Central Crossing football coach Trevor White saw a few positives come out of an 18-15 home loss to Grove City on Sept. 13, a setback that was the Comets' first in the four-game history of the rivalry and the Dawgs' first win since Sept. 22, 2017.
Quarterback Logan Green provided some promise, as he completed 12 of 24 passes for 74 yards and both Comets touchdowns and ran for 36 yards on 15 carries.
With the team down 18-8 in the final minute, Green oversaw a drive that pulled the Comets within three on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Coles. Grove City recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Central Crossing was held to 161 total yards, 68 fewer than Grove City gained on the ground alone and 100 less than the Dawgs' overall total.
Matters likely will not get any easier Friday, Sept. 20, when the Comets visit Reynoldsburg to take on a Raiders team that is 3-0 for the second consecutive season.
"(Green) brings some athleticism to the table. He does some things well and there are ways we can take advantage of what he can do," White said. "Our consistency is just not there (on) both sides of the ball. We are not consistent in our ability to finish drives or punch the ball into the end zone. There are definitely some things we need to work on. We have a young team that is still growing up, but we're not growing up fast enough."
Green also threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tristen Needham on the first play of the second quarter, and Needham caught the ensuing two-point conversion on a botched extra-point snap.
Reynoldsburg quarterback Michael Whatley threw two touchdown passes Sept. 13, one to Andree Mock from 20 yards and the other to Shon Strickland from 56 yards, in a 40-10 win at Marion-Franklin.
Courtland Bullard and Michael Massey also had short touchdown runs for the Raiders, who are averaging 34.7 points and 364 yards of offense and are 5-0 all-time against the Comets.
"We have to coach better (and) we have to execute better," White said. "We'll eventually get to where we need to be. We can't let (last week) affect what we do. That's one nice thing about football -- as crushing a loss as (Grove City) was, we get to get right back at it."