- Last Updated on 04:48 PM 04/25/13
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School varsity football program is bursting into the social media scene.
Halifax County High School Head Coach Michael Roark said this week a Comets football app called Halifax County HS, which features the interlocked HC logo, is available as a free download from the online Apple iTunes Store.
Having gone online Monday, 100 downloads had occurred by the end of the day Wednesday, showing that the new app has attracted attention prior to being publicized.
“That’s really good, especially since the app has been out only this week,” Roark remarked.
“A lot of the football players are jumping on it.”
The new app, which was written by AGILX.com and is being produced and sold by Sideline Agency, is currently not available to users of Android phones, Roark said.
“However, an Android version is supposed to be released before football season starts,” he remarked.
“Apps for the Android platform are based on an entirely different format than the one used by Apple. It’s going to take a little longer to get that up and running.”
The Comets football coach said more and more people are turning to social media every day and now is a good time to put Halifax County High School football onto the social media scene.
“Social media is the way people are communicating now,” Roark explained.
“Everybody is living on their smartphones and tablets. Many of them get their news that way, and more and more people are communicating through social media.”
With the new app, fans of Halifax County High School football can find a wealth of information on the team, things ranging from the team schedule, game scores, the team roster, photos, accomplishments and other items.
In short, it is an interactive media guide.
“The big thing is we need to get out there and gain more recognition for the kids and the football program,” Roark pointed out.
“This will also be a benefit to people who are interested in our football program and the kids. There may be circumstances where some players have family members that don’t live in this area that have an interest in keeping up with what is going on with a player or the team. They can easily do this with this app.”
The new football app will also serve as a fund-raising mechanism for the football program as advertisements can be sold to area businesses and individuals to be placed on the on-line app.
It is also an avenue the football program can use to promote its supporters.
“We have a lot of needs and we’re always asking businesses in the community for help and donations. I needed to find a way to help them get the most bang for their buck, and this is something that we can use to help do that.”
Roark said fans will be able to keep up with the progress of the Comets’ games through “pushes” that will be sent out through the app during the games.
The Comets football coach said the hope is that other Halifax County High School teams will want to become involved in the social media push.
“The plan is to turn this into a big athletic app,” Roark explained.
“If another team, like the softball team or baseball team, for example, wants to buy in, they can do it. “
This new app, Roark added, can open a lot of doors for the football program.
“The possibilities are endless,” he concluded.
Other Comets football notes
The Halifax County High School football team participated in a seven-on-seven passing league contest here this past Saturday and, according to Roark, fared pretty well.
“It was both a coaching experience for us and a learning experience for the players,” Roark said.
“We had six sophomores out there that had played on the freshman team last season. They didn’t back down to anybody. Once they picked up on the speed of the game, we did well.”
Sophomore Jacob Garrett handled duties at quarterback. Other sophomores including Justin Logan, transfer student Nick Vaden, R.J. Scott and Nelson Pringle also have been doing well in off-season workouts.
The Comets graduated 25 seniors from last year’s team and Roark said he is looking to the underclassmen to fill the void.
“Some of the sophomores we have out here with us are some of the strongest kids on the team,” Roark pointed out.
“Most of the sophomores have a 95 to 100-percent attendance rate since we began workouts in March.”