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Contact drills conclude opening week

Halifax County High School’s football team wrapped up a good first week of drills Saturday with more than two hours of full-contact drills. And, as has been the case all week, Comets head coach Dave Wojtecki had nothing but praise for his team’s effort.

“It was really good,” Comets head coach Dave Wojtecki said of Saturday’s workouts in full gear.

“We did all hitting drills. We wanted to see who was going to throw it up in there and not shy away from contact. The guys did a good job coming out and putting forth all of their effort into that drill.”

The Comets opened the week with three days of two-a-day practices clad in helmets. On Thursday and Friday, the team was decked out in helmets and shoulders pads. Saturday marked the team’s first day in full gear and its first day with full-contact drills.

Saturday’s practice was a good one, Wojtecki said, especially in light of the fact that Friday’s practice was not as good as sharp as those of the four preceding days.

“I was very pleased with what we saw,” the Comets coach said following Saturday’s workouts.

“We had kind of a down practice on Friday where we weren’t quite as intense as we normally are. We came right out today and our first drill was a very aggressive hitting drill. The guys rose to the occasion.”

Wojtecki attributed Friday’s minor downturn to the players being tired from a busy first week.

“Anytime you put the shoulder pads on, you feel a little tired and your legs get to feeling a little tired,” explained Wojtecki.

“I asked some of the older guys that understand the game of football how they were feeling and how their legs were doing. I tried to feel them out a little bit. They were tired. They had been doing a lot of running and a lot of working.

“We just had that one day where we weren’t really on top of our game. But, they stepped up amazingly and did a great job.”

Wojtecki said the players continue to show a lot of excitement about the upcoming season.

“I think their spirits are very high,” remarked the Comets coach.

“I think they see that the off-season program has helped them a lot. I heard a lot of guys coming off of the field saying they felt pretty good. That’s a testament to what they did in the off-season.

“I will meet with our leadership board on Monday to get a feel for how everybody is doing and talk about things that need to be discussed,” he added.
Today, the Comets will begin what will become their normal practice routine for the coming school year, hitting the field from 3:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. for drills.

“We’ll start getting them into the habit of that practice schedule,” Wojtecki said.

“That will be our normal routine on a school day.”

Today, the focus of the Comets’ work will be on preparing for the August 27 season-opening home game against Petersburg.

“I’ve already started watching film,” Wojtecki noted.

“We will prepare copies of that film for our coaches so we can break down Petersburg offensively and defensively and come up with a game plan.

“Our focus from here on is Petersburg,” continued Wojtecki.

“Everything is starting to get geared towards that.”