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Comet football starting to gear up / June 12, 2013
Six high school linemen - including three Comet football players - are getting a memorable opportunity to hone their football skills, while enhancing their overall gridiron experience.

Halifax County High School varsity football coach Mike Roark said a team of six linemen will be going to the NFL Cleveland Browns training facility on July 15. The linemen will represent the Washington Redskins in the NFL HSPD lineman competition.

The Comets going are Jarius Marable, R.J. Scott and Nelson Pringle. Three other linemen from other high schools in the state will also attend.

The group will travel by charter bus en route to Cleveland, and the team will stay at the Crown Royal Hotel. The next day, these high school players will be involved in the lineman competition. A day later, the group returns to Virginia.

Comet football assistant Corey Jackson will travel with the group and participate as the coach of the event for the Virginia group.

Jackson said, “it’s a great challenge going there. We’re going to test the kids in a lot of different drills ... if nothing else, it’s going to make everybody better.”

There will be some pro and college coaches involved, he said. “It’s going to be a really good program for these kids.”

Jackson also believes he will benefit from the clinic. “Just like it makes the players better, it makes me a better coach. While they’re learning from the pro coaches, I’m learning some, too. Coaching is a business where you can’t stop learning.”

It’s all about changing the mindset of these players to make them better, from a fundamental point of view.

MORE COMET NEWS: Roark has outlined an ambitious summer schedule for the HCHS football program.

The Comets will feature an NFL High School Player Development Camp, June 17 - June 20, from 5-7:30 p.m. Halifax will have football summer workouts three days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., or four to six p.m. The Wednesday practice session will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Roark also plans a Youth Football Camp, July 22-25; from 6-8 p.m., for ages 6 - 14.

The fee is $15. Applications are available at school and will be available shortly on

It’s formally known as the Halifax County Future Comet football camp.

This camp is an individual camp that will place an emphasis on the fundamentals of offensive and defensive football.

Team skills will be practiced at the end of the day when the youth will participate in Gator ball.

The camp is presented by the Halifax County High School football staff.

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