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Tucker Harris celebrates after getting a sack in the first half against Jefferson Forest Friday. / September 30, 2019
The Comets came to Jefferson Forest looking to continue their winning streak. After a battle at the Cavaliers’ Homecoming they came away with their first loss of the season, dropping a 28-7 decision. Coach Grayson Throckmorton stated that they came in prepared, but Jefferson Forest was a tough team that was well coached.

Jefferson Forest head coach Paul White said, “the bottom line to winning, we had to do our best to keep their offense off the field.

“We had to limit their touches on offense.”

JF improved to 2-2. Halifax dropped to 3-1.

The Comet offense came out strong in the first quarter but were soon derailed by a strong Cavalier defense.

JF then came out bulldozing their way down the field, completing a 22-yard pass to score the game’s first touchdown.

The Comets answered with a with a touchdown of their own after a four-yard run by Christian Mack with 2:22 left in the quarter. After a successful extra point kicked by Gabe Brankley the score was 7-7.

This would be their only score of the game.

Although the defense came in firing, they were unable to stop the opposing team from putting points on the scoreboard.

Defense is not an easy job and the Cavaliers had tough offensive schemes and incredible players.

When the Comet offense controlled the ball again running back Mack was able to make a 50-yard run but a holding call in the backfield cost the Comets the first down and set them back 10-yds.

Then on a third and very long with 8:48 remaining in the half quarterback Thomas Lee had a pass tipped by the Cavalier defense and the ball was intercepted giving them great field position on the 44-yard line. The Comet defense shut them down quickly, but a fumble stopped the Comets’ drive. Then Jefferson Forest’s quarterback threw for another Cavs touchdown with 3:37 left on the clock, the extra point made the score 14-7.

After halftime, Jefferson Forest offense came in on fire scoring on its opening possession in four play and charged through the Comet defense to score with 9:49 left in the third quarter to put them up 21-7.

The Comets were unable to score during their possession and on the second and 10 quarterback Lee was sacked with 6:44 left in the quarter.

With numerous penalties stalling the offensive drive of the Comets, they were unable to build their momentum to drive the ball down the field.

The Cavalier quarterback made an awesome sneak and although the Comets were able to take down the wide receiver it wasn’t before he picked up another first down with 3:35 left in the third.

The Comet defense took over and were grounding and pounding and making the Cavaliers fight for every yard. The defense was able to keep them from scoring for almost the entire fourth quarter but then with 3:56 eft in the quarter the Cavaliers brought in another touchdown and extra point for a score of 28-7 to seal the win.

Coach Throckmorton said, “the team will work hard to prepare for next week’s game with some structural changes in their defensive line.”

Halifax is on the road to Bassett Friday.

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