- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
A number of seasons have passed since Halifax County High School has had a running back to churn up 1,000 yards or more in a single season. Barring injuries or other unfortunate circumstances, the Comets have one running back, maybe two, that could possibly reach that milestone.
Senior running back Trey Roberts and junior fullback Alonzo Bennett have combined for 1,116 yards through the season’s first six games. Roberts has tallied 642 yards on 96 carries. Bennett, who stepped in to fill the vacancy at fullback that was created when Akeem Robertson Cook was sidelined with an injury early in the season, has logged 464 yards on 75 carries.
The two running backs are a potent tandem, with Roberts averaging 6.68 yds. per carry and Bennett averaging 6.18 yds. per carry.
Halifax County High School Head Coach Dave Wojtecki said Roberts and Bennett give the Comets a ground attack that is hard for opposing teams to stop.
“Each one runs every run play we have in our system,” Wojtecki pointed out.
“A team can’t key on us running a certain play for one and a certain play for the other. It’s very good balance-wise for us to be able to have two runners like them that can do that.”
Roberts and Bennett are good teammates that feed off of each other and help each other improve.
“I can see myself getting a lot better, and I can see Alonzo getting better,” Roberts pointed out.
“Alonzo keeps me in the game. He’s competition. I can’t let him go out there and show me up. He keeps me motivated. During practice, if I mess up, he will tell me what I’m doing wrong and when he messes up, I tell him. We try to put it together and make something positive happen.”
Bennett enjoys the friendly competition with his teammate and says they have become friends.
“Football has brought us a lot closer together as friends than what we were,” Bennett said.
“People have been saying to me that we have good balance. I guess we’re just fast, and it’s working.”
Wojtecki says it is good to see the two running backs working together.
“They want to see each other succeed,” Wojtecki explained.
“It’s fun to watch them compete and, at the same time, help each other and root for each other. Sometimes if we’re in a one-back look, I can hear Alonzo in the background yelling for Trey and when Alonzo is in, Trey is yelling for Alonzo.”
Bennett said he had no idea he would have this kind of early success when the season started.
“I just came out here to play,” Bennett said with a smile.
Roberts said he, too, had no idea that he would have had this kind of success.
“I really didn’t have a clue,” he said.
“I came into this season knowing this is my last year, and I was determined to do the best I could. I felt like I had to show up and do what I need to do because last year I had an injury problem and didn’t get to play as much as I wanted to. I want to show people I haven’t fallen off.”
Both running backs credit a much-improved Comets offensive line for their success.
“I give it all to our line,” Bennett remarked.
“The offensive line has gotten a lot better. Last year, the offensive line wasn’t as good. This year the guys have tightened up.
“Last year they (the offensive linemen) weren’t as dedicated,” added Roberts.
“This year, our offensive line is much more dedicated. With the line’s blocking skill and my speed and Alonzo’s speed, it’s been good.”