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Blue Comets looking to bounce back

Despite last week’s loss, the Halifax County High School varsity football team still has tangible goals ahead of it heading into tonight’s Western Valley District game against William Fleming High School in Roanoke.

The Comets (3-5 overall, 1-1 district) still have a possibility of earning a berth in the Northwest Region Division 5 playoffs and a possibility of earning a share of the Western Valley District title, but must win tonight and get a win the following week against archrival GW of Danville.

Halifax County High School Head Coach Michael Roark pointed out that the Comets cannot look ahead, that they must focus on tonight’s 7 p.m. game against William Fleming High School first.

“We play one week at a time,” Roark pointed out.

“I know it’s an old cliché, but that’s what we’ve got to do. The kids were starting to look a little bit ahead, but they can’t because this is a good team we’re playing. If we don’t watch out, we can get spanked. We’ve got to keep our mentality and focus on Fleming.”

With that mindset, Roark says he is not looking at tonight’s game against William Fleming (0-8 overall, 0-2 district) as a “must win” situation for his ballclub.

“I don’t know if it’s a “must win,” but we think we can win,” Roark said.

“We go into every game thinking we can win. I don’t think it’s dire straights, but the kids are pretty confident we can go and play good football.”

Roark pointed out that it has been mistakes that have beaten the Comets in the overwhelming majority of games this season. That was the case in last week’s 29-7 loss to Patrick Henry High School.

“We watched tape (of the game) on Monday,” Roark noted.

“You go through it and see all of the mistakes we make. We’re not getting beat. We’re just not playing complete football. It’s been like that all season. We need to play more complete football.”

That, Roark said, is true of tonight’s game against William Fleming High School. The Comets’ coach said that while William Fleming High School is winless, the Colonels are a good team and a dangerous team.

“They’re very good,” he pointed out.

“They moved the ball well on Franklin County last week. It was a 14-0 game, Fleming had a third-and-goal, and instead of scoring, they threw a pick six and it went to 20-0 real fast. The week before that, they held GW to 14 points. 

“They can do some good things,” he added.

“They have a quarterback who is a gunslinger. They have three or four quick kids that are wide-outs. If you watch us on tape, you’re going to try to throw on us. So, I’m a little worried.”

That being the case, Roark said one of the goals for tonight is to get on top early and try to get a good working margin.

“It’s sort of like the Martinsville game,” he said.

“You don’t want these games to be close anymore. You want these games to be decisive. We’ve got to go out there and play good football.”