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Hodgin addresses areas of concern / August 14, 2009
HCHS varsity football coach Stan Hodgin has several areas to address when the Comets participate in their first preseason scrimmage tomorrow afternoon in Lynchburg.

The Comets will scrimmage Prince Edward High School in preparation for the season opener on Friday, Aug. 28, at Petersburg.

“Right now, within our own team, our defense is considerably ahead of our offense. Friday, what I hope to see is tremendous effort to get to the football defensively. One thing I’d really like to see them improve on from last Saturday to this coming Friday is our ability to tackle in the open field. That was one area that I was a little disappointed in from Saturday morning.

“Our tackling effectiveness Friday will certainly be a point of emphasis,” promised the Comet head coach.

HCHS held an internal scrimmage last Saturday, and Hodgin was pleased with one particular area.

“Offensively, from Saturday, “I thought we did a nice job of what we were doing. The offense didn’t have any turnovers. That’s a point of emphasis for our offense this year, to reduce or eliminate turnovers. That part of it, I was real pleased with,” said Hodgin.

“We just want to see the jelling of the offensive line, as a unit, both in the run game and the pass game. And again, we want to see the guys with the ball take care of the ball.

“We need to eliminate fumbles and interceptions,” said the third-year Comet coach.

Hodgin assessed practice so far, starting with last week.

“I thought the first day and the third day, in helmets only were outstanding. We had a little lapse the second day, just the novelty was gone. But the focus and enthusiasm picked up really good on Wednesday, which was day three.

“And then day four, five and six were really good. We started our body contact, blocking and tackling, drills on Thursday. And Thursday, Friday and Saturday were filled with a lot of emotion, a lot of intensity, good focus.

“And leadership has been the strength of this team to date.

“We’ve just continued today (Monday) trying to improve in some areas that we identified in Saturday’s 11-on-11 scrimmage as being weaknesses,” said Hodgin.

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