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Comets in the hunt

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Several GW-Danville defenders swarm HCHS quarterback Tyler Stephens in last Friday’s action. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity football is still hunting its first win of the season. This week’s opponent, Martinsville, just picked up its first win this season.

Comet coach Mike Roark has the playbook for a recovery.

“More mental than physical. Have to contain the turnovers and big plays on defense. Need to be more consistent with moving the football and moving the sticks,” said Roark.

Turnovers remain a consistent problem this season, and are a factor in the 0-4 start.

“Most of the turnovers has been due to experience. Rookie varsity players, rusty varsity players. Need more mental concentration,” said Roark.

Martinsville is 1-4 on the season, after defeating Patrick County last week. The Bulldogs have dangerous athleticism at the quarterback and receiver positions.

“They are a bit of a multiple formation team, but there are a few tendencies. They have struggled a bit this year and are a big play team. Need for them to have to drive the football,” said Roark.

On the positive side, HCHS is generally getting strong special teams play.

“Positives have been special teams, All special teams doing a good job of getting yardage on kick off returns, have been handling punts and getting good field position from them. Kickoffs are starting to execute and giving us good defensive field position. Punt team has done a good job of covering and not allowing any big returns,” Roark said.

Roark also had words of praise for several Comets.

“Malik Clark on defense has done a great job in the secondary this year. Offensively, Casey Abedeljalil, Jarius Marable and R.J. Scott have been consistent on the offensive line,” said Roark.

HCHS also gets more good news on the injury front. Roark said that Jamal Chism, who suffered a broken arm over the summer, should be back next week, depending on his doctor’s visit. HCHS will know something more definitive next week.

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