The Halifax County High School junior varsity football team has completed half of its schedule with a 5-0 record and is looking to extend its winning streak Thursday against Martinsville High School in Martinsville.

“I’m extremely pleased, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Comets head coach Thomas Turbeville said in the wake of his team’s 27-6 win last Thursday over Bassett High School.

“The meat of our schedule is starting to come up with some teams we have gone toe-to-toe with for some years now. I’m confident, but I don’t want us to get ahead of ourselves. I know they’re good programs we will face, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The Comets had much of the game go their way, tallying 268 yards on the ground and 78 yards through the air for 346 yards of total offense. Demetrius Robertson led the Comets’ ground game with 56 yards, Saeed Buster had 53 yards rushing, and Savion Howard had 43 yards on the ground among the team’s top rushers.

Comets quarterback Dakii Chandler was 3-6 passing with 78 yards and one touchdown.

“It was a real good effort,” Turbeville pointed out.

“We came into this one a little blind. We looked at what their varsity did, but we had an idea it wasn’t the same as the JV would do. Our kids, so far, have been pretty good about reading their keys and knowing what to look for in certain situations, and they run to the ball real hard.”

Defensively, the Comets created a Bassett High School turnover, continuing a trend that started at the beginning of the season.

“I think we have gotten at least one (turnover) in every game,” Turbeville remarked.

“That definitely helps you out. Our defensive unit is very stifling, and they make it hard for the other team to move the ball. They (opponents) don’t get long, sustained drives, and that makes it easier on us.”

Halifax County High School led 21-0 at halftime, with Chandler scoring twice, both on 2-yard runs. Howard scored on a 5-yard run for the Comets’ other touchdown in the first half.

Bassett High School scored its only touchdown of the game in the third quarter, intercepting a pass by Chandler and returning it for a touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

The Comets scored for the final time on a pass from Chandler to Qualik Tucker with 7:36 left in the game to forge a 27-6 lead. Halifax County High School recovered a Bassett High School fumble with just under five minutes left in the game but did not score again.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at