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After two-week break, Comets face Park View for Homecoming / September 16, 2021

After a two-week break since their season opener Aug. 27, the Comets will be back in action Friday hosting Park View for Homecoming.

The Comets had a bye week Sept. 3 and last week’s game against Nottoway was cancelled.

The Nottoway game counted as a no-contest, so the Comets are still 1-0.

Coming off of a strong 42-8 win over Person County to open the season, The Comets hope to keep their competitive edge against Park View.

Park View, 1-1, opened its season with a 60-0 win over Bluestone. Last Friday, the Dragons fell in double overtime to Colonial Heights 40-34.

Halifax coach Rob Senseney said going into the PV game the team will need to make some adjustments on defense. He said Park View is still one of the schools using a multi-back backfield.

“For us on the defense side we’re seeing a non-traditional offense,” Senseney said. Two reasons we prepared for the non-traditional offense is you don’t see two-types of multiple back offenses anymore.

“I had to get back a little more into an old school mentality and change what we do versus a spread offense. What Park View runs on offense usually forces us out of what we do on defense.”

Senseney said as far as the Comet’s offense they just continue to build on what they started at the beginning of the season. The team switched to a no-huddle offense this season and seemed to perform well with it in their first game.

“The same thing we worked on day one we’re still working on today; that’s just kind of our mentality,” Senseney said.

He said the two week layoff was a challenge because you want to be playing. He said Wednesday practices are usually his benchmark for how the team is progressing for Friday competition.

No matter how good practice goes, it’s always something that he wants done better.

“It’s always a hard question; I’m the type of coach where I’m never happy with practice,” Senseney said. “If it was good it could have been great; if it was great it could have be fantastic, if fantastic then it could have been wonderful.

“So that’s the hard part, sometimes I’m not very satisfied. But that’s just my nature.

“Wednesday is always a big day for us to see where we’re at. We’re like any other high school team. You’re dealing with distractions, dealing with COVID.

“We’re always preaching to our kids to meet the standard we’re trying to set here. Some days you hit the mark and some days you don’t. You know when they hit the mark they know it and when they don’t hit the mark they know it. It’s a standard and you have to meet it we’re not going to change it,” he said.

As the Comets prepare for Homecoming a possible cancelation is something that Senseney doesn’t want but he thinks about – and not just the homecoming game. With COVID -19 now infecting more students than it did when the virus first surfaced in 2020, Senseney said as a coach it’s something you can’t dismiss.

“I don’t know, but every time my phone dings or text, I’m just worried,” Senseney said. “Last week we got to Wednesday’s practice and hey we’re not playing. Nottoway canceling. “Now you’re afraid - you think it would have happened on Monday.

“I guarantee you there’s gonna be someone who cancels on a Thursday and there’s going to be someone to cancel on a Friday; it’s going to happen. Now when people ask me I say listen when we kick off I know the game is on.”

Game time for Friday night is 7 p.m.

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