- Last Updated on 07:38 AM 11/02/12
- BY Joe Chandler
For the Halifax County High School varsity football team, tonight’s game against archrival GW in Danville marks the end of the season.
So, what does Halifax County High School Head Coach Michael Roark have in mind for tonight’s season’s finale?
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Roark said with a huge laugh.
“Anything and everything is on the table.”
With last Friday night’s 18-17 loss to William Fleming High School erasing any possibility of the Comets earning a post-season playoff berth, Roark and the Comets have nothing to lose tonight and everything to gain in terms of ending the season on a high note.
With that, the Comets can go into tonight’s game wide open with no pressure on their back.
“Everything is out on the table and a possibility,” Roark said.
“Nothing is off the table this week. At the same time, you’ve got to be careful that you don’t put yourself in a situation where you might try to do something and it (the game) is close and it backfires and suddenly you’re down 20 (points).”
Roark pointed out he is asking for a maximum effort from his team tonight.
“We’re playing there and it’s their (GW’s) Senior Night,” Roark noted.
“I told our kids that come Friday night a lot of them are never going to put these pads on again and it will be a feeling they are going to hate. We’ve got to go out and play with reckless abandonment.”
GW (7-2 overall, 3-0 district) will be looking to lock up the Western Valley District championship tonight and further solidify its status for the Northwest Region playoffs, which open next weekend.
Historically, Halifax County High School has had a tough time handling GW. The last win by the Comets over GW came in 2005 when the Comets topped GW 27-21 in Danville. Following that win, the Comets have lost to GW in each of the past six seasons.
Spanning a six-decade period, Halifax County High School is 10-51 against its archrival.
None of that, however, diminishes Roark’s belief in his team.
“We have the capability (to win),” Roark said.
“We want to fix a few things from last Friday night. Everything that happened last Friday night (against William Fleming High School) is fixable. They (GW) are very solid on defense. We’ve got some things we’re going to do that I feel can give us a little bit of an upper hand. We’ve got to implement them, get them dialed in and go from there.”
Roark said GW is a very good defensive team and, on offense, has some good athletes that they will try to get out into open space to make plays.
Somewhat of an unknown factor, Roark said, will be what he and his players will see out of GW tonight since GW enters tonight’s game coming off of a bye week.
“We’re not sure about what we’re going to see until Friday night,” he said.
“Teams that may be playing them will have people there watching them, and they (GW) are going to be wanting to send a message. We’ve got to stop it.”
While Roark wants to see every player on his team experience success tonight, that is especially true of the seniors who will be playing their final game in a Comets uniform.
“We’ve got some good seniors, and those are the guys I really feel sorry for,” Roark remarked.
“This senior class is having to be the class of the year of the change. It’s not always the best. We’re a better team than when we started, but for these kids, they’re looking at the wins and losses.
“It would mean a lot for those guys to be able to go out on top with a win,” added Roark.
“It’s their last hoorah. That means a lot to a 17-year-old or 18-year-old kid. I think they’re going to leave it all on the field. That’s all we can ask from them.”