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The Comets - position by position

The 2009 HCHS varsity Comets, seeking to bounce back from a losing season last fall, will relay heavily on senior quarterback Dale Trent, a versatile and athletic receiving corps, spirited line play on both sides of the ball, and a revitalized defense.

Jayvees plan to be competitive

Members of the Comet junior varsity football team, front row, from left, are, Rodzavian Crowell, Freddie Edmonds, Coby Markham, Charles Chandler, Dakota Delaware, Calvin Jennings and Rufus Jeffress. Second row, Jarmal Brooks, Reggie Jones, DeMoines Boyd, Miles Claiborne, Akem Robertson, Chris Glass, Bryant Coleman, Cody Palmer and Trey Roberts. Third row, DaeQuin Owens, Jacob Saunders, London Waller, Tyrell Harris, Seth Adams, Ryan Elliott, Kiaos Ragsdale and Deandre Delaware. Back row, head coach Dave Wojtecki, assistant coach Mick Gallagher, Cody Womack, Bernard Bradsher, Joe Martin, and assistant coach Robbie Compton.

Freshmen play strong

Members of the Comet ninth-grade football team, front row, from left, are Trey Burkholder, Corey Brooks, Jarius Logan, Alonzo Bennette, Tavaris Hamlett, TecQuin Hogue, Johnny Thaxton, Ryshem Lane, Matthew Brown and Dominique Lassiter. Second row, Samuel Schaufler, Brian Mayfield, Galantre Thaxton, Ryan Puryear, Spencer Penick, Boris Pointer, Deon Adams, Deonta Fountain, Wayne Wiley, Patrick Barton and Andrew Hamlett. Third row, Dillion Plautz, David Perkins, Avery White, Josh Pena, Chris Baisch, Jeremy Garrett, Andrew Dickerson, Jacob Lawhorn, Troy Palmer and Marcus Williams. Back row, Jaquan Owen, Devon Spates, Tyler Dunn, Rakjuan Windsor, Jeremy Tucker, assistant coaches Matt Gunn, Bo Palmore, Devin Fountain, Billy Lucas, and head coach Kenneth Day.

Comet scrimmage results ‘mixed’


STRIPPED - Comet wideout Lemal Adams (7) was stripped of the football against Western Branch Friday, leading to a touchdown for the opposition. Adams fumbled twice in Friday's scrimmage. (David Conner II photos)
Halifax County had its final two preseason varsity football scrimmages Friday at the Football Jamboree in Danville, with mixed results. The Comets, 3-7 a year ago, got hammered by a very talented Western Branch team, 32-0, but rallied in the second scrimmage to outlast Gretna, 14-12.

Comet notebook

Patches Trent grimaces during a break from the action. (David Conner II photo)
The production and consistency of the receiving corps is extremely important to the spread offense favored by the Halifax County High School varsity football team. Comet fans should be reassured that the HCHS assistant in charge of this group is optimistic heading into the season opener Friday.

Comets grade well in scrimmage

Comet head football coach Stan Hodgin came away very pleased after the first preseason scrimmage Friday against Prince Edward High School. “I thought our effort, I thought our focus, I thought our enthusiasm was outstanding. We are at least where we hoped to be, if not a little further along,” said Hodgin.

Taking charge

Patches Trent
Halifax County varsity football fans looking for improvement over last year’s 3-7 finish should take notice of one major positive for this year’s Comet edition. HCHS has an experienced senior quarterback, Patches Trent, who won’t be splitting time at the position again. Trent appears to be showing excellent leadership skills.

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