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Comets fall to GW 21-0 in season finale


There wasn’t a lot of conversation being bantered about in the Halifax County High School football team’s locker room following Friday night’s game against archrival GW. Players shuffled about quietly as they placed their mud-covered uniforms and equipment in piles to be sorted and cleaned. Some exchanged hugs and many offered each other words of encouragement.

There was little to say.

The Comets lost 21-0 to GW in Halifax County High School’s annual Senior Night game, leaving the Comets with a 2-8 overall season record and a 0-4 mark in Western Valley District play.

“We tried to put everything together we could to try to get this win,” said Comets senior
running back Trey Roberts who was held to 95 yards rushing on 20 carries, a result that left him shy of reaching the 134 yards he needed to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

“We played hard and tried our best.”

Unfortunately for the Comets, it wasn’t good enough.

GW (5-4 overall, 2-2 district) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to vault to a 15-0 lead and added an insurance score in the fourth quarter enroute to the shutout of the Comets.

The Comets victimized themselves with three turnovers, and never got on track offensively as they spent most of the night trying to overcome bad field position on the soupy turf.

Five of the Comets’ seven first-half possessions began at or inside of their own 15-yard line and three of the team’s five second-half possessions started at or inside of its own 15-yard line.

The Comets reached midfield only once in the first half and got into GW territory only twice in the second half, once as the result of a big kickoff return by Roberts.

“Offensively, we didn’t do anything to help ourselves out or help our defense out,” said Comets Head Coach Dave Wojtecki.

“We struggled offensively all night. We started with bad field position on the majority of our drives. That hurts. The field position game was obviously in their favor.”

The Comets’ ground game was not nearly as potent as it had been in the past nine games. And, the Comets had only 13 yards passing for the game, that coming on one pass completion that had Coby Markham throwing to Ford Bradshaw on a flea-flicker-type play.

“I couldn’t get into a rhythm for some reason,” Bradshaw explained.

“My passes weren’t on at all tonight. They (GW) seemed to know what our routes were going to be before we ran them. It seemed like they knew everywhere we were going on all of our routes.”

GW scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first coming on a 7-yard run by Travis Jones with three minutes left in the period. Jeremiah McGeogh’s extra-point kick put GW up 7-0.

The Eagles scored again on their next possession, with quarterback Khalil Hairston tossing a 41-yard strike to receiver Alan Smith for a touchdown with 33.1 seconds left in the first quarter.

Kowante Cobbs ran in a two-point conversion to give GW a 15-0 lead that it held until halftime.

GW added an insurance score with 9:57 left in the game on a 53-yard pass from quarterback Demontae Ballard to receiver Ahmad Thomas.

An attempt for a two-point conversion failed, leaving GW with 21-0 lead it held the rest of the way.

While the Comets defensive unit was torched on GW’s two big pass plays, it made several good stops.

On four occasions the Comets’ defensive unit stopped GW on fourth-down plays, one stop coming at the Comets’ 2-yard line and another at the Comets’ 8-yard line.

“The defense did a great job,” Wojtecki pointed out.

“We put them in difficult positions all night long. We’re senior heavy on our defense and they stepped up a lot and made some good stops.”