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STIFF ARM – HCHS freshman Alonzo Bennett tries to repel a Heritage defender Thursday night at the Comet field. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2009
Heritage capitalized on Comet mistakes and rolled to a 28-8 win in ninth grade football action Thursday night.

Comet coach Kenneth Day took the blame for the loss.

“The kids are playing hard. They are a little bit disappointed. But it’s all my fault. They weren’t prepared to play and they did everything they could do to win the game. I made some bad calls and mistakes and that’s what cost us,” said Day.

The Comet freshmen stopped the Pioneers on their opening drive, but Heritage cranked up its rushing attack and scored on its second drive at the 1:59 mark, overcoming a penalty for blocking in the back during the series. Heritage led 8-0 after the two-point conversion.

The Pioneers later extended the lead to 14-0 with 5:39 left in the second period.

But the Comet defense later got an interception, setting up a scoring drive for HCHS. Alonzo Bennett slammed over from the two, and Devon Spates added the two-point conversion.

HCHS remained in contention, trailing 14-8 with 40.8 seconds left before the half.

The Comets were picked off with 3:47 left in the third period, and Heritage tacked on another score to establish a 20-8 lead with 1:16 remaining in the quarter.

Heritage added a final score with 3:38 remaining in the game on a touchdown pass. Heritage added the two-point play.

Day praised the competitive spirit of the Comet freshmen. “They continued to play hard, no matter what the score was. That’s all you can ask kids when they play.

“We’ve just got to bounce back,” said Day, whose Comets now have an off-week.

Day said the focus would be to improve the overall execution heading into the heart of the season.

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