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Jayvee football shuts out Person / September 16, 2019
The Halifax County High School jayvee football team shut out Person County 28-0 Thursday in Roxboro, N.C.

Halifax started slow, hampered by penalties.

Then, Halifax took advantage of an interception by Cedrick Boyd on the 37-yard line, and were able to move deep into Rocket territory.

With 5:56 left in the first quarter, Saeed Buster put the Comets on the scoreboard with their first touchdown. Antarius Garrett completed a two-point conversion, and the Comets led 8-0.

The Comet defense then showed its knowledge by stopping all attempts by the Rockets to move the ball down the field in the entire first half.

Penalties for the Comet offense were intense and frequent. Coach Eugene Tuberville said that the coaching staff takes blame for the slow start to the offense and will find a way to get a better start before Thursday’s game against Park View.

A blocked punt by Drake Clardy and a fumble pick up by Jamari Chandler in the second quarter did push them into becoming more aggressive in their attempts to move the ball, although the scored remained 8-0 going into the half.

Opening the second half, the Rockets started with a loss of three-yards and then on the 34-yard line were charged an illegal motion during the punt.

On the second punt, Saeed Buster was able to run the ball back for a 55-yard touchdown.

Savion Howard completed the two-point conversion. The Comets were up 16-0 with 9:48 left in the quarter.

After the Comets’ offense attempted to manipulate the clock and had two failed scoring attempts, they became dependent on the defense to stop the Rockets from putting any points on the board.

Wide receiver Christian Midkiff brought in another Comet touchdown with 3:43 left in the third bringing the score to 22-0. The Rockets then fumbled the football on their own 25-yard line and the Comets were in control of the ball once again.

The Comet offense were quick to the line and the Rockets barely had time to set before the ball was snapped.

The Comets scored one more time in the fourth quarter but failed on the extra point leaving the score at 28-0.

The Rockets struggled to move the ball with four minutes left and Jy’Quez Ferrell sacked the Rockets’ quarterback.

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