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The Halifax County High School junior varsity football team showed good progress Saturday, holding its own in a pre-season scrimmage against Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg.

Both teams scored once, with Liberty Christian scoring once on a 17-yard pass during the portion of the scrimmage in which both teams took turns in a pair of 10-play offensive series.

When the game-simulation portion of the scrimmage was contested, the Comets scored on a one-yard run by James Anderson. That score. Which capped a three-play, 35-yard drive, was the lone score of that portion of the scrimmage.

“We weren’t worried about the score,” noted Comets Head Coach Kenneth Day.

“The kids played hard. That’s all you can ask of them. What we wanted them to do was play hard and get some reps in and get some experience. We did that.”

Day said the scrimmage showed that the team has made a good deal of progress in the past week.

“They made a huge amount of progress because they’re practicing with the varsity team,” Day explained.

“The varsity coaches are taking them to the side and working with individual kids and doing things like that. What makes the difference for them is getting quality coaching and playing against quality kids. When the kids are put with the varsity coaches they get quality coaching. They might not get a lot of reps at times, but they get quality coaching and quality competition in practice.”

Day said both the offensive and defensive units fared well at times.

“The defense played well, as usual,” he noted.

“They’ve been practicing well, so they’re going to play well. It’s just the execution of the plays and the execution of the stunts is a little off. We’re missing making tackles at times, being where you’re supposed to be on a pass play, knowing who you’re supposed to block on a running play, where you’re supposed to be on a pass route and that sort of things.

“Those are types of things we have to refine,” he added.

“That will come in time. We will be fine.”