- Last Updated on 07:14 AM 11/09/13
- BY Joe Chandler
The game was all but over when Halifax County High School lineman Jairus Marable suddenly darted off of the Comets sideline and took a place in the offensive backfield.
Tunstall High School led 35-10, and time was rapidly running out on Halifax County High School's football season.
When Comets quarterback Jacob Garrett handed the ball off to Marable his teammates on the sidelined cheered loudly as did the few remaining fans in the stands.
Marable was brought down after a 7-yard gain and his face lit up with a huge smile as he returned to the huddle.
With his teammates continuing to cheer him on, Marable carried the ball twice more. He finished his night and ended his three-year high school football career with three carries for 14 yards.
"It was definitely one of the highlights," Marable said with a huge grin
"It was very fun. I had people blocking for me. It felt good running over people."
Watching Marable get his wish as he wrapped up his high school football career brought a sense of fun to what was another tough night for the Comets, who ended their season with a 1-9 record and a 25-point loss to Tunstall High School in the season finale.
The Comets kept the game close early, intercepting Tunstall High School passes on two of the Trojans' first three possessions of the game, and capitalizing on the second one by getting a 30-yard field goal from Kyle Lacks with 9:36 left in the first half to cut an early deficit to four points at 7-3.
But, Tunstall High School scored touchdowns on each of their last three possessions of the first half, the last coming on a 9-yard run by Chase Scarce with 17.1 seconds left in the half to take a 28-3 lead into the halftime break.
The Trojans scored touchdowns on four of their six first-half possessions, with Scarce scoring all of them with runs of 2 yards, 18 yards, 3 yards and 9 yards.
The Trojans appeared to be heading for another touchdown on their first possession of the second half, but lost the ball on a fumble that gave the Comets the ball on their own 5-yard line.
In their most impressive offensive possession of the game, the Comets scored when Rymel Windsor took a screen pass from Garrett and sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown with 10:55 left in the game. That play and and an extra-point kick by Lacks made the score 28-10.
Windsor's touchdown capped an 11-play, 95-yard march that consumed 6:29 on the clock.
Tunstall High School countered on its next possession, driving 55 yards in eight plays, with Scarce capping his big night with a 12-yard touchdown run with 7:24 left in the game to seal the win.
While the Comets didn't get the win, Head Coach Mike Roark appreciated the effort of his players during the game and the season.
"We've got some good kids," he pointed out.
"They played hard and they gave us what they had. We've got to sit down during the offseason. We've got to make some changes. I've got to sit down with Allen (Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter) and I've got to sit down with Mr. Randolph (Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph) and sit down with the (assistant) coaches and talk about some things.
"It's a building process," added Roark.
"The wins will come. We'll get there."