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High school football returns with an eye toward district championship

High school football returns with an eye toward district championship

Halifax County High School varsity football returned last week with conditioning, and had their first official practice on July 29.

The Comets have been working in the weight room and on their game plan for this upcoming season since the spring — after the season got rescheduled because of COVID-19.

The first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 27 at home against Person County with start time set for 7 p.m.

Comets head coach Rob Senseney is in his second season as the football coach for Halifax, but this will be his first full season in charge.

The varsity Comets currently have around 50 athletes who have come out to participate but coaches are hoping to reach around 65-70 athletes who will compete and work hard.

“I feel pretty good about this team. We’re working hard and working on our fundamentals and our mechanics right now,” Senseney said.

The overall goal for the varsity Comets is to “break the dry spell in Halifax County football,” compete in the District Championship game and win it, stated Senseney. He called that their short-term goal, and said they want to accomplish much more.

The Comets are ready to put pads and compete again with the head coach calling it a “very exciting feeling.”

“We are working hard, and we hope to continue to increase our numbers. We are very excited to get this season started and see what it holds for us,” said Senseney.

He added “It is very difficult to say if COVID has had an effect on the boys, but we are working very consciously and will continue to follow the guidelines in place from the VHSL and our athletic department.”

The Halifax County High School junior varsity team also returned to action Thursday.

Their numbers are still low as they have some athletes waiting on physicals before they can return to action and are looking for even more athletes to join the team.

Head coach Levar Medley is excited to return to action and have a “normal” season.

The team will compete in their first game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. away at Person County.

“We are looking pretty good up-to-this point. The boys are working very hard. We are a young team but are extremely talented,” said Medley.

The JV team’s goal right now is to get better every day and to work harder each week.

“I am extremely excited to get back to regular and come back from COVID after our season was shortened and moved to the Spring last year,” Medley said.

The JV head coach also said their team will continue to follow the school system’s policies in regards to COVID-19, health and well-being because as Medley said, safety is their top priority.

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