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Comets thrash Park View on Homecoming

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Top, Joshua Miller goes up and over to score in the first quarter of Friday’s HCHS varsity game against Park View. Above, Miller got the facemask call in this play. (David Conner II photos) / September 20, 2021

The Halifax County High School Comets beat Park View 55-21 on Homecoming night Friday to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Park View fell to 1-2.

Comet coach Rob Senseney, who for all intents and purposes is experiencing his first full season with the Comets, said he was happy to get the win — especially given the special occasion.

“It’s always good to win homecoming,” Senseney said. “I’m happy for the players, coaches and fans.”

The Comets’ two-week layoff showed as the game got started. Receiving the opening kickoff, Park View was able to make some immediate headway.

The visitors moved the ball to midfield and facing fourth and five would go on to score. Park View’s Tomar Logan posted the first points of the game, scampering 49 yards for the TD and the 7-0 lead.

Halifax responded with a TD on its first possession. It took Halifax QB Dakki Chandler a little over a minute to direct the drive in the red zone, resulting in the TD. Semaj Jeffreys and Mikyler Smalls provided ground and air support in the drive. Ella Morrison was good on the PAT and the score was tied 7-7.

The teams battled back and forth with Park View posting another TD. Smalls added another TD for the Comets and as the first quarter concluded Halifax led 21-14.

The second quarter was all defense by both teams. Halifax’s Jahmarri Chandler, Smalls, D. Chandler and a few other Comet players were able to generate some offense but the game was a tight affair in this period.

But as the second quarter played out, one could sense PV was having problems readying itself for Halifax’s no-huddle offense. Halifax went into halftime leading 21-14.

During practice last week Halifax made adjustments for PV’s multi-back offense and the defensive plan worked well as the game wore on.

“We still have some things to work on but our defense did a good job,” Senseney said.

The Comets came out full pressure in the second half. After receiving the ball and then having a turnover on downs situation, the Comet defense got busy.

On PV’s next possession, Halifax’s Jarome Davis came up with a big interception and returned the ball to the 17 yard line of PV. Two plays later the Comets were up 28-14.

PV’s next possession was punctuated by a sack by Halifax’s Antarius Garrett which caused the visitors to punt. PV would post a touchdown as the quarter came to an end with the score 28-21.

In the fourth period the Comets took control of the game and shut down PV’s offense and defense.

Small scored with 11:50 left in the game. The PAT was blocked, making the score 34-21. D. Chandler posted a rushing TD followed by a Qualik Tucker TD at the 10:21 mark. The PAT was good and Halifax had a commanding 48-21 lead.

Zac Carter recovered a PV fumble as the quarter wore down, rumbling 55 yards for the TD and 55-21 final margin of victory over the visiting Dragons.

The Comets return to action on Friday when they travel to Martinsville High School to begin Piedmont District competition. Game time is 7 p.m.

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