- Last Updated on 08:13 AM 09/04/13
- BY Doug Ford
An opportunistic offense and a stout defense combined to give the Halifax County High School jayvee football team a 12-0 win over Jefferson Forest High School Monday at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium in the Comets’ season-opener.
Halifax County scored on its first possession of the game with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarvis Owens to Kelonte Gutrich to cap an eight-play drive that began on the Halifax 20-yard line.
That drive included runs by Owens and Justin Logan, and an 18-yard pass completion from Owens to Raeon Logan on third down to sustain the scoring drive.
The Comets hiked the lead to 12-0 with little more than two minutes remaining in the half, with Owens dashing 15 yards for a touchdown on fourth down.
That seven-play drive began at the Comets’ 36-yard line with 6:41 remaining and was highlighted by runs by Owens, Tyrus Pannell and Jermaine Vaughters.
Halifax County’s defense stymied Jefferson Forest on several occasions to get the shutout by forcing five Cavalier turnovers.
The Comets got two fumble recoveries from Raeon Logan and one from Gutrich, in addition to a fumble recovery and an interception from Monte Lawson.
Jefferson Forest’s deepest penetration was to the Halifax County 16-yard line, where the Comets held on downs with two minutes remaining in the game.
The running of Owens, Pannell, Justin Logan, Vaughters, Marcus Terry and Raeon Logan were key elements in the win, according to Head Coach Kenneth Day.
“We’ve got some good players and they play hard, and that’s all you can ask of them,” said Day.
“Jarvis made some mistakes, but he’s an athlete, and that’s what you do sometimes, put the ball in his hands and rely on him to make a play.”
Other than some first-game miscues that stunted a couple of other scoring opportunities, the Comets played well in their opener, Day indicated.
“You just try to spread everybody out and get them involved, and the sweeps to the slot guys worked pretty good all night,” Day added.
“The defense played a good game. I know they’re going to miss tackles, but they played hard and that’s the main thing.
“We don’t really worry about the score, we want them to play hard and that’s good enough.”