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Jayvee Gridders Shut Out Patrick Henry To Finish 8-1

Halifax jayvee football running back Akeem Robertson scored on a 17-yard run and a 1-yard plunge, and the Comets’ defense held Patrick Henry out of the end zone in a 14-0 win Thursday at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium in the season finale that gave the jayvees an 8-1 record. After stopping Patrick Henry on downs at its 32-yard line to open the game, Halifax drove 68 yards in eight plays, Robertson capping the drive with a 17-yard scoring run at the 1:52 mark of the first quarter

Trey Roberts added a 2-point conversion run to make it 8-0, and the Comets came up empty on their next two possessions, the first ending with a punt when a penalty negated a 39-yard touchdown run by Roberts.

Halifax turned the ball over on downs at the Patrick Henry 31-yard line later in the second quarter, but got untracked again to start the second half, following Roberts’ kickoff return to the Halifax 45-yard line.

The Comets used eight plays and almost four minutes to add to its lead, all on the ground, with Robertson scoring on a 1-yard plunge to make it 14-0.
The rest of the game belonged to the Comets’ defense, which stopped Patrick Henry on downs at its 21-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots had one last chance to score, taking over at their own 20-yard line with 3:23 remaining and using 14 plays to get as close as the Comet’s 3-yard line before the Comets’ defense stuffed a run on the last play of the game.

Returning home after two long road trips to Franklin County and William Fleming, the Comets played with intensity and emotion in its final game of the season, according to head coach Dave Wojtecki.

“I think the past two weeks we’ve been kind of flat due to the distance we traveled, to Franklin County and William Fleming.  We came out pretty jacked up and the kids played that way,” he said.

With the Comets holding only the 8-0 lead at halftime Wojtecki challenged his offense to add to its advantage on its first possession of the second half.
The Comets responded to the challenge.

“At halftime, I challenged the offense to run the ball down the field, old school fashion and they did,” said Wojtecki.

“They responded well, and it’s easy to coach a team that wants to play hard.  Our jobs as coaches this year was easier, because the guys did everything we asked them to do, didn’t complain and came out and played the way we wanted them to.

“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys than I am of this group, to come from winning one game the year before to returning this year and working hard to get to where we are now.

“My assistant coaches did a great job all season, and we worked well together to make adjustments and get ready for the games.”

“Some of the guys will make the trip to play with the varsity Saturday, and when you work hard it pays off,” he added.

“What better way to end the season than a shutout at home.  We knew what we wanted to do and put a game plan in, and the kids executed it tonight.”