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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Jayvees pick up win over GW

SoVaNow.com / September 30, 2013
The Halifax County High School jayvee football team gave the Comet program some good news from the week against GW-Danville.

The Comets jayveess downed GW, 33-22, with a rousing late comback in Danville.

“They (GW) were a really good team. They were really fast, big, we just made the plays at the end,” said Comet coach Kenneth Day. “Got a couple of turnovers that went our way, a couple of bounces went our way.

“The (Comet) kids played really hard the fourth quarter,” said Day, after GW battled to a 22-21 lead late.

GW scored early and led 6-0 in the first period. HCHS later scored and led, 7-6.

About midway through the second period, Comet quarterback James Smith Jr., scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak after a good drive. Jarvis Owens added the two-point conversion for a 15-6 Comet lead at halftime.

Then, Smith broke a major run for 70 yards to lift the Comets to a 21-6 lead. But GW added a 50-yard scoring run on an option play, and the Eagles pulled within 21-14. HCHS then had a costly turnover, leading to a GW score and a two-point conversion for a 22-21 lead.

Halifax got a key fourth down conversion in the early part of the fourth period. Smith connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Kelonte Gutrich, and HCHS led 27-22. The Comets did not get the extra point.

HCHS tried a squib kick after this score, and Isiah Adams recovered the ball. Smith then connected on a touchdown pass to Owens for eight yards, on third down. It was the final scoring on the night.

Smith ran for three scores and ran for two more on short quarterback sneaks. Both of those came from one yard out.

But he was not the whole story for the Comets.

Tyrus Pannell ran the ball well, and Justin Logan had a good game on defense and running the ball, according to Day. Xavier Johnson had a good game, offensively and defensive. Gutrich played well, while Shannon Moore and Isiah Adams had good games. Adams had two fumble recoveries. Johnson caused two fumbles.

“At the fourth quarter ... we were a totally different team. The kids took it upon themselves to come out and play better,” said Day.

Halifax, which has Martinsville this week, is now 3-2 on the season.

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