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Comets jayvees fall to Franklin County

Halifax County High School had its chances but was unable to stave off Franklin County High School as the Eagles edged the Comets jayvees 14-6 here Thursday night at Tuck Dillard Stadium. Thursday night’s loss was the second straight loss for the Comets, who saw their season record dip to 4-3. It was the team’s first loss against a Western Valley District opponent.

“The defense played really well,” noted Comets Head Coach Kenneth Day.

“We didn’t do much offensively. We didn’t execute the way we need to execute. It’s my fault. I gave them (the players) too many days off. We didn’t practice Thursday or Monday. We’ll come back next week and we will be fine.”

Franklin Count y High School took the lead in the first half, with Adonis Edwards scoring on a 2-yard run with 2:10 left in the first half. The Eagles ran in a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.

Halifax County’s defense had the Eagles facing a fourth-down and goal situation at the 8-yard line, but was tagged with a pass interference call on a play on which the Comets’ Tre’ Morgan intercepted an Eagles pass in the end zone.

The penalty gave the Eagles a first down at the Comets’ 4-yard line and the Eagles scored two plays later. Franklin County’s score capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive that consumed the last two minutes and 10 seconds of the first quarter and the first 7:50 of the second quarter.

Halifax County displayed its ability to eat up the clock in the third quarter, holding onto the football and putting together a 14-play, 68-yard march that yielded a 10-yard touchdown run by Jerry Lennon with 36.9 seconds left in the third quarter. Lennon’s attempted run for a two-point conversion failed, leaving Franklin County with an 8-6 lead.

Franklin County answered on its ensuing possession, with John Hostutler breaking free on a 43-yard touchdown run with 9:47 left in the game. Hostutler’s run came on the Eagles’ fourth play from scrimmage and capped a 70-yard march.

The Eagles attempted another two-point conversion attempt, this time with Hostutler, but the Comets’ defense held, leaving Franklin County High School with the 14-6 lead it held the rest of the game.

Halifax County made a final bid for a score on its ensuing possession, driving down to the Eagles’ 15-yard line. The Comets came up empty, though, failing to convert on a fourth-down pass play.

“We had a chance (to win),” Day pointed out.

“We had a couple of key plays we didn’t make on both sides of the ball. I give them (Franklin County High School) credit. They are a well-disciplined team on both sides of the ball.”

The Comets jayvees will play their final home game of the season Thursday when they face Patrick Henry High School at 6 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium.