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Late rally by Comets JVs falls short

The Halifax County High School junior varsity football team’s late bid for a win in Thursday night’s game here against the Magna Vista High School jayvees came up short as Magna Vista High School escaped with a 22-20 win. Thursday night’s loss snapped the Comets’ recent win streak at three games and dropped the team’s record to 4-2 on the season.

“The one thing we continue to praise the kids on is that they continue to play hard,” said Head Coach Kenneth Day.

“We could have easily folded at the beginning, but the kids stayed with it and played hard.”

Magna Vista scored on its first possession of the game and took an 8-0 lead and added another touchdown on its second possession of the game to go up 14-0.

The Comets answered on their next possession, marching 60 yards in 11 plays, with Roland Brandon capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:48 left in the first half. Keith Crews’ kick allowed the Comets to cut their deficit to seven points at 14-7.

Magna Vista bounced back to score on a 40-yard pass play and add a two-point conversion to take a 22-7 lead with 4:45 left in the half.

Again the Comets countered, this time with a 10-play 65-yard drive, this one concluding in a 5-yard touchdown run by James Anderson with 43.9 seconds left in the first half. The conversion attempt failed, leaving the Comets trailing 22-13 at halftime.

The Comets shot themselves in the foot with two turnovers, a fumble and an interception, early in the second half. Halifax County’s first turnover was especially costly, as the Comets had driven to the Warriors’ 9-yard line before losing the ball on a fumble.

Halifax County got itself back into the game on an 18-yard touchdown run by Jerry Lennon with 3:22 left in the game. The extra-point kick by Keith Crews brought the Comets to within two points at 22-20.

Magna Vista was almost able to tack on another score, but had a 35-yard touchdown run with 28.5 seconds left in the game nullified by a penalty.

“I made some mistakes early that cost us a little bit,” Day pointed out.

“If I had just had them line up the regular offense and gone for two (a two-point conversion) and could have gotten it, we’d probably be playing overtime. I made mistakes that cost us a little bit.”

Like their varsity counterparts, the Comets jayvees will be idle this week, with their next game coming up on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Comets will face Franklin County High School that night at 6 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium.