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Comets pull out OT win over Franklin County

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The Halifax County High School varsity football team pulled out at 37-36 double overtime win over Franklin County Friday night.
SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2012


The Comet varsity football program took a step forward Friday night, defeating Franklin County, 37-36, in overtime at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

The win set off a spirited celebration, with looks of frustration on the Eagles' sideline. HCHS also picked up a win in its Western Valley district opener. The Comets, coming off a two-week break, also improved to 3-4 on the season.

PH-Roanoke, which fell to traditional West Virginia prep power Martinsburg, is next for HCHS. The Comets and Patriots meet Friday night.

After a pulse-pounding thriller, it all came down to one two-point conversion after a second round of overtime. Comet quarterback Tyler Stephens, powered over from the one and a half yard line to lift HCHS to the winning score.

HCHS elected to forgo the PAT attempt and nail down the game-winner with a two-point conversion, and the strategy helped. Stephens plowed over the goal line for the win.

It was the first time HCHS had beaten Franklin County since the 2007 season.

The Comets' win also snapped a 15-game winning streak for FCHS against Western Valley district opponents.

Earlier, HCHS had struck again in its second attempt to break the tie from regulation. Alonzo Bennett had powered over from the one-yard line after a clutch nine-yard catch by Tyler Dunn from Comet quarterback Stephens.

HCHS trailed, 35-34, at that point, and Comet coach Mike Roark elected at that point to go for the win with the two-point conversion.

The teams had battled to a 22-22 tie in regulation before settling the matter in OT.

FCHS had bolted to a 14-0 lead at halftime, but the Comets dominated the third period. Halifax led, 22-14, capitalizing on a FCHS fumble.

Stephens cracked through the FCHS defense on a 31-yard rushing touchdown with 8:41 left. Kyle Lacks added the PAT and Halifax led, 22-14.

But FCHS refused to quit, adding a late score and a two-point conversion with 3:43 remaining to force a 22-22 tie.

That deadlock eventually forced the OT.

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