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VIDEO: Comets fall to JF 55-14 in opener

FOREST Opening night was not a stellar one for Halifax County High School.

The Comets played Jefferson Forest High School close for a quarter before the Cavaliers used a dominating running game to break the game open in the second quarter and roll up a 55-14 win. 

"We came out strong," noted Comets running back Roland Brandon who ran for 71 yards on 14 carries and caught a 3-yard pass from quarterback Richard Jacobs for a game-tying touchdown with 5:28 left in the first quarter.

"Things were working great and I got great blocking. The linemen were working and the receivers were doing great blocking. I just had to hit the holes. Then they (Jefferson Forest) started reading our offense really well. They're well coached. You can't take that away from them."

After Brandon's catch that led the Comets to tie the game at 7-7, Jefferson Forest High School added three touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter to take a 30-7 lead at halftime.

The Cavaliers scored touchdowns on both of their first two possessions of the second half to take a 45-7 lead. Halifax County High School's Devan Richardson gave the Comets their final score of the night by returning the ensuing JF kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 left in the third quarter.

Richardson ran for 23 yards on three carries and returned five kickoffs for a total of 231 yards.

JF answered with a 45-yard field goal from Matthew Crider on its next possession to extend its lead to 48-14 with three minutes to play in the third quarter. The Cavaliers' second unit scored the team's final touchdown with 5:02 left in the game to cap the win.

"They're a real good team," Comets Head Coach Mike Roark said of Jefferson Forest High School.

"They're ranked sixth in the city (of Lynchburg) for a reason. I think they're better this year than they were last year."

Roark pointed out that this was the first varsity game for a number of his players and that some mistakes were to be expected.

"I think the effort's there," Roark said.

"They meant well. They tried hard."