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Day continues striving for respectable success with jayvee program

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The members of the Comet jayvee football team include, from left, first row, Jarvis Owens, Andrew Womack, Juan Tucker, Jermaine Vaughters, Tyrus Pannell, Kyle Smith. Second row, Antwan Ragsdale, Monte Lawson, Marcus Terry, Raeon Logan, Daryl Mills, Isiah Adams. Third row, Ronnie Wylie, Dashawn Brown, Shannon Moore, C.J. Morton, Jalil McDowell, Elijah Mitchell, Zavier Johnson, Jared McKinney.
SoVaNow.com / August 15, 2013
Kenneth Day, again at the helm of the Halifax County High School jayvee football program, sees a number of positives heading into fall camp.

Day, who has had respectable success as the coach at this level in recent seasons, has about 25 candidates in the preseason.

The goals are “to be competitive in new (Piedmont) conference we’re playing in. We want the kids to play hard, play together as one ... and to enjoy (football).”

Day said the success of the team depends on how the players work and strive to improve.

The jayvee team includes only tenth graders, players who will help the program more in the next couple of seasons. HCHS has three teams, including varsity, jayvee and the ninth grade squad.

The jayvees have a scrimmage against Staunton River Friday to help sort out some questions along the depth chart. Following Friday’s scrimmage, the jayveess will meet Buckingham Aug. 23.

The real stuff starts on Aug. 29, with Jefferson Forest at home.

E.C. Glass is the first road test, Sept. 5.

HCHS goes to Person County, Sept. 12. After an open week, HCHS travels to GW-Danville Sept. 26.

Martinsville is home on Oct. 3, followed by Bassett away, on Oct. 10.

HCHS closes with three of its last four at home, including Patrick County on Oct. 17, Magna Vista Oct. 24 and Franklin County Oct. 31.

Tunstall is the season finale, away on Nov. 7.

“The teams are coming in are pretty good,” Day said without getting too specific.

HCHS will rely on an athletic quarterback, Jarvis Owens, who is coming off basketball. Owens is being looked on to manage the game.

HCHS should have some solid young talent at running back, including Tyrus Pannell, Daryl Mills, Nick Vaden and Justin Logan.

The jayvees also have players to watch with a deep receiving corps. The group includes Antwan Ragsdale, Andrew Womack, Zach McBride, Zane Walton, Kyle Smith, Monte Lawson and Marcus Terry, with Jerry McKinney also in the group.

HCHS will also rotate some players around the lineup, with the Friday scrimmage important to settle out the lineup.

Day is positive overall about the o-line.

As for the offensive line, HCHS has to work on the quarterback-center exchange. Working in the mix at center are Ronnie Wylie and Jeric Roberson. The rest of the o-line includes Dashawn Brown, Elijah Mitchell, Zavier Johnson, Jelil McDougald, Isiah Adams and Shannon Moore.

“That’s a good group of linemen. That’s our emphasis, is offensive and defensive line. ...Control the line of scrimmage, you control the game,” said Day, who said the linemen will work on both sides of the line.

As for the linebacker, Day has Panell, Vaden, J. Logan, Antwan Ragsdale, with Marcus Terry also playing strong side.

Day believes the defense will be strong.

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