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Comets, JF to face off in home opener

The months of off-season preparation and all of the pre-season talk is over. Tonight, the Halifax County High School varsity football team gets down to real business.

Halifax County High School will face Jefferson Forest High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Tuck Dillard Stadium in the team’s home season opener.

Tonight is Football Alumni Night at Tuck Dillard Stadium, and all former Comets football players are being urged to come out and support the Comets and new Head Coach Michael Roark as they make their 2012 season debut.

Halifax County High School enters tonight’s game with a dose of confidence after having rallied in the final three minutes to edge Buckingham County High School 14-13 here last Friday night in a Virginia High School Benefit Game.

That win set the stage for tonight’s regular-season opener against Jefferson Forest High School from the Group AA Seminole District. The Comets lost to Jefferson Forest 35-12 in Forest in last year’s season opener, and enter tonight’s game looking to turn the tables and give Halifax County High School its first win in a regular-season opener in five years.

Roark said in the wake of last week’s win over Buckingham County High School that tonight’s game will be a big battle between the two teams. 

“They’re looking at us and chomping at the bit and saying ‘we’re not going to Halifax to lose,’” Roark said, “and we’re saying ‘we’re not letting you come in here and beat us.’ It’s going to be a battle.”

Halifax County High School returns four offensive starters and three defensive starters from last year’s team, which finished 2-8 overall.

The key Comets to keep an eye on tonight include senior linemen Seth Adams and Chris Baisch, running back Alonzo Bennett and wide receiver Dekota Delaware, as they are the experienced returnees in the Comets’ fold.

Comets quarterback Richard Jacobs will be looking for a good night as well. Jacobs suffered a season-ending hip injury in last year’s game against Jefferson Forest, but came back to combine with Tyler Stephens to go 10-13 in passing in last week’s benefit game to get off to a good start.

Jefferson Forest High School returns six offensive starters and eight defensive starters from last year’s team, which went 9-3 overall and 4-2 in Seminole District action and played its way into the Group AA Region III Division 4 finals.

While the Cavaliers lost last year’s quarterback, Marcus Jones, who ran for 1,482 yards and 27 touchdowns and passed for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns, they still have some potent receivers including Dominique Royal (6-1, 170-pound Sr.) and Cody Loveday (6-0, 170-pound Sr.) to catch throws from 6-2, 170-pound senior quarterback David Jacobs, who will run the team’s pistol offense.

Halifax County High School football season tickets and parking passes for the 2012 season are on sale at Halifax County High School.

Season tickets are priced at $25 each, a price that offers fans a one-dollar discount off of the admission price for each of the school’s five home games. Admission for each of the school’s five home football games will be $6 per person.

The season tickets are good for the school’s five regular-season home games.

Parking passes that will allow for parking in the area behind Tuck Dillard Stadium are priced at $20 each.

Halifax County High School also has Family Season Tickets available at a price of $125 each. 

Fans may also purchase season tickets and parking passes at tonight’s game.