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Comets fall to Bassett 25-7 in Homecoming game

Halifax County High School had things going its way in the first half of Friday night's annual Homecoming football game against Bassett High School at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.

The Comets were leading 7-6 at the break and were going to get the ball first to start the second half.

But, the tables turned.

Bassett High School scored on its second possession of the second half to go up 12-7, the Comets lost the ball on a fumble on its ensuing possession and Bassett capitalized for another touchdown.

When it was all said and done, Bassett had picked up its second win of the season with a 25-7 victory over the Comets.

"It's not like we're intentionally doing it (fumbling the football)," pointed out Comets Head Coach Mike Roark.

"We've got to stop somebody. We've got to figure out what to do and go from there."

Friday night's loss added to what has been a frustrating season for the Comets who are winless through their first six games.

"It's tough on the kids," Roark pointed out.

"There are some kids that I'm hoping won't, but might quit. We'll have to see who we will have back out here this week and then line up and play football with who's there and move on."

Bassett High School scored its first touchdown with five minutes left in the first half, with quarterback Loje Witcher tossing a 10- yard pass to Ryan Wilkerson to cap an 11-play 61- yard drive that consumed just over four minutes.

The Comets answered immediately, with Devan Richardson scoring on a 6-yard run with 3:42 left in the first half. Kyle Lacks' kick put the Comets up 7-6.

The Bengals took the lead for good on a 5-yard run by Mikey Moran with 1:09 left in the third quarter that capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive that took just over three minutes.

Halifax County was driving for what could have been a go-ahead score, but the drive ended when Roland Brandon lost a fumble at the Bengals' 25-yard line.

Bassett High School capitalized on the turnover by driving 76 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown, with Witcher doing the honors on a 1-yard plunge. That touchdown put Bassett up 18-7 with 4:53 left in the game.

The Bengals sealed the game on their next possession by scoring its final touchdown of the game on a 43-yard pass from Witcher to Devontae Jordan. That score and the extra point kick accounted for the final 25-7 score.

"We wanted the second half to be just as good as the first half. One day, hopefully we will put four quarters together."