- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School freshman football team coach Robbie Compton had his hands full in Monday night’s game against the Franklin County High School freshmen here at Tuck Dillard Stadium. With eight players missing, most of them due to soreness resulting from the Oct. 12 accident the team bus was involved in on the way to Lynchburg, the Comets coach literally had to piece together a team.
“I’m not a person for making excuses, but we’re down seven or eight kids,” Compton pointed out.
“We were trying to piece things together as best we could. I can’t say enough about the fight in the kids we had.”
The Comets put up a good tussle, but Franklin County High School prevailed 28-14.
Monday night’s loss dropped the Comets’ record to 1-4 on the season.
Franklin County High School scored on its opening possession of the game and followed by returning a Comets fumble for a touchdown to take a 16-0 lead with 55.1 seconds left in the first quarter.
Dante Crews made up for some of the early deficit when he raced 25 yards for a touchdown with 4:34 left in the first half to make the score 16-6.
The Eagles answered with a touchdown to pad their lead to 22-6. Halifax County closed the gap just before halftime, with Michael Marable picking off a Franklin County High School pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown with three tenths of a second left on the clock.
A two-point conversion run by Crews allowed the Comets to cut their deficit to eight points at 22-14 at halftime.
Halifax County High School played a much better second half, but was unable to stop Franklin County High School from adding another touchdown with 7:55 left in the game to make the 28-14 final score.
The Comets have one more game remaining on their schedule, that coming Oct. 27 when the Comets travel to Lynchburg to face Heritage High School.