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Comets come home looking for a victory

After having taken its worst defeat of the season last week, the Halifax County High School varsity football team returns home tonight looking to get back into the win column. The Comets (2-6 overall, 0-2 district) will face William Fleming High School (0-8 overall, 0-2 district) tonight at 7 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium in a contest in which one of the two teams will pick up its first district win of the season.

Tonight will be a big night at Tuck Dillard Stadium with a reunion of the 1991 Halifax County High School state championship football team. This season marks the 20th anniversary of Halifax County High School’s only state football championship.

Halifax County High School Head Coach Dave Wojtecki says it will be good for his team to play at home as it has been more than a month since the team has played in the friendly confines of Tuck Dillard Stadium.

“It’s huge because you’ve got the support of the fans and we have the reunion of the 1991 state championship team,” Wojtecki said of tonight’s contest.

“Hopefully a little bit of their magic will rub off on us. I know the kids like to play at home and like to play in front of our home crowd. We also have the reunion of the 1991 state championship team, and I think it will help get the kids excited about playing.”

The Comets have suffered setbacks against the district’s top two teams, Franklin County High School and Patrick Henry High School, and need a win to finish off the season on a positive note. After tonight, the Comets have one more game remaining, a home game against archrival GW here a week from tonight.

“If we can win this game it will give us a lot of confidence to come out and play against GW,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“We want to finish with a winning record at home. We want to finish 4-1 at home. The big step is winning this game and doing the best we can to move on after that.”

Wojtecki said last week’s 41-0 loss to Patrick Henry High School Roanoke was disappointing, but the biggest affect the game had on the team is with regard to injuries.

“We’ve got so many guys hurt right now that we’re trying to peace together a starting eleven on both sides of the ball so we can be competitive and have a chance to win this game,” Wojtecki remarked, noting that there are six starters that are banged up.

“Most of them will play, but we’ve got to watch them,” Wojtecki noted.

“We’re not the same team without a lot of them at full speed.”

Wojtecki said he has cautioned his team to not take William Fleming High School lightly just because the Colonels are winless thus far this season.

“It’s a very winnable game, but we’re telling them William Fleming is very athletic,” Wojtecki explained.

“They (William Fleming) do some things very well and we’re going to have to try to take them out of the ballgame early. We can’t let them gain confidence and hang around throughout the game. We’ve got to come out and play well early just so they don’t get a feeling that they have a chance in the game.”

The Comets coach pointed out that William Fleming likes to load up the box with five down linemen and three linebackers up close on defense and that the Colonels will be looking to try to take away the effectiveness of the Comets’ ground game.

“It’s going to be tough running the ball, so we’re going to have to do some other things that we’re not very comfortable with,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“We have to be able to complete some passes and be successful in the screen (pass) game before they will loosen up a little bit. If we can do that, hopefully they will widen out a little bit on us. The guys are going to have to rise to the occasion and play well.”