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Professor’s back: Pigskin contest ready for kick off

The Gazette-Virginian’s annual Professor Pigskin Football Contest gets underway next week, featuring cash prizes for entrants that make the most correct picks on a slate of college football games.

Comets fall to Jefferson Forest

“We’ve just got to get good at what we do.”

NASCAR officials punish Jeb Burton

NASCAR officials fined Late Model Stock Car Division driver Jeb Burton $250 Friday and suspended him from NASCAR until Sept. 7 in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 20 during the first race of a twin-race NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division event at South Boston Speedway.

Collie wins opener; Comet harriers drop close meets

Ethan Collie scored a convincing win in Thursday’s season-opener for the Halifax County High School cross country team. 

Gazette’s annual Professor Pigskin football contest kicks off

Featuring weekly cash prizes and a cash jackpot for a perfect slate of entries, the Gazette-Virginian’s annual Professor Pigskin Football Contest gets underway this week, with the first contest entry blank appearing on the sports pages of today’s edition.

Comets varsity spikers win second match

Solid serving, passing and setting again proved the difference, as the Comets’ varsity volleyball team won its second match of the season Thursday at Gretna.

Comet JV football team shut out in opener

In a game where big plays made the difference, the Comets’ jayvee football team made fewer than visiting Jefferson Forest in losing its season-opener 28-0 Thursday night at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.

Halifax County got as far as the Cavalier 37-yard line in the second quarter, the Cavalier 26-yard line in the second quarter, and to the Cavalier 42-yard line and the 25-yard line in the third quarter.

Each drive ended on downs, with a pair of them ending on incomplete passes.

The Cavaliers scored on a 10-yard run two plays after recovering a high snap on the Comets’ first punt attempt of the night, hitting the extra point attempt for a 7-0 lead with 7:24 left in the first quarter.

The Cavaliers marched 81 yards in 16 plays that consumed almost six minutes of the first quarter to score its second touchdown.

Jefferson Forest converted two fourth-down plays to keep the drive going, converting the first on a fake punt and the second on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.

After a Comets failed to convert on a fourth down play at the Jefferson Forest 26-yard line, the Cavaliers covered 74 yards in six plays to score on a five-yard pass with 21 seconds left in the first half, missing the extra point for a 20-0 halftime lead.

The Comets’ best drives of the first half came in the second quarter.

The first featured 15-yard and 12-yard runs by Roland Brandon, but that drive fizzled out on downs at the Jefferson Forest 37-yard line.

The Comets took possession after a fumbled snap on a Cavalier punt gave them possession at the Jefferson Forest 33-yard line, but that drive stalled when a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Jefferson Forest drove 43 yards in six plays to score its final touchdown with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter, the score coming on a four-yard run.

A two-point conversion run made it 28-0 before the Comets’ best drive of the second half.

That came in the third quarter after Brandon stripped a Cavalier receiver of the ball inside the Halifax 10-yard line.

A 43-yard run, followed by a penalty on Jefferson Forest and runs by Moran and Ezra Walker got Halifax as far as the Cavalier 25-yard line before the drive ended on downs.

I think the kids played hard, but I made too many mistakes coaching,” said Comets’ coach Kenneth Day.

“They did a lot of good things and played hard all four quarters.

“They just made a couple of mistakes.  I hope we can bounce back next week against E.C. Glass, and they’ll be pretty tough.

“We’ll work on execution this week, and me getting better at what I’m supposed to do.”

Stats

JF 14 6 8 0-28

HC 0 0 0 0-0

JV spikers improve to 2-0 with win at Gretna

Lelia Conner hit double figures in good sets with 11, and Conner, Logan Redd and Brianna Cunningham combined for 20 good serves and 14 service points, as the Comets’ jayvee volleyball team swept Gretna in two games on Thursday, 25-18, 25-13.

Comets golf district win first in 14 years

 

There have been sporadic times over the last decade in which the Halifax County High School golf team appeared to be good enough on paper to be able to win a regular-season Western Valley District tournament or, perhaps, win the district championship tournament.

Seventh-grade football team gets win at BF

 

James Smith Jr. ran for three touchdowns and a two-point conversion, Jamal Brandon and Tylik Powell added touchdown runs, and the Halifax County Middle School football seventh-graders rallied from an 18-6 halftime deficit to beat Ben Franklin Middle School 32-24 Monday in Rocky Mount.