- Last Updated on 06:55 AM 11/01/13
- BY Joe Chandler
Tonight will mark the end of a lengthy string of road games for the Halifax County High School varsity football team.
The Comets (1-7 overall) travel to Franklin County High School to face the Eagles in a 7 p.m. contest that will be battle of two teams that are striving to finish off the their seasons on a positive note.
Franklin County High School has only two wins this season, but the Eagles enter their Senior Night game tonight coming off of a strong performance last week against GW-Danville in which they gave GW all it could handle before being hung with the loss.
The Eagles will have an extra bit of motivation in tonight’s game against the Comets. Last year the Comets edged the Eagles 37-36 in two overtimes here at Tuck Dillard Stadium.
That win marked the Comets’ first win over Franklin County High School since 2007 and it knocked the Eagles out of first place in the Western Valley District standings.
“I don’t think that’s going to be a question,” remarked Comets Head Coach Mike Roark when asked about the Eagles having an extra ounce of motivation for tonight’s game.
“They (Franklin County High School) have played two good weeks of ball. They played Brookville well and they gave GW a run for the money.
“They’re banged up a little bit,” Roark added, “but they’re still Franklin County and they’re going to be a tough-nosed ball team.”
One advantage Franklin County High School will have over the Comets in tonight’s game is physical size,
especially up on the offensive and defensive lines. Roark said the Eagles like to take advantage of their size to move the football offensively.
“The challenge is going to be with our defensive front,” Roark pointed out.
“This will be the most physical game our guys will have played all year and the question is are they going to stand up to the challenge. We’ve got to stay low, get off of the ball and get in our gaps. We’ve got to clog things up and make them (Franklin County High School) bounce to the outside. Then we can use our speed to hit the perimeter.”
As far as Franklin County High School’s offense is concerned, the object is to pound the ball and run the clock.
“They want to run the option on offense, the Georgia Tech stuff out of a split backfield,” Roark noted.
“They want to pound you and kill the clock.
“It’s a typical Franklin County team, very physical,” he continued.
“They have a little bit of speed. They want to run North and South. They’re not worried about getting out into space. They’ve got big linemen and they think they’re going to move you off of the ball and follow the linemen.”
Roark said he and the coaching staff are going to have to rotate several players in and out of the game in order to put fresh players against the large, physical Franklin County High School front line.
“We’ve got to do a good job of rotating people in,” the coach noted.
“We’re two-deep right there, so we’ll be able to get guys in and out. Everybody’s playing a lot, so it’s a matter of keeping them fresh and seeing what we can make happen.”
Offensively, Halifax County High School is going to have to look to the outside and look to get its athletes into open space.
“We’ve got to get outside on offense,” Roark said.
“There is no doubt about that.”
Rain is expected for some part of the day today, and as a result, there will likely be wet field conditions for tonight’s game. The better the condition of the field and the better the footing, the better the Comets will be able to execute their game plan.
“The question will be how good the field is,” Roark said.
“All of the weather is supposed to be over with before game time. Franklin County has a pretty nice field. It’s not going to be like we’re playing on dirt. We’ve just got to try to keep some good footing and make things happen.”