Central Crossing: Comets seek more consistency on offense

DAVE PURPURA
dpurpura@thisweeknews.com
Nick Tiegler and Central Crossing visit Newark on Friday, Sept. 18, for an OCC-Buckeye Division game.

The Central Crossing football team hopes to regain its footing and kick-start its struggling offense when it visits winless Newark on Friday, Sept. 18, in OCC-Buckeye Division play.

The Comets were held to 13 total yards in a 47-0 loss at defending Division I state champion Pickerington Central on Sept. 11 and have just 300 yards this season, although the defense has been opportunistic in coming up with five turnovers.

“We’ve had a lot of guys flying to the ball (on defense), playing well and embracing their roles. Offensively, we need to work on an identity and finding more consistency,” said coach Trevor White, whose team is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league. “We’ve done well at times, but we haven’t been consistent. Our execution is not where it needs to be. We need to put together a solid game for 48 minutes.”

All of Central Crossing’s yards came on the ground against Central. Kyren Glaze had seven carries for 20 yards but made a team-high 7.5 tackles at defensive back, six of which were solo.

Linebacker Alec Boyd added seven tackles, including one for loss.

The Comets allowed one passing touchdown, only the third such score against them since Week 7 of the 2018 season.

Newark was shut out in its first two games, including a 49-0 loss to Central on Sept. 4, and finally got its first points of the season during the first quarter Sept. 11 at Reynoldsburg when quarterback Trey Robinson III scored on a 1-yard run.

Mason Wheeler threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Garret Ramsey in the third, but the Wildcats were outgained 521-240 and gave up 27 unanswered points after Robinson’s score in falling 48-14 to drop to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.

This is the fourth all-time meeting between the Comets and Wildcats. Central Crossing has outscored Newark 79-0 the past two years after losing to the Wildcats in 2002 and 2003 when both were members of the OCC-Ohio.

“They look a lot like us. At times, they’ve executed very well and at other times, they’ve tended to make mistakes,” White said. “They’re going to run a lot of plays out of the option and they’re pretty straightforward defensively.”

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WEEK 4

CENTRAL CROSSING at NEWARK

•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

•Last meeting: 2019, Central Crossing 49-0

•Central Crossing (1-2 overall, 1-1 in OCC-Buckeye) to date: Lost to Grove City 7-6; defeated Lancaster 21-18; lost to Pickerington Central 47-0

•Newark (0-3 overall, 0-2 in OCC-Buckeye) to date: Lost to Thomas Worthington 30-0; lost to Pickerington Central 49-0; lost to Reynoldsburg 48-14

•Top Comets: Drew Basham (OL/DL), Alec Boyd (LB), Freddy Burchett (OL/DL), Kyren Glaze (RB/DB), Jonathan Mathers (TE/LB), Tristen Needham (TE/LB), Rudy Risinger (QB), Tyler Terrell (K/P) and Nick Tiegler (RB/LB)

•Top Wildcats: Giovanni Aber (RB), Trei Dansby (WR/DL), Gabe Madden (OL/LB), Garret Ramsey (WR/DB), Trey Robinson III (QB), Payton Sherrard (OL/DB) and Hunter Vogel (RB)