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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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Sports Today for Aug. 19, 2013

SoVaNow.com / August 19, 2013
Jeremy Jeffress continues to pitch very well for Triple A Buffalo, part of the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system.

And he’s involved in a pennant race.

Jeffress, the former Comet standout, has a 1-0 record with a 1.69 ERA for Buffalo. He has appeared in 19 games, throwing 21.1 innings. Jeffress has allowed 20 runs, 18 earned. He has 13 walks and has fanned 21 batters.

Jeffress has lowered his WHIP to 1.31 and has two saves.

In his last ten games with Buffalo, Jeffress has surrendered three runs, two earned. He has a 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings, and has not allowed an earned run in six straight appearances. That’s an impressive stretch. Jeffress last appeared against Rochester on August 14 and 16, throwing two scoreless innings. Jeffress had three strikeouts in his last outing against Rochester.

The Herd defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 7-2, Saturday night, closing the gap in the Wild card race. The win helped Buffalo close within a half game of Pawtucket in the International League Wild Card race.

Jeffress did not appear in the game.

LOCAL VISITOR: Former Comet standout Scooter Sutphin, who made all-state on both offense and defense as a member of the famed ‘Wrecking Crew’ 1991 Group AAA state title football team, stopped by his former high school practice fields this week. Sutphin is a family man and a success in Baltimore, with a nephew on the current Halifax County Middle School football team.

Sutphin was an outstanding noseguard and offensive guard for the Wrecking Crew.

The lineage continues as Jamar Traynham plays on the middle school football team.

TECH TROUBLES: It’s been a particularly troubling week on the injury front at Virginia Tech, now counting down for its Aug. 31 season opener against top-ranked Alabama.

The Hokies, who are unranked, announced a season-ending surgery to outside linebacker Ronnie Vandyke, who will need shoulder surgery.

Offensive lineman Mark Shuman has a torn meniscus in his right knee, meaning he will be out 4-6 weeks, according to Tech.

Running back J.C. Coleman has a right and left ankle sprain, with the left a high ankle sprain. The Hokies are optimistic Coleman can return for Alabama, although his status is uncertain.

And senior running back Tony Gregory reinjured his left ACL, spelling the end of his Tech career.

HOKIE SCRIMMAGE: Logan Thomas went five-for-15 for 72 yards and one touchdown in Tech’s lastest scrimmage, not exactly the kind of positive performance one would expect from a key performer for the Hokies. James Gayle had two and a half sacks as the Hokie defense is ahead of the offense.

The offense collected 176 yards, including 74 rushing. The defense recorded eight sacks and three interceptions.

Projected starting tailback Trey Edmunds had one carry in the scrimmage.

Noted Tech’s running backs coach Shane Beamer, “He (Edmunds) got 12 plays. I wish we had run the ball more, but (Scot) Loeffler (Tech’s offensive coordinator) had enough going on without me telling him that we needed to run Trey. We’ve seen Trey in practice. We know what he can do.”

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