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Comets face GW in season finale


“We’ve just got to put everything together.” That, says Halifax County High School Head Football Coach Dave Wojtecki, is what it will take for his team to be successful in tonight’s season finale.

The Comets (2-7 overall, 0-3 district) face archrival GW (4-4 overall, 1-2 district) tonight at 7 p.m. here at Tuck Dillard Stadium in Halifax County High School’s annual Senior Night game.

For the Comets, tonight’s game is a big one. Not only is it a rivalry game, it is a chance for the Comets to finish their season with a district win and a chance for the Comets to finish the season with a winning record on their home field.

“This is a big game for us,” Wojtecki remarked.

“This is GW. It’s a rivalry game. We haven’t beaten GW and Person (N.C.) High School in the same year since the state championship season of 1991. That’s another big thing for the team.

“We’d like to go out with a winning record at home,” he added.

“If we win Friday, we will be 3-2 at home for the season. We haven’t had a winning record at home in awhile. We’re capable of winning. We’ve just got to put everything together.”

Wojtecki said the seniors have embraced this game during the week as one that is important.

“They’re talking about how they don’t want to go out losing on Senior Night, how they would like to leave on a win,” Wojtecki explained.

“This is the last week of practice, and they’re trying to take it all in right now. They’ve been hanging around a little longer each night. Hopefully this sinks in that this is going to be the last time they are ever going to play, and that they will play with an extremely high intensity.”

Comets senior running back Trey Roberts is among the Comets players looking for a big night tonight. Roberts has the possibility of reaching a big milestone tonight, as he enters the game 134 yards short of a 1,000-yard single-season rushing mark.

While GW is only 4-4 on the season, the Eagles are still a tough team to reckon with.

“They have more athletes than we do,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“Every team we have played this year has had better athletes. But, our kids do a great job of playing as hard as they possibly can. That has put them in position to win games, be close, and put themselves in a position where they have a chance to win.

“This game is no different,” Wojtecki added.

“GW has a couple of kids that are really athletic and are really fast. They run to the ball well defensively. If we play our game, eliminate mistakes and play with some excitement, our kids will be fine.”

Wojtecki said he feels GW will be looking to attack the Comets’ running game and neutralize Roberts and his running mate, Alonzo Bennett.

“Defensively their outside linebacker (5-11, 191-pound senior Shaw Johnson) is a missile,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“He will fly in there and cause all sorts of problems with our offense. Overall, defensively, they’re very fast to the ball.

“We’re going to try to do things to get our two running backs (Roberts and Bennett) out into the open and try to get them some yards,” noted the Comets’ coach.

“If they do well, and we’re blocking well up front it will be a long night for GW. If we can get into a rhythm we can be pretty potent.”