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‘It was definitely a hard decision to make but the primary responsibility is to keep our kids in a safe position’ – Comet coach Robert Senseney
SoVaNow.com / March 18, 2021


On Tuesday, Halifax County High School athletics director Allen Lawter announced that this Friday’s home football game with Magna Vista had been canceled.

Lawter said that the cancelation was not due to anything COVID-19 related but more with just the health of the kids.

“The Comets have unfortunately suffered a large number of game and practice related injuries that make it unsafe for the remaining players to compete this week and possibly in future competitions,” Lawter said in a release issued by the school.

For right now decisions to play will be evaluated on a weekly basis. Student-athletes’ ability to compete will be assessed on a daily basis.

On Tuesday evening HCHS head varsity football coach Robert Senseney said the team continues to have light practices. But as far as competing goes for right now, due to injuries the team is not able to field a squad that is in the best interest of the safety of the players.

“We’re trying,” the first-year coach said, clearly disappointed in how the season is unfolding. “Right now looking at my injury list it’s 11 kids on the injured list.

“Some of that goes from their being out day-to-day, to being questionable, to being out for the season.”

As the football season approached Senseney was concerned with having enough time to get his guys properly conditioned and in game shape. Though he knows it’s no one’s fault in particular, he said not being able to have that conditioning/practice time has been a problem that is now playing out in real time.

“Obviously a lack of lifting and conditioning and then obviously our low numbers, and then really a condensed period there and that’s really nobody’s fault … it’s just COVID,” Senseney explained.

Senseney said during difficult times like these senior classman leadership can make a difference. He is appreciative of what his seniors are doing but says the team faces challenges with having younger players without a lot of varsity playing experience.

“It’s just the reality of the situation,” Senseney continued. “We graduated a lot of seniors [last year] and some programs are rolling in senior heavy and you can see that difference.”

Senseney said they are going to evaluate practices on Monday and see where they stand. Tuesdays will always bring the discussion of how did Monday’s practice go and the team will just go from there.

“Really what we’re looking for is to improve our fundamentals and start working on things like our demeanor, how we carry ourselves,” Senseney said. “How you deal with adversity, is another thing we’re talking to our kids about. Hey, this is a tough situation but you can control how you react to things.”

Senseney said from a sports aspect canceling Friday’s game was tough but not so much when considering the safety of the guys playing.

“It was definitely a hard decision to make but the primary responsibility is to keep our kids in a safe position,” Senseney said.

The Magna Vista game was the last home game on the Comet schedule. Next up is a road contest with Patrick County on March 26.



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