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Turning it around

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GRIDIRON MEETING - HCHS varsity football coach Stan Hodgin meets with several Comets during Friday's loss to North Stafford. The Comets are 0-2, but hope to start get the season turned around at home Friday against Person County. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 10, 2009
The HCHS varsity football team seeks a turnaround in its season tomorrow night after an 0-2 start.

But it won’t be easy. Person County, which has yet to lose to the Comets in the Stan Hodgin era, represents a formidable opponent, despite its 1-2 record. Person County gave GW-Danville a tough battle last week, losing 14-7.

Halifax coach Stan Hodgin, interviewed Tuesday night, said, “the kids have come in, the focus has been good. They’ve been very diligent learning the game plan for the week. I think we’re in a pretty good frame of mind.”

Hodgin said of the annual border scrap with the Rockets, “I’m not so sure it’s not the deepest rivalry on the schedule. The history of the games between Halifax and Person have been, for the most part, hotly contested, played with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of emotion. It does appear that the visiting team, I think, held the upper hand in the last eight years. Hopefully, we can end that trend this year.”

Hodgin said, defensively, the Rockets will be the best team that we’ve faced. They do a great job of tackling. They’re very disciplined. Their guys don’t get out of position. They’re good individually open field tacklers and they’re also very good team tacklers.

“Offensively, they’ve had some struggles as we have had. They have progressively gotten better each of the three games. I do expect their offense to be quite a formidable task for our defense on Friday,” said Hodgin.

TURNOVER ISSUE: Ball security and interceptions have hampered the Comets, and the defense has struggled.

“I think we’re going to get better on defense by not turning the ball over in our own territory on offense, forcing our opponents to travel more yards to score. Along the way, I think we’re going to have to become better tacklers,” said Hodgin.

CONFIDENCE: Hodgin said flatly, “I expect us to win (against Person). I believe in these kids. I’d much rather be in light blue this Friday night than dark bllue.”

Hodgin said the Comets are “a team of great character, a highly emotional team. They’ve been through two tough Friday nights. Certainly, there’s been some reaction on the inside from those experiences. But when level heads prevail on Monday following the game, they’re a very focused group. They’ve conducted themselves with great character and I expect nothing less than tremendous competition from our guys on Friday.”

O-LINE PROGRESS: Hodgin said the o-line is a “work in progress. I think we’ve gotten better each of the two weeks that we played, compared to the scrimmages. Certainly, we’ve got our hands full this week as well.”

Starting lineman

COMET NOTEBOOK: Patches Trent has hung in there at quarterback, despite two tough outings to start the season.

“He’a a battler,” said Hodgin.





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