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Comet notebook

SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2009
Clearing out the HCHS varsity football notebook after a disheartening loss to Person County:

PUNTING PROWESS: Comet punter Dru Henderson could have been the game MVP. The Comet specialist had a key role in consistently winning the field position battle for HCHS when he punted.

Henderson had a partially blocked punt that set up PC’s go-ahead, second half touchdown, but the protection appeared to break down on the play.

Otherwise, Henderson had an excellent night. The Comet specialist punted from the HC 40 to the Person 17 in the second period.

Henderson had another fine punt with the Comets stalled with a fourth and six at their 47 in the second period. Henderson got a good bounce and backed the Rockets up at their 10-yard line with 4:08 left in the period.

In the third period, Henderson punted from the PC 43, and Halifax had superb coverage, backing the Rockets up at their 15.

Henderson had another excellent punt, after the Comets had fourth and 11 at their 36 very early in the fourth period.

Henderson again pinned the Rockets at their 10, but PC still managed to knock out a touchdown drive.

JEFFRESS MAKES VARSITY DEBUT: He did not have any measurable impact on the game, but the Comets pulled up freshman Rufus Jeffress Jr. (15) for varsity duty Friday.

Jeffress is a promising athlete, and is first cousin to former Comet baseball standout Jeremy Jeffress.

Jeffress, who was playing in the slot position, could be an impact performer for the future.

“The kid can play,” said Comets’ receivers coach Jay Cole. “Tremendous amount of potential. We wanted to be able to reward the kid for what he’s done, and give him a shot. He’s coming along, and we’re going to be able to lean on him when we need to, I believe.”

Jeffress could play a role in the varsity offense as the season moves forward.

COMET NOTEBOOK: The Comets held a moment of silence to remember the eighth year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks before the game. … Senior split end starter Andre Ervin (84) was not available for the Rocket game .... The Comets travel to Heritage Friday night, before returning home in two weeks for Martinsville.

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