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Comet head coach Mike Roark talks to his team Friday during the Comets’ first win of the season at Patrick County. The Comets are on the road again Friday to take on district leader Magna Vista. / October 24, 2013
Just one week after celebrating the first win of 2013, Halifax County High School varsity football runs into perhaps the best team in the district, Magna Vista, on the road Friday.

It’s the second leg of a three-game road test, followed by Franklin County. The regular season ends Nov. 8 with Tunstall at home for senior night.

HCHS, celebrating in the afterglow of the first win of the year, had a happier practice week.

“Guys are definitely relieved that the monkey is off our backs. Everybody is excited about playing this week, practices have been loose and fast. Little easier to fix mistakes when you see positive results in what you have been doing,” coach Mike Roark said. The Comets are now 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Piedmont.

Magna Vista presents a monumental challenge.

“Very athletic team. We have to play a near perfect game. Excellent special teams. That cost us the game last year. Need to control the ball, move the sticks and put points on the board. Defensively, need them to drive the ball, no big plays and find a couple of turnovers,” Roark said.

HCHS, which has been hampered with some decisions by players to leave the team, got the job done last week. HCHS got contributions across the board.

“Jacob Garrett (quarterback), best job of the year managing the game. Ran hard, no interceptions or fumbles. Devan Richardson, great job of running the ball. Need to keep giving him the ball. We can become a three-headed monster, with Roland (Brandon), Devan and Jacob.

“Joseph Coleman, Matthew New and Kyle Lacks all did a great job at wide receiver last week,” he said.

“Rymel Windsor is playing very consistent in defending the run game. Need to have a big time game from him this week,” said Roark.

“Malik Clark still consistent in the defensive secondary. James Anderson had a career night last week and we need him and the entire defensive line to have another career night and keep the MVHS offensive backfield in check,” said Roark.

The Comets still could salvage a decent finish to a tough season.

“Win a few more ball games. Continue to improve on offense and defense. Control the turnovers and big plays on defense. The ole saying, ‘One game at a time.’ We will continue to do just that. Working on Magna Vista this week, and will go from there,” Roark said.

DISTRICT LOOK: Magna Vista is 4-0 in the Piedmont and 6-1 overall after last week’s narrow win over GW-Danville.

The Eagles are 3-1 in the district and 6-1 overall. Tunstall is 2-1, 3-4. Martinsville is 2-1, 2-5.

Bassett is 1-3, 2-5. HCHS is 1-3, 1-6, and Patrick County is 0-4 and 0-7.

Last week’s scores: Franklin County 14, Brookville 6; Tunstall 35, Bassett 0; Magna Vista 29, GW Danville 28; Halifax County 45, Patrick County 6.

This week’s slate: Franklin County @ GW Danville; Patrick County @ Bassett Halifax County @ Magna Vista; Martinsville @ Tunstall.

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