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Halifax County jayvee scrimmage shows good and bad

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Top, HCHS jayvee quarterback Jarvis Owens tries to elude a Staunton River defender
SoVaNow.com / August 19, 2013
Halifax County High School had a brief scrimmage for the Comet jayvee and freshmen football players Friday night against Staunton River.

“The kids, we found out some good things and some bad things we need to work on,” said coach Kenneth Day.

“We knew we were going to have to work on assignments, like who to block, who to line up against. We’ve got to work on tackling, as always. ... But the kids showed a lot of heart and played really hard,” said Day.

Day said the Comets will improve.

The offense has some fine-tuning ahead. Jarvis Owens performed well at quarterback, while the three running backs, Tyrus Pannell, Justin Logan and Nick Vaden, carried the ball well.

“We’ve got to work on some timing things, execution is the main thing, and tackling a little bit,” said Day.

Day said the Comets lost the scrimmage in the scoring category, but the main purpose here is to work on specific issues. The scrimmage - and any statistics - do not count in the regular season.

As for the Comet freshmen, coach Mike Lloyd said, “We did well. We moved the ball consistently. We met our goal on that.

“Our (starters) looked really good. Our (second teamers) have more work to do, but that’s to be expected at this level and this early in the season,” said Lloyd.

HCHS did not win the scrimmage. The visitors punched the ball over the goal line against the no. 2 Comet defense.

Halifax had one opportunity in the red zone, but could not cash in. “We got down to the 15 before we ran out of plays,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd said quarterback Xavier Aguilar looked very good and B-back Tyvian Foster also performed well. The line is coming along, and made progress.”

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