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Comets ninth graders blanked

The Halifax County High School ninth-grade football team found itself out-matched Thursday night as it fell to Liberty Christian Academy 35-0 in Lynchburg. Thursday night’s loss dropped the Comets’ record to 1-3 on the season.

“LCA was pretty overpowering,” said Comets Head Coach Robbie Compton.

“They were very disciplined in all aspects, and very fundamentally sound. We played hard and never gave up, but were simply out-matched.”

Compton said the Comets had a little success running the football, but found it tough as LCA loaded up the box. He said he had his players try to loosen up the LCA defense by trying to throw the ball, but that didn’t work consistently either.

“We tried to spread them out some with more open formations and throwing the ball some, but they did really well defending by putting pressure on Ethan (Comets quarterback Ethan Woltz) forcing him to keep the ball or throw it before the (pass) routes really formed.”

While the Comets had a tough night, there were some good plays. The Comets’ R.J. Oliver blocked an LCA field goal early in the game. Late in the game, the Comets’ Treyquan Holt blocked a LCA punt deep in LCA territory to give the Comets good field position.

Despite LCA’s domination of the game, the Comets showed improvement in the area of turnovers as they lost the ball only once as the result of a fumble.

“We are protecting the ball better,” Compton pointed out.

“The guys are progressing well week to week, and we should see more success in our final three games.

The Comets ninth-grade team will return to action Wednesday when it travels to Lynchburg to face the E.C. Glass High School freshman team. Game time is 6 p.m. at E.C. Glass High School.