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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.”


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.

Legendary racer leaves Halifax County


For a number of years, enthusiasts and historians of NASCAR Modified racing have searched for the famous XL-1 (Experimental Lincoln Number One), a pink and white 1937 Ford Coupe that for close to 15 years was the terror of many East Coast racetracks hosting Modified stock car races in the late 1950’s and early 1960s.

Comets varsity football team gears up for home opener

Tonight is a big night for the Halifax County High School football team.

Comets varsity spikers drop match to Person High

The Comets’ varsity volleyball team and coach Steve Mattox are still looking for that signature win over Person High School after the Rockets took three straight games from the Comets Tuesday in a non-district match played at Comets Gym.

Coemt harriers post first victory

Lucy Morrison had a smile on her face as she relaxed with her teammates on the Halifax County High School cross country team. 

Lions football team captures second win

The Halifax County Middle School quarterback tandem of Jacob Garrett and James Smith Jr., accounted for four touchdowns as the Lions football team came away with a hard-fought 26-14 win at Prince Edward County on Monday.