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Football opener punted to Saturday

South Boston News / March 01, 2021

Halifax County High School varsity football will get one more day of practice as the Friday opener against Bassett has been moved to Saturday. The game will now kick off at 2 p.m.

The Comets have been preparing as best they could over the past two weeks for the season opener. Weather stalled the squad last week but Comet coach Robert Senseney said they were still able to get in some workouts. The team goes full pads this week.

Once the Comets can get this game under their belt, the following two games are at home. On March 12 the Comets are set to host GW-Danville; March 19 sees the Comets scheduled to play Magna Vista in the last home stand as the team finishes up the season on the road with opponents Patrick County and GW.

Using the VHSL’s Championships + 1 calendar, football was limited to six games this season — with a Saturday play date available as an option. The Comets will have a five game schedule; a previous Feb. 26 game has been canceled to allow additional preparation time.

No official announcement has been made regarding spectators being allowed to attend the games. Gov. Ralph Northam’s updated COVID-19 guidelines for recreational sports state, “For sports played outdoors the total number of spectators cannot exceed the lesser of 30 percent of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue or 250 spectators per field.”

According to HCHS athletics director Allen Lawter, the school has been in the process of installing a Pixellot livestream system at the football stadium such as the one they use in the gym now. The system is gaining popularity with Comet sports fans and allows another opportunity for colleges to follow student-athletes in the recruitment process.

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