- Last Updated on 04:07 PM 09/02/12
- BY Doug Ford
An opportunistic Halifax County High School jayvee football team converted three turnovers into touchdowns and shut out E.C. Glass 26-0 Thursday at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium for its second win of the season.
Roland Brandon scored two touchdowns for the Comets, his first coming on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter following a Glass turnover.
Glass had intercepted a fourth down pass attempt by the Comets at its goal line, but the Glass player making the interception was stripped of the ball, with Halifax recovering at the one-yard line.
Halifax quarterback Kyran Adams completed a two-point conversion pass to Dezmon Edmonds for an 8-0 lead at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter.
Halifax extended its advantage early in the third quarter on Glass’ opening possession, when Justin Logan returned a Hilltopper fumble 18 yards for a score that made it 14-0.
Halifax hiked its advantage to 20-0 two plays after the Comets stopped Glass on fourth down later in the third quarter, with Adams running 14 yards to the Glass 35-yard line and Brandon scoring on the next play, starting left on a sweep and cutting back across the field to score his second touchdown of the night.
The Comets posted their final points of the game with time winding down, Edmonds intercepting a Glass desperation pass and returning it 52 yards for a touchdown.
The Comets’ defense made key stops at critical junctures of the game to preserve the shutout, beginning with the key fumble recovery in the first quarter.
Halifax recovered a fumble at its own five-yard line at the end of the first half to stop Glass’ best drive of the game, one that began at its 18-yard line and consumed 16 plays.
The Comets stopped the Hilltoppers twice on downs during the game, and Brandon recovered a fumble at the Halifax 19-yard line to stop another Glass threat.
The jayvees stepped up their intensity on both sides of the ball in the second half to pull away, according to Comets’ Head Coach Kenneth Day.
“The kids were determined in the locker room to do well in the second half, and they did,” Day said.
“We forced a lot of turnovers and a lot of mistakes, and we had big stand at the end of the first half.
“They had first and goal at the one, and we stopped them from getting in.”
A number of Comets on both sides of the ball had good games, Day added, including Adams, Brandon, Rymel Windsor and Roger Miles.
R.J. Oliver, R.J. Scott, Nelson Pringle, James Newby, and Treyquan Holt also played well.
“Dezmon Edmonds intercepted a pass at the end when we put two safeties in, and Justin Logan had another good game, as did Mister Higgins,” added Day.
“You have to put faith in your kids and let them play.”