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Comets start string of road trips

The Halifax County High School varsity football team will kick off a string of three straight road games tonight when it travels to Stuart to face Patrick County High School.

Tonight’s game, which starts at 7 p.m., marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Halifax County High School and Patrick County High School are both winless in six games entering tonight’s contest, with tonight’s game guaranteeing that one of the two teams will break their lengthy losing streak.

Comets Head Coach Mike Roark is hoping that it will be his team that will see an end to some its frustration tonight.

“Everybody is a little frustrated,” he admitted.

“Everybody is beat up, but the kids are fighting and clawing and that’s all you can ask from them right now. The ones (players) that are here are here and we will play with those and go at it from there.”

Roark said an effort was made this week to lighten the mood around the Comets camp.

“We lightened things up,” he said.

“I told them let’s finish this thing (the season) out having fun, coaches, players, everybody, let’s just have fun.”

Roark said the message to the team this week has been the same as it has been all season.

“It’s let’s get better, fix the things we’ve got to fix and play some football,” he pointed out.

“It’s not a lot of new stuff right now. It’s Week Seven. We’ve got to fix some things and be very basic and play some good football.

“There is not going to be a lot of trick stuff,” Roark added in reference to tonight’s game.

“There is just going to be hand the ball off here, run here, tackle there and let’s make plays.”

Roark pointed out that he and his coaching staff have taken a simplified look at tonight’s game.

“They’re 0-6 and we’re 0-6 and we’re both fighting to get our first win,” he said.

“That’s how you go at it. We’ve just got to play our football game and quit worrying about outside things. We’re gong to play our stuff on offense, play our stuff on defense, we’re going to run and tackle, we’re going to run fast to the ball, we’re not going to fumble the ball, we’re going to run the ball, we’re going to move the ball and do seven and eight-minute drives, keep our defense off of the field, play the game we need to play and see what happens from there.”

The Comets have struggled with inconsistent play throughout the season. Roark said it all goes back to the youth and inexperience of the team.

“You look at things and it’s been the same problems all year,” Roark noted.

“It goes back to youth and inexperience. You’re playing varsity-level ball under pressure. For a lot of them (the players), this is the first time they’ve done it. It’s different.

“We’ve got four sophomores and nine juniors playing this year,” he added.

“That’s the most underclassmen, from what I’ve heard, we’ve had playing in nine or 10 years. 

“There is a difference between reloading and rebuilding,” he added. 

“You have to rebuild first before you can reload. We’re in the rebuilding phase.”