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Comets freshmen toppled by E.C. Glass

The Halifax County High School ninth-grade football team’s season debut wasn’t as sparkling as had been hoped. Taking advantage of three Comets turnovers, the E.C. Glass High School freshmen downed the Comets 38-12 here Monday night at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

“The kids played hard,” said Comets Head Coach Robbie Compton.

“We’ve still got a lot to iron out as far as assignments and things like that. All I asked them to do was to come out and play as hard as they could. They gave me everything they had. If you go on “want to win,” we win this game.”

The Comets got off to a good start, taking advantage of a short E.C. Glass punt to start their first possession of the game at the Hilltoppers’ 27-yard line.

Halifax County needed five plays to score, with quarterback Ethan Woltz scoring on a 2-yrd plunge with 7:09 left in the second quarter to put the Comets up 6-0.

E.C. Glass High School got right back in it, needing only two plays to cover 67 yards. A 37-yard touchdown run with 6:45 left in the first half tied the game at 6-6.

The Hilltoppers came right back to score again, taking advantage of a Comets fumble and scoring on a 13-yard run to take a 12-6 lead with 5:21 left in the half.

Halifax County High School moved the ball well, but failed to capitalize on a pair of potential scoring opportunities. On the team’s first possession of the game, the Comets drove to the Hilltoppers’ 17-yard line only to lose the ball on a fumble.

On its final possession of the first half, Halifax County got inside the Hilltoppers’ 5-yard line and was unable to score.

The second half belonged to E.C. Glass High School.

E.C. Glass scored on a 47-yard touchdown run on its first play from scrimmage in the second half. The touchdown and extra point put the Hilltoppers up 19-6.

A 9-yard run for a touchdown on the Hilltoppers second possession of the second half put them up 25-6. A 35-yard return of an intercepted pass for a touchdown with 4:47 left in the third quarter gave the Hilltoppers a 32-6 lead.

Halifax County got on the scoreboard for its final time of the game when Michael Marable raced 38 yards for a touchdown with 55 seconds left in the third quarter. Marable’s run on a two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Comets trailing 32-12.

E.C. Glass scored once more after that, scoring on a 40-yard touchdown run with 7:47 left in the game to take a 38-12 advantage.

Compton said he moved the Comets out of the offensive formations he used at the start of the game.

“We moved the ball very well out of our two-back set, which I knew we would,” he pointed out.

“I wanted to see what we could do when we spread the field out and see if we could run a little better. I started to stay in it (the two-back set), but we started getting some guys hit pretty hard. I had a couple of guys that couldn’t go back out. We don’t have big numbers, so I moved away from it. It made a big difference.”