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The good news, it doesn’t count

SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2013
The best news is, this one will not count in the regular season standings.

Halifax County High School varsity football got hammered Saturday in its benefit game, losing to Buckingham, 35-0. The Comets, somewhat depleted in terms of personnel, suffered ten turnovers, mostly on problems between the center and the quarterback.

HCHS opens its fall campaign Friday against Jefferson Forest on the road.

“There’s room for improvement. We came in second,” said Comet football coach Mike Roark.

Problems cropped up early, and snowballed.

“The first play of the game, we jumped offsides, dropped a pass. Next play, we jump offsides, All of a sudden, we’re third and 20. Every time we made a drive, we shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Roark.

Roark cited some adversity from postponing the game Friday afternoon. The game was reset for Saturday, after some scrambling around to get the game in.

Roark saw some bight spots in Saturday’s effort.

“It was a tough day. You’d see bright spots, we’d go four or five play drive on offense, or defense would make three or four great plays and all of a sudden, something would go wrong. They took advantage of it,” Roark said.

Buckingham will be good, possibly strong enough to go deep in the playoffs, he said.

At least Roark could keep something of a sense of humor about it.

“I made a comment on Facebook, for all you Wizard of Oz people, who say, was it lions, tigers and bears, oh my, change those words to turnovers, bad snaps, missed tackles, oh my,” said Roark.

“We had to learn. We’re a young team to begin with. We’re so young, it’s scary,” said Roark.

Roark said there were bad snaps, bad handoffs, dropped passes, missed alignments and missed tackles on defense, and other issues.

Roark said Richard Jacobs had a fine scrimmage, with some excellent catches. Tre Morgan ran the ball hard. Ryan Waller, at linebacker, started playing defense a little faster and made some good tackles.

Roark said Don Rice, the coach there, does an excellent job. The JF quarterback is Jake Crist, a promising player. “They’ve got a good receiver, they’ve got a good hard running back, they’ve got a good little wing back.

“Defensively, they’re very sound. They’ve got some lineman who stay low, they come off the ball.

“It’s a tough test, but it’s a doable test, too,” said Roark. “Now, if we play the way we did (Saturday afternoon), no. If we play like we did last week (against Staunton River), yes,” said Roark.

“We’re back in that young kids with consistency (issue). We’ve got to get the consistency dailed in,” said Roark.

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