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Comets varsity football team gears up for home opener

Tonight is a big night for the Halifax County High School football team. The Comets will play their first home game of the season tonight, hosting E.C. Glass High School of Lynchburg at 7 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

Comets Head Coach Dave Wojtecki said he and the team are looking forward to playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

“It’s always nice to come home,” said Wojtecki, whose Comets team lost its season opener last week against Jefferson Forest High School.

“It’s good for people get to see the results of all of the hard work the kids have done over the summer learning a new system on defense and tweaking some things on offense.

“I think the kids will be excited getting to put on their new uniforms for the first time,” he added.

“Maybe some good things will happen for us early to spark our confidence. If that happens, we can be very dangerous.”

One of the concerns Wojtecki is facing tonight is his team’s injury situation. Comets sophomore quarterback Richard Jacobs is out for the season after having suffered a dislocated hip in last Friday night’s opener against Jefferson Forest High School. Tyler Stephens will move up into the backup slot behind senior starter Ford Bradshaw.

“We’re trying to get the game plan so that Ford can gain some confidence, use that arm he has, and do a good job managing our game plan and what we need him to accomplish for us,” Wojtecki explained.

“Richard is out for the season. The good thing is he’s only a tenth-grader and we will have two more seasons with him. That’s a tough loss. He was obviously a difference-maker.

“Tyler is now the second quarterback,” continued Wojtecki.

“We’re trying to get a small package prepared for him running the ball and doing the things he does well outside of the pocket.”

In all, about a half a dozen Comets starters are down with injuries sustained either in last Friday’s game or during practice this week. Wojtecki said he holds some hope that maybe two or three of them will be able to play on a limited basis.

“How many of them will be available and how much they can play, we don’t know right now,” Wojtecki said Wednesday evening.

“They will be evaluated and we will see Friday where we are. Right now, we’re trying to fill holes in places, special teams, starting offense and starting defense. You just try to get your backups ready.”

The Comets are facing a formidable opponent in E.C. Glass High School. E.C. Glass High School returns 13 starters, six on offense, six on defense, and its kicker/punter. Last season, the Hilltoppers were 5-6 on the season and lost to Staunton River High School in the first round of the Group AA Region III playoffs.

Wojtecki says E.C. Glass High School will be a dangerous opponent for his team.

“When you go 2-8 last year and go 0-1 to start the season, every single team we play is dangerous,” he pointed out.

Tonight’s game, he says, is a crucial game, if for no other reason than the fact his team is in big need of a win.

“We need a win,” he said.

“I feel if we can get a win early our confidence will grow. We’re a totally different team when we believe that we can make things happen.”