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Comets return home looking for second win

With a convincing win over Person (N.C.) High School last week under its belt, the Halifax County High School varsity football team returns home tonight hoping to land its second win in a row.

The Comets’ opponent in tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Tuck Dillard Stadium is undefeated Heritage High School.

Halifax County High School enters tonight’s game with a 1-2 record, but has found new momentum with last week’s win, and will have more of its players available tonight.

“We may be 1-2, but we’re a pretty good 1-2 team,” noted Comets Head Coach Michael Roark.

The Comets will show a change in its lineup tonight. Tyler Stephens, who subbed for the injured Richard Jacobs at quarterback in last week’s game, will be under center for the Comets again tonight.

Jacobs, who sustained a mild concussion in the Comets’ game against E.C. Glass and had to sit out last week, will return tonight, but will play as a wide receiver. 

“We’ve moved Tyler to be the quarterback, and Richard will be a wide receiver,” Roark said.

“They are juniors, and I have another with them like that. The way this offense is that we run, the quarterback needs to be a little stronger and bigger. Richard weighs 150 on a good day, and Tyler is around 200 (pounds). That makes a difference when you’re running between the tackles.”

Running back Derrick Garrett, who has missed two games, will be suited up tonight, and B back James Halasz, who was out last week, will also be back in action tonight.

In addition, linebacker Ethan Woltz is expected to return to action tonight, giving the Comets’ defensive unit a boost.

Last week, Halifax County High School rang up close to 500 yards of total offense, with running back Alonzo Bennett and Stephens and putting up big numbers and combining for five scores.

Roark says while he expects to see good things from his offensive unit, it will be tougher for his team to put up those kinds of big numbers tonight.

“We’ll see a better defensive team than we saw last week,” Roark pointed out.

“We’re going to try to get the ball into athletes’ hands and see what they can do.”

Heritage High School is a team Roark and the Comets players are familiar with. 

“We’ve seen them and thrown against them all summer in seven-on-seven,” Roark noted.

“It’s not like it (Heritage High School) is somebody new. They’re going to be well-coached, they’re going to throw the ball and they’re going to be very sound defensively. 

“Any team Brad Bradley coaches is going to be a good football team,” added Roark.

“That’s just Brad’s history. We’ve got to do our thing and be consistent. We’ve got to make our blocks, and be disciplined defensively.”

Roark said he regards Heritage High School as being as good and on par with Jefferson Forest High School, the team the Comets faced in their regular-season home opener.

“I’d put Heritage right there with Jefferson Forest,” Roark said.

“There are two different identities there. I think Heritage has more speed and a little more athleticism. Jefferson Forest had bigger linemen that came at you and smashed you.”