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Last pre-season scrimmage comes in GW Jamboree

The Halifax County High School football team faces its final pre-season test today and it will be a big one. Halifax County High School is slated to scrimmage Osbourn Park High School and Tunstall High School today in the annual GW High School Football Jamboree. Today’s test will be a big one not only in terms of the Comets coaching staff being able to assess what areas need more work and which players have the capability to step up into a starting role, but also in terms of a decision about the team’s quarterback.

“I’m looking for assignments to be a lot better,” noted Comets Head Coach Dave Wojtecki.

“I’m looking for us to be a little more crisp on offense. I’m looking for better decisions from our quarterbacks. We missed multiple reads last week.

“Defensively,” he continued, “we lined up wrong a few time last week. We’re looking to make sure we line up correctly every single time, no matter what kind of offense they’re running. We’re looking at little things like that right now.”

Wojtecki and his coaching staff still must make a decision about the team’s quarterback situation. Ford Bradshaw, Richard Jacobs and Tyler Stephens have been working out at quarterback and all three have remained solid candidates throughout pre-season workouts.

“Hopefully we can have a quarterback that will put himself ahead of everybody else this week,” Wojtecki remarked.

“I think we’ve narrowed it down to two right now. The third one we might use as a short-yardage quarterback and possibly keeping the ball and running the ball a little bit more.

“I’m going to play the two lead guys a little bit more,” Wojtecki continued.

“They will get more of the snaps than the third one. Hopefully one of them will jump out at us and do some things to justify starting him next Friday night (when the Comets open their season against Jefferson Forest High School).”

Just like last week, Wojtecki says he is not going to be concerned about the score when it comes to today’s scrimmages against Osbourn Park High School and Tunstall High School.

“It’s tough to worry about that because we’ve been trying to really focus on Jefferson Forest and what it does offensively and defensively,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“With scrimmages, you just worry about how you look because you’re focusing on one thing and the other teams may do something totally different than what you have been preparing for all week. We will walk through multiple defenses and offenses and how to line up. You just hope that they carry that over on Friday.”

Health-wise, the Comets have a small number of banged up players, and overall are in pretty good shape.

“We’ve got a few guys that are banged up,” noted the Comets coach.

“We’re trying to get them back as fast as possible. We have some ankle injuries and some guys that have had their bell rung a little bit. I wouldn’t say it was a concussion, but we’re very cautious about that type of injury. We have a couple of guys that have some little nagging injuries that they are practicing through them.”

Wojtecki said there are three players in what he calls his first group that could possibly sit out or see limited action today.

“We’ll check everyone again tomorrow (Friday) and see how they are and make a decision from there.”