players up to varsity speed, White was thankful to return who he did up front.
"You need a good, consistent snap and Freddy has that experience," White said, adding that the run still is integral to what his team wants to accomplish offensively. "We're more of a run-based team focusing on running the ball a little bit more. Option-based, I guess you could say. We'll still have some spread looks out of the (shotgun)."
Beechcroft, which went 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the City League-North Division last year, has a new coach in Lee Snyder. Snyder, who was the Cougars' co-defensive coordinator last season, is the team's fourth coach in four years dating to White's final season at the school in 2016.
White was 28-7 in three seasons at Beechcroft.
The Cougars, whose top returnees include quarterback DeShannon Butler Jr., wide receiver Demetrius Haynes, two-way lineman Alhaji Sidebe and wide receiver/defensive back Davon Wooden, opened Aug. 30 at Dayton Ponitz Tech.
This is the final year of a two-year deal between the Comets and Cougars.
Central Crossing is 2-1 all-time against Beechcroft, having lost 26-7 in 2014 before a 28-6 win the next year.