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Comets go against Bengals tonight in Homecoming tilt

Tonight is Homecoming Night at Halifax County High School and many are hoping the fanfare and extra energy surrounding the annual event will be a boost for the Comets football team.


The Comets, winless in their first five games, face Piedmont District foe Bassett High School in tonight’s game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium. 

Tonight’s game will be a matchup of two struggling football teams looking to get on track. Halifax County High School would appear to have a slight in the momentum category, however.

The Comets scored 20 unanswered points in the last nine 19 and a half minutes in their game last week at Martinsville High School but came up seven points shy of winning their first game of the season.

Bassett High School (1-4 overall), on the other hand, took a 41-6 loss at the hands of GW last week. The Bengals were within one possession of GW at halftime but GW pulled away quickly in the second half.

“They (Bassett High School) have been struggling like us,” said Comets Head Coach Mike Roark.

“We’re pretty much the same team. They (Bassett High School) graduated a bunch of kids last year like we did. We’re both struggling a fighting right now to get a “W.”

Roark said a win tonight to kick off the second half of the season would be huge for his team.

“We’re five games down with five more to play,” Roark pointed out. 

“We need to get that first win to right the ship. Losing by seven (points) and losing by four (points) is getting old. It’s time to start winning some by seven and four. The kids know that. We’ve just got to go out there and make it happen.”

Last week’s game against Martinsville High School was a tale of two entirely different halves. The Comets struggled through the first half, trailed 21-0 at the break, gave up a touchdown early in the third quarter, and after that, blitzed the Bulldogs with 20 unanswered in a late bid to win the game.

 “The kids saw the (game) video and saw where the mistakes were made,” Roark said.

“It wasn’t any real change we made, it was the execution that changed. The first half we did things and didn’t block right. In the second half, we blocked right and tackled right. The same plays we ran the first half didn’t work. After talking about it and making a few little adjustments at halftime, the same plays worked the second half.”

Roark said one of the things he and the team have been working on this week is attempting to start the game on a better note. In recent games, it has been the second half in which the Comets have played their best football.

“To execute is a mindset,” explained Roark.

“You’ve got to be walking onto the field ready to play. We’ve talked about that this week, talked about opening up a little faster this week. We can’t wait until the second half to come out to play. We need some of these second halves we’ve been having in the first half.”

Offensively, Bassett High School has been using a Wing-T offense with some option play and outside runs thrown in. Defensively, the Bengals have primarily used a 5-2 defense.

“They are a 5-2 team, and have some real big defensive linemen,” Roark pointed out.


“We’ve run it a lot the last couple of weeks, so it’s not like it’s something new to our offensive players going up against it. They have some big boys up front. Our big thing up front is execution. We’ve got to get by the big boys and get the ball North and South and make some things happen.”