- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
In a game where big plays made the difference, the Comets’ jayvee football team made fewer than visiting Jefferson Forest in losing its season-opener 28-0 Thursday night at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.
Halifax County got as far as the Cavalier 37-yard line in the second quarter, the Cavalier 26-yard line in the second quarter, and to the Cavalier 42-yard line and the 25-yard line in the third quarter.
Each drive ended on downs, with a pair of them ending on incomplete passes.
The Cavaliers scored on a 10-yard run two plays after recovering a high snap on the Comets’ first punt attempt of the night, hitting the extra point attempt for a 7-0 lead with 7:24 left in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers marched 81 yards in 16 plays that consumed almost six minutes of the first quarter to score its second touchdown.
Jefferson Forest converted two fourth-down plays to keep the drive going, converting the first on a fake punt and the second on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.
After a Comets failed to convert on a fourth down play at the Jefferson Forest 26-yard line, the Cavaliers covered 74 yards in six plays to score on a five-yard pass with 21 seconds left in the first half, missing the extra point for a 20-0 halftime lead.
The Comets’ best drives of the first half came in the second quarter.
The first featured 15-yard and 12-yard runs by Roland Brandon, but that drive fizzled out on downs at the Jefferson Forest 37-yard line.
The Comets took possession after a fumbled snap on a Cavalier punt gave them possession at the Jefferson Forest 33-yard line, but that drive stalled when a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
Jefferson Forest drove 43 yards in six plays to score its final touchdown with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter, the score coming on a four-yard run.
A two-point conversion run made it 28-0 before the Comets’ best drive of the second half.
That came in the third quarter after Brandon stripped a Cavalier receiver of the ball inside the Halifax 10-yard line.
A 43-yard run, followed by a penalty on Jefferson Forest and runs by Moran and Ezra Walker got Halifax as far as the Cavalier 25-yard line before the drive ended on downs.
I think the kids played hard, but I made too many mistakes coaching,” said Comets’ coach Kenneth Day.
“They did a lot of good things and played hard all four quarters.
“They just made a couple of mistakes. I hope we can bounce back next week against E.C. Glass, and they’ll be pretty tough.
“We’ll work on execution this week, and me getting better at what I’m supposed to do.”
JF 14 6 8 0-28
HC 0 0 0 0-0