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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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Looking to rebound

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Richard Jacobs and a Jefferson Forest defender go high to try and snag a pass during Friday’s Comet/Jefferson Forest game.
SoVaNow.com / September 05, 2013
Some perspective is in order after the first week of Comet football.

Without question, Jefferson Forest had a major advantage, with a senior quarterback. Halifax County High School has potential at the position, but the performers are still relatively untested. Furthermore, there’s a good chance the Cavaliers will be very good, poised for a deeper playoff run. This loss might not look as bad at the end of the season as it seems to be right now.

HCHS appears to competitive with tomorrow’s opponent for the home opener, E.C. Glass.

Comet coach Mike Roark addressed the approach following a tough 55-14 loss.

“You sit down with tape, find the mistakes and point out the mistakes, point out the positives and fix the negatives,” said Roark.

Roark said the Comets would bounce back. And there’s motivation to prove that last week was not typical of Comet football. “The juniors and the seniors were a little upset. ...We saw some kids pick up as far as leaders go Friday night. That was good. We grew up a little bit with it.

“We played a very good football team. They’ve got a great program. You talk to the guys around Lynchburg, everyone thinks (JFHS) is better this year than they were last year,” said Roark.

The Cavaliers made the second round of the playoffs, after defeating Glass in the first round a year ago.

The Comets have some areas to address, starting with ball security.

“We’ve got to get rid of the turnovers,” said Roark. “We’ve got to make sure we line up right, pay attention to our keys and reads. “We did a ten-play drive and scored. Then we shot ourselves in the foot every time after that. We’ve got to quit shooting ourselves in the foot.”

HCHS had a great night on special teams, overall. Halifax had more than 400 yards in kickoff returns, as the Comets ran one back for 95 yards and a touchdown. HCHS had two back over 45 yards. “The kickoff team, when we did kick it, kept them inside the 20 both times. Punt team, nobody returned one on us,” said Roark.

“We did do some good stuff on offense. But then we run the same play in the second half, we didn’t run the right routes. We’ve got to fix those kinds of things,” said Roark.

And there was some inconsistency on defense.

Glass, which had a close loss to Harrisonburg Friday, runs the triple option on offense, with a 3-3 stack on defense. Glass has good athletes and runs well to the ball. Glass had some big plays against Harrisonburg.

“We’ve got to stop the triple, bottom line. We’ve got to stop their option. We’ve got to pick up their blitzes,” said Roark.

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