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Slumping Comets shooting for turnaround

SoVaNow.com / September 26, 2013
It’s GW-Halifax County week.

The Comets, slumping at 0-3 overall, have the opportunity to recharge their season with an upset over the Eagles, now 3-0. HCHS welcomes its closest rival to Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium tomorrow night. Halifax has been out of action since the bitter loss to Person County. GW-Danville was also idle.

Comet coach Mike Roark said the bye week came at a good time for the comets, since the team was able to get some rest and get some people healthy. Roark noted the Eagles run a 4-2 defense, and said the key revolves around stopping the Eagles’ skill personnel, including the quarterback and primary running back.

Roark said adjustments have been made.

“We’ve made some changes on defense and put some new people in some different spots, with a few different schemes. We’ll go from there,” said Roark.

Roark also believes the Comets can bounce back.

“It’s a tough start, but at the same time, you lost two games by (no more than) seven points and two turnovers. You’re not getting blown out. The kids are battling all the way to the end. There’s still a very positive outlook among the kids,” said Roark. “It’d be very easy to turn it off after that last one (Person) and they haven’t. (HCHS) bonded a little bit more and they’ve gotten closer together.

“They realize we have the potential to do some good things here. The old saying, it takes one player, one game, one play. Who’s it going be?” said Roark.

DISTRICT LOOK: Magna Vista, a future Comet opponent, is 1-0 in the Piedmont district and 3-1 overall. GW gets its first Piedmont district game with the Comets Friday, and the Eagles are unbeaten in three tests.

After that, there’s a considerable dropoff. Franklin County, Tunstall and Bassett all are 1-3. HCHS and Patrick County are 0-3, and Martinsville is 0-4.

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