Coming off perhaps its best performance of the season, the Central Crossing football team will finish non-league action Friday, Sept. 27, when it plays host to Newark.
The Comets' visit to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 20 resulted in a 17-15 loss despite running 24 more plays than the unbeaten Raiders, outgaining Reynoldsburg 279-204 and benefiting from the game's only two turnovers as Jalen Coles and Kyren Glaze each intercepted Michael Whatley once.
Quarterback Logan Green accounted for both Central Crossing touchdowns, throwing an 11-yard score to Cole Wright with 15 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 7 and scoring on a 1-yard run with 8:13 to play in the game before completing the two-point conversion pass to Tristen Needham for a 15-14 lead.
Reynoldsburg's Cocy Goff kicked the game-winning field goal from 32 yards with 3:52 left.
"We were definitely in a better rhythm," said Comets coach Trevor White, whose team is 1-3. "We had some nice drives, ate up some clock and moved the ball. Our defense played very well. The offensive line was outstanding and had some great surges. We had more consistent play from Logan and we took advantage of some mistakes. To play as well as we did against a team as good as Reynoldsburg definitely gives us some confidence."
Newark fell to 0-4 with a 51-20 home loss to Lancaster on Sept. 20.
Quarterback Jaden Woods completed 12 of 23 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Collin Street, and rushed for another 100 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Bill Franks is in the first season of his second stint as Newark's coach. He coached the Wildcats from 1997-2001 before spending 16 seasons at his alma mater, Newark Catholic, and the 2018 season at New Lexington. Franks led Newark Catholic to the Division VI state championship in 2007 and a state runner-up finish in 2012.
"(Franks) has a reputation as a good coach and anytime you get a new coach, it's a shot of energy into your program," White said. "We're just looking to maintain our consistency. We've shown flashes. We know we can do more."