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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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Someone’s getting a win

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‘All we can do is praise the positives. Continue to fix the negatives’ - Comet coach Mike Roark
SoVaNow.com / October 16, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity football gets Patrick County this week. Even on the road, the Comets have solid reasons for confidence Friday night.

Patrick County lost 84-0 to GW-Danville last week, with a running clock in the second half, and this program has not won in more than three seasons. PC is 0-6 again this season.

The Comets are 0-6 as well, but have been more competitive in their games than PCHS.

HCHS is coming off a tough 25-7 loss to Bassett, spoiling Homecoming. Comet coach Mike Roark said Monday the Comets are a “little beat up.

Staying positive and focusing on the positives that are on the field.” Halifax is still looking to put four consistent quarters together.

“Same with inconsistency. We do some good things and then we turn the ball over. Still have to tackle on defense and get off on the snap. Got to battle through the adversity,” Roark said.

Roark said this week’s opponent is “Struggling like us. (PC has a) tough schedule for a small school.”

Travel is always difficult and this is the longest Friday night journey on the season. But it helps that Friday is an early release day. The idea is to get there with time for the players to stretch their legs and get ready for the game.

Roark has a difficult task trying to find positive motivation in a season that’s been sliding away.

“All we can do is praise the positives. Continue to fix the negatives, tell the guys to hold (their) heads high and continue to battle,” said Roark.

As for the district, GW-Danville has improved to 3-0 in the Piedmont and 6-0. Magna Vista is 3-0 and 5-1 overall. Martinsville is 2-1 in the district and 2-5 overall.

Tunstall is 1-1 and 2-4. Franklin County is 1-1 and 2-5. Bassett is 1-2 and 2-4.

Halifax County and Patrick County are 0-3, 0-6.

Last week in the Piedmont, Franklin County downed Pulaski, 34-19. Bassett thumped the Comets, and Magna Vista posted a 35-7 win over Martinsville. GW-Danville also routed PC.

This week, Franklin County meets Brookville, Tunstall gets Bassett and Magna Vista travels to GW.

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