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VIDEO: Comets roll over Martinsville in 38-12 win

Halifax County High School’s Alonzo Bennett and an energized Comets defense overwhelmed Martinsville High School Friday night, as the Comets rolled up a 24-6 halftime lead and downed the Bulldogs 38-12 in Martinsville.

Bennett ran for 137 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. He scored on a 53-yard run early in the first quarter to give the Comets a 6-0 lead they never lost. In the final minute of the first half, he scored on a 46-yard play on a screen pass from quarterback Tyler Stephens to put the Comets up 18 points at halftime.

The Comets also put a relentless defensive effort on the Bulldogs. Halifax County’s defense sacked Martinsville High School quarterback Brandon Carter five times in the first half. 

There was no letup in the second half. In Martinsville High School’s three third-quarter possessions, the Comets held the Bulldogs to negative four yards of offense and played a part in a pair of Martinsville High School turnovers.

On the night, Martinsville High School lost four of six fumbles.

“We finally got a little hungry and started hitting people a little harder,” noted Comets Head Coach Michael Roark.

“It’s Week Three of our new defense, and we’re starting to pick up on it. We moved some people around on the inside and got good penetration.”

The Comets also had a good night with its special teams play. Tecquin Hogue blocked a Martinsville High School punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown that gave the Comets a 17-0 lead with 7:43 left in the second quarter.

Later, Halifax County sacked the Martinsville High School punter on the 1-yard line as he attempted to control a low snap from center on a play that ended the Bulldog’s first possession of the second half. That play set up a Comets touchdown on a 12-yard run by Stephens that gave the Comets a 31-6 lead with 9:37 left in the third quarter and put the game out of the Bulldogs’ reach.

Reserve running back Derrick Garrett scored on a 15-yard run with 9:30 left in the game that led to a 38-6 lead for the Comets. With reserves on the field, Martinsville High School mounted a 10-play, 73-yard march that led to a touchdown with 4:48 left in the game to make the 38-12 final score.

Across the board, it was a big night for the Comets, who, with their second win of the season, equaled the number of single-season wins by a Comets team of the past two seasons.

“They needed it,” Comets Head Coach Michael Roark said of his players’ win. “It wasn’t anything fancy. It was just good, basic football. We down-kicked at the line, we blitzed and tackled people on defense. We did everything right on special teams. We got all three phases right tonight.”

The Comets piled up 273 yards of offense in the game, with Bennett accounting for the majority of the total.

“We knew we had to do it big tonight,” Bennett said.

“I knew we could do it. I give my offensive line full credit, all of them.”

With Bennett getting a lot of touches, the Comets threw only four passes in the game, with Stephens throwing for 50 yards.

“We’ve sort of turned into a pistol team where he (Bennett) is touching it (the ball) 20 times a game now,” Roark pointed out.

Tyler feeds off of him. We didn’t have to throw, so we didn’t. Everything was high percentage.” 

Stephens gave the team’s offensive line credit for the team’s big offensive numbers.

“The blocking up front was big,” Stephens pointed out.

“We knew they (Martinsville High School) had two big defensive linemen coming at us and that blocking was going to be the key. Our line got it done tonight, and Alonzo ran the ball hard.”

 

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