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Jayvee football picks up win in season opener

SoVaNow.com / September 05, 2013

Halifax County High School enjoyed a successful jayvee football opener Monday, pitching a 12-0 shutout over Jefferson Forest at home.

The Comets had contributions on both sides of the ball, including some versatility on offense and timely stops from the defense.

The defense eventually held J-F after its first drive.

Starting on their 20, the Comets cracked Cavalier territory, but then suffered a busted play.

But HCHS answered, as quarterback Jarvis Owens connected with wideout Kelonte Gutrich for a 55-yard touchdown reception. The conversion failed, but Halifax led, 6-0, with 2:36 left in the first period.

Owens later added the second score on a 16-yard scoring run with 2:32 left before the half.

Monte Lawson had a pickoff for the Comets at the end of the first half, but also fumbled the ball on the same play. HCHS led by two scores at the half, and that margin stood up.

Justin Long later recovered a fumble for the Comets, which then missed a scoring opportunity. The Comet defense also played well, keeping the Cavaliers out of the end zone on after a late push by the visitors.

Coach Kenneth Day said, “We’ve got some good players. They play hard, and that’s all you ask of them. Jarvis made some mistakes sometimes, but just being an athlete, that’s what you want to do. Just put the ball in the best athlete’s hands, rely on them and let them play.”

Tyrus Pannell and Justin Logan did a good job at running back, and both are playing both ways.

Halifax had some success in the passing game. “You just try to spread the ball out, try to get everybody involved, that’s the main thing,” said Day. Day also said the defense played hard, even though there were some missed tackles.

HCHS has Glass tonight on the road.

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