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Football getting off-season field time

SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity football program continues to make progress in the off-season.

Comet football coach Mike Roark said Tuesday has had expanded seven-on-seven football opportunities this spring. HCHS is involved in informal off-season workouts until the team gets down to serious business in August.

HCHS has also made some changes in the weight room workouts.

“We’re doing a lot more with the middle school kids. They come over and lift two days a week. We go on the field two days a week, playing football, doing a little practice, teaching some basic fundamentals.

“Then, varsity, we do the same thing, we’re lifting two days a week. Then we’re practicing offense and defense each days,” said Roark.

Roark had another 7-on-7 drill with Bluestone Saturday, and plans to have another 7-on-7 in June. These are passing contests designed to enhance the football knowledge for the Comet skill players. The no-contact drills involve a quarterback, running backs and receivers against opposing linebackers and defensive secondary players. The role is reversed at other times for the Comets, giving HCHS defensive players an opportunity to compete against opposing defenses.

Roark has expanded this teaching tool to the point where he expects to have almost 50 seven-on-seven games before the start of practice. He’s now got the coaching staff in place.

There are practical benefits, as the kids get a break from off-season weight room training.

“With the young kids, we get our offense in,” said Roark. The speed of the game increases in competition, giving HCHS more valuable experience.

These offseason workouts are allowed under VHSL rules, and have become quite popular. The official start of fall practice is Aug. 1.

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