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Significant positives seen with Comet freshmen so far in preseason training

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Members of the Halifax County High School freshman football team are, from left, first row, Xavier Aguilar, Chris Dickerson, Michael Jones, Tyler Littles, Sammy Stevenson, Kyle Epps, Rahquan Ross, Dylan Stolzenthaler, Kaleb Hopkins, Malik Carrington, Tyrell Walton-Chandler. Second row, Tyrin Jennings, Shane Glass, Brandon Williams, Nick Brooks, Aaron Miller, Tyvian Foster, Garrison Ratliff, Dexter Dixon, Alijah Tucker, Brent Waller, coach Darius Jennings. Third row, head coach Mike Lloyd, Sean Harlow, Alvin Bailey, Cameron Blunt, Blake Anderson, Jacob Abedejalil, Chris Carter, Ronnie Haymes, Jordan Tucker, Charlie Barksdale, John Francisco, Devonte Powell, coach Derrion Snead.
SoVaNow.com / August 15, 2013
The Halifax County High School Comet freshman football team has shown some significant positives so far in the preseason camp.

Head coach Mike Lloyd appears pleased with the overall progress.

The final makeup of the team is not set, with more work to do.

“We’re about where we expected, offensively. We’ve got our inside running installed. We’re still kind of adding some guys in, so as we’re doing that, it’s changing, from one thing to the next,” Lloyd said.

HCHS has some progress to make. “We’re on track, we where we need to be, for a freshman level team.”

The offensive leaders include Xavier Aguilar, the younger brother of former Comet Gabe, at quarterback.

“He’s showing a lot of good leadership potential,” Lloyd said.

Halifax also has some additions who will help, including James Smith Jr.

Smith will play wide receiver and A-back.

Halifax also has athleticism with Tyvian Foster at b-back, along with Tyrell Walton-Chandler.

There are other A-backs helping with the running game, including Dexter Dixon.

As for the offensive line, Lloyd said they are progressing.

“They got some more work to do. They’re not way out in left field,” said Lloyd.

The defensive line is ahead of the offensive line, but part of that is because of more scheme work. “They’re athletic, they’re good, strong kids. They’ve been working with us all summer,” the coach said.

As for the linebacking crew, Lloyd said the candidates there are figuring it out. Walton-Chandler is playing at mike linebacker, while Foster will also be a linebacker.

“We’re looking good there,” said the coach.

And he said the secondary is showing signs of cohesion.

As for the overall preview picture, Lloyd appreciated the hard work of the players.

“The guys that have been here spring and summer, they’re on the ball. They know what’s going on. The guys just filtering in ... they’re catching up,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd is a former head coach at Bluestone.

He enjoys working with the Comet staff. “We have a lot more freedom to do what we need, as long as we stay within the scheme.”

Lloyd moved down to coach the freshmen, and the former Bluestone coach appreciates the opportunity.

“I like the scheme. It makes sense, it’s very logical,” said Lloyd.

“I think we’re going in the right direction. I see nothing but improvements, across the board. Chemistry is better this year, amongst the players, on all three levels,” he said.

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