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Halifax faces Martinsville on the road Friday

It will be a short-handed Halifax County High School varsity football team that will hit the road tonight to face Martinsville High School.

The Comets will be missing a handful of players sidelined by injuries, about a half a dozen of whom would have been likely starters had they been healthy.

Nevertheless, Comets Head Coach Dave Wojtecki says his team is still capable of winning tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Martinsville High School.

“Our guys are very capable of winning this game,” Wojtecki said.

“It all depends upon if they come to play, or if they’re going to come feeling bad about themselves. If they show up to play, we will be fine.”

Tonight’s game is a big one for the two teams, both of which are 1-3 on the season. Both teams are in need of a win to rebuild some momentum.

“If we can go out and win this game, it will help a lot of things,” Wojtecki said.

“The attitudes among the players in practice have been good. There hasn’t been much of a change in how the kids practice.

With all of the hard work they’re doing, they need to see some positives.”

In order to win tonight, though, the Comets are going to have to get solid play from a handful of reserves. One of the big areas of concern is at the center position. Last week the Comets had trouble with the exchange between the center and the quarterback and it cost them dearly.

Tonight, Wojtecki is having to go with Trey Reese as a third-string center as the team’s first two centers on the depth chart are out of action with injuries. Running back Trey Roberts remains sidelined as is wide receiver Freddie Edmunds.

Others that either start or play significant minutes that will not play tonight include offensive and defensive lineman Mark Lloyd, defensive back Charles Chandler, linebacker Dae’Quin Owens and center Kiaos Ragsdale.

“The injuries make it difficult,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“But, that’s football. We’ve got to find somebody that will step up to play for us. We’ve got to play. Somebody has got to step up and play that role.”

Martinsville High School is a team that cannot be taken lightly. The Bulldogs have a fairly good amount of team speed and some good athletes that they will try to get out into the open spaces.

The Bulldogs’ offense, Wojtecki said, resembles the Comets’ offense.

“It’s an option offense,” Wojtecki explained, “kind of what we do offensively. It’s a little different than what we do, but it’s basically the same philosophy.”

Martinsville High School, he said, has talent to make it work.

“Martinsville has three very talented runners,” he pointed out.

“The quarterback will also be a running back at times. The tailback is very talented. They bring another kid at quarterback when No. 5 (the primary quarterback) goes to being a running back. He’s mainly the throwing guy and the other one is mainly the running quarterback.”

All in all, tonight’s game should be a good one with both teams struggling to get into the win column.

After tonight’s game, the Comets have one more game, next Friday’s Homecoming game against Magna Vista High School, before getting an open week as a prelude to the Western Valley District portion of their season.