The Ravens will use it as a measuring stick, while the Cents would prefer to forget about it altogether.
Both senior varsity football programs dropped their final preseason tests last weekend, with Terry Fox narrowly losing 28-23 to No.1-ranked Mt. Douglas, while Centennial was doubled up 44-22 by New West.
In the case of the Ravens, the game was lost in the waning seconds with the Promised Land well within reach.
Fox pivot Conner Mckee had the Ravens within four yards of the winning score with less than a minute left, though Mt. Doug came up with a timely interception to preserve the win.
"I think the result showed everybody what kind of potential we have this year," said Ravens co-coach Tom Kudaba.
"Our mistakes, and theirs, will be worked on by both coaching staffs. Let's not overlook the other teams in our division though. Each one has the ability to upset another."
Mckee went 11 for 21 in the contest for 118 yards, tossed a pair of picks and rushed for one major. Fox's other two TDs came from Keishon Ross, who ate up 86 yards on 14 carries, and Kyle Deugau, who ran for 16 yards on five carries.
Griffin Medwid led the defensive charge with nine tackles, while Mike West and Kyle Miller both picked up five.
The Centaurs, on the other hand, faced a litany of penalty and discipline issues in dropping last Friday's contest before a packed Mercer Stadium in New West.
Despite Josh Taitinger scoring on a 10-yard screen play on the opening drive, the Centaurs couldn't contain the ground game of Hyack backs Angelo Tanjuaquio and Julian Ramirez, both of whom had 100-plus yard outings.
"We need to correct the mistakes we made," said Centaurs coach Simon Quinto. "After watching film all weekend, we were able to narrow it down to a few key points and we are going to work hard to correct them all week."
Centennial also got contributions on the offensive side of the ball from JP Kalambay's 80-yard kick return and Jordan Kennedy's 20-yard TD reception.
Both local teams open their regular seasons this Friday at Percy Perry Stadium: Fox takes on Rutland at 5 p.m., while Centennial hosts Saint Thomas More at 7:30 p.m.
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