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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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McCaskill, Pulliam battling for title

SoVaNow.com / July 11, 2013
Deac McCaskill and Lee Pulliam are staging an intense NASCAR Whelen All-American national title race.

“It’s definitely unique. We’re racing against each other for a long period of time this year. A lot of races, we’re going to be after it,” McCaskill said.

“I’m good at one track (Kenly N.C.) and he’s good at two tracks (Motor Mile and South Boston). I’ve got to come up here and try to defeat him at his home track and he’s doing the same thing at my home track,” said McCaskill.

McCaskill slipped slightly coming out of SBS. The latest NASCAR figures give Pulliam a narrow edge in the points chase.

“The next three weeks we’re together, and a lot of those races are twins. So, it’s going to be tough. Hopefully, we can keep up with him,” said McCaskill.

McCaskill has no magic solution to an improved 2013, although he struggled a bit in Thursday’s head to head matchup with Pulliam, finishing tenth at SBS.

“We’ve got a different car that seems to be performing a little bit better here and Motor Mile. We’re still running good at Kenly,” said McCaskill.

McCaskill has been particularly tough at Kenly, with full fields as far as car count. Pulliam has been hampered just a bit by car count, which is a factor in the national title race.

“We’ve got a lot of full field wins,” said McCaskill, but he added, “I’m sure he’s going to better these last couple of months.

“It’s not going to be an easy task for me,” he said.

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