- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School junior varsity football team won the battle of turnovers and came away with its second straight win in the process. Scoring both offensively and defensively, the Comets rolled up a 40-6 win over the Person (N.C.) High School jayvees Thursday night in Roxboro, N.C.
Thursday night’s win improved the Comets’ record to 2-1, while Person High School’s winless streak was extended to three games.
“The defensive coaches on the varsity team work with these kids as well,” pointed Comets Head Coach Kenneth Day.
“They stress creating turnovers. That’s what we did. The kids played their responsibility, and we were able to force some turnovers.”
The Comets forced three Rockets turnovers and turned two fumble recoveries into touchdowns. That, coupled with the Comets’ ability to score on three of their four first-half possessions and on two of their first three possessions of the second half, proved to be more than enough to seal the win.
Person High School scored for the only time in the game on its opening possession of the game with quarterback Tre’ Tapp hitting receiver Patrick Morgan on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 8:47 left in the first quarter. The score gave Person High School a 6-0 lead.
Halifax County High School answered on its first play from scrimmage with Donta Crews scoring on a 61-yard run with 8:09 left in the first quarter. Keith Crews’ kick put the Comets in front 7-6. They never trailed again.
The Comets scored again a short time later after defensive lineman Taurean Carter picked a Person High School fumble out of the air at midfield and returned it 15 yards to the Rockets’ 35-yard line.
Two plays later, Crews broke loose on a 34-yard scamper for a touchdown with 5:01 left in the first quarter. K. Crews’ kick failed, leaving the Comets with a 13-6 lead.
Halifax County High School made it three scores in as many possessions when quarterback Adrian Moran tossed a 32-yard strike to Truman Brown for a touchdown with 5:49 left in the first half. An attempted two-point conversion effort failed, putting the Comets up 19-6.
That score capped a successful first half for the Comets, who scored on three of their four possessions.
The trend continued at the start of the second half as Moran scored the first of two touchdowns he would score on the night. On the Comets first possession of the second half, Moran scored on a 3-yard run with 7:42 left in the third quarter to cap an eight-play 60-yard march. Kyle Lacks’ extra-point kick gave the Comets a 26-6 lead.
An 87-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Rymel Windsor with 3:33 left in the third quarter and an extra-point kick by K. Crews gave the Comets a 33-6 lead.
Moran capped the scoring for the Comets with a 39-yard touchdown run with 3:24 left in the game. The kick for the extra point by Lacks put the Comets up by the eventual 40-6 final score.
“The kids are playing well,” Day pointed out.
“They get all the credit. They were focused and stayed focused, and once the game started they just got after it. The kids played hard.”
P: Morgan 20 pass from Tapp, kick failed;
HC: D. Crews 61 run, K. Crews kick;
HC: D. Crews 34 run, K. Crews kick failed;
HC: Brown 32 pass from Moran, Moran pass to Walker failed;
HC: Moran 3 run, Lacks kick;
HC: Windsor 87 fumble return, K. Crews kick;
HC: Moran 39 run, Lacks kick.
Halifax Co. 13 6 14 7 - 40
Person High 6 0 0 0 - 6