The Central Crossing football team will try to finish the regular season on a high note Friday, Nov. 1, when it travels to Marysville and hopes to play spoiler against the Monarchs.
The Comets fell to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Central Division with a 35-14 home loss to Upper Arlington on Oct. 25. They were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter and committed the game's only two turnovers.
"We competed all the way through, but we committed some costly turnovers and penalties that kind of sealed (the loss) for us," coach Trevor White said. "We moved the ball well for a while but in the fourth quarter, we couldn't get much going."
Quarterback Drew DeYarmon completed six of 12 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, a 12-yarder to wide receiver Anthony Lowe with 19 seconds left in the first half that tied the game at 14. DeYarmon, who threw two interceptions, also ran for a 1-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and finished with 45 yards on 11 carries.
Lowe had a team-leading nine tackles at defensive back, seven of which were solo.
Having lost three of its past four games, Marysville needs a win and help to secure a playoff berth in Division I, Region 2.
The Monarchs, who are 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Central, were projected to be eighth in the region this week with 11.1 points, .6278 of a point ahead of ninth-place Findlay -- which defeated Marysville 21-7 on Sept. 14 and visits undefeated Toledo Central Catholic on Nov. 1.
Central Catholic was ranked third in Division II last week.
Marysville lost 23-14 at Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 25 despite outgaining the Wildcats 245-208.
Chase Kilgore rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and Nathan Morey completed five of nine passes for 56 yards and a score as the Monarchs took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter but were outscored 20-0 in the second half.
"They'll throw the ball if they need to but they want to pound it right down at you," White said. "They're big and physical and they can put the ball in the hands of guys who fit their personality. We have to be able to match them physically. They're similar to Hilliard Davidson and Upper Arlington in what they want to do."
Central Crossing is 2-9 all-time against Marysville, including a 36-6 loss last year. The Comets defeated the Monarchs 42-35 in 2015 and 21-7 in 2014.
Boys soccer team showed improvement
Although the boys soccer team finished 3-14 overall with a 4-0 loss at 20th-seeded Marysville on Oct. 17 in the second round of the Division I district tournament, the 44th-seeded Comets showed just how far they had come this season.
Central Crossing lost 9-0 at Marysville on Sept. 17 in OCC-Central play.
"A lot of people stress that a season's success is measured in wins and losses, but we were 3-14 and just kept getting better," said second-year coach Will Denney, whose team finished sixth (0-5) in the OCC-Central behind champion Hilliard Davidson (5-0). "Many times, eight of our 11 guys on the field were 15 (years old) or younger.
"We didn't show a lot of resilience early, like losing to Marysville 9-0. But when we played them in the postseason it was only 2-0 at halftime and they knew they were in a game. Our record didn't reflect the strides that we made."
Senior midfielders Ben Kelly (second-team all-league) and Marcos Rios-Gutierrez (first-team all-league) led a four-player senior class.
Junior midfielder Isaiah Prophet was special mention all-league and junior midfielder Tyler Terrell was honorable mention.
Sophomore defender James Johnson, freshman midfielder Owen Foley and freshman goalkeeper Yuriy Gorobchuk are other key performers expected to return.
-- Scott Hennen
Girls soccer team has rebuilding season
The girls soccer team finished 5-16 overall and fifth (1-4) in the OCC-Central behind champion Dublin Coffman (5-0).
"My returning players from last year got stronger, faster and better and the incoming players learned the game better," said ninth-year coach Amy Williams, whose 37th-seeded team lost at 19th-seeded Hilliard Darby 9-0 on Oct. 16 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. "Our girls were in great shape. Nobody ran us down or outhustled us.
"I think as we keep rebuilding the program, we will be more successful. This was a great group that always was willing to work hard to get better."
Sophomore forward Georgia Lakso was first-team all-league and junior defen-der/midfielder Mariana Lopez-Herrera was on the second team. Freshman goalie Rachel Jaynes was special mention all-league and sophomore defender Christa Phillips was honorable mention.
A pair of junior mid-fielder/forwards -- Emma Malkowski and Emily Smits -- were lost to knee injuries.
-- Scott Hennen