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Freshmen lose season finale to Heritage

Heritage High School scored once in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter Wednesday at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium to spoil the season finale for the Halifax County High School freshman football team 14-0.

Playing its fourth game of the season against the Pioneers, Halifax County got as close as the Heritage 27-yard line in the first quarter after a run by Kahmal Jones and the 25-yard line in the second quarter after an interception by Jamal Chism and a 35-yard run by quarterback Jacob Garrett.

A penalty against the Pioneers gave the Comets a first down at the Heritage 13-yard line with eight seconds remaining in the half, but Halifax ran out of downs and time.

The Pioneers scored on a 30-yard run on fourth and goal and added a two-point conversion in the second quarter, and they scored on an eight play 65-yard drive in the final quarter for the final margin.

Halifax County finished with a 3-5 record for the season with one of those wins a home victory earlier this year against Heritage, he noted.

“The kids played real hard tonight, and I’m proud of them for that,” said Lucas.

“They went out there and did everything we asked them to do for four quarters, and I hate that it didn’t turn out their way in the end.”

“I’m extremely proud of the kids, and as far as the season goes these kids have grown tremendously,” Lucas added.

“The key for the ninth grade is the growth from beginning to end, and they’ve gotten so much better from the first day of practice. 

“Every one of them has grown and become better football players, and I’m proud of them for that, also.”

The future looks bright for this group of players, Lucas noted.

“There’s a lot of good things in this ninth-grade team, and if they work hard they’ll hopefully produce some good things later on.”