Blue Comets’ stifling defensive effort leads to 55-0 win over Tunstall High School | Preparation sports
The Halifax County High School Comets varsity football team celebrated senior night with a dominant 55-0 win over Tunstall High School in the final home game of the regular season on Thursday.
A stifling defensive effort from Halifax played a key role in the victory as they allowed just five first downs in the first half and gave Tunstall no first downs in the second half.
Along with their defensive effort, the Comets changed their backfield, placing the offense in a pro-set formation with a running back on the left side of quarterback Dakii Chandler and a running back on his right side.
Jahmarri Chandler had a huge game on both sides of the field intercepting a pass from Tunstall’s quarterback and capturing a wide open touchdown in the end zone.
The Comets scored eight touchdowns in the win behind Mikyler Smalls and Joshua Miller who had two rushing touchdowns each, Jy’Quez Ferrell who rushed into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season, the Comets Dakii threw for three touchdowns, one to Kanya Caddle on an oblique road, one to Jahmarri who was wide open in the end zone and one to Wyatt Nelson who managed to seal the defender with his back and catch the pass from touch.
Miller had his two touchdowns in the first half, one on a four-yard run and the other on the 15-yard line.
“Tonight I played for my seniors, our offensive line blew up some crazy holes tonight,” Miller said.
The Comets have 16 seniors who will graduate and go on their next adventure in life, but there will still be 20 athletes eligible to return next fall.
“I credit my success tonight to our O-Line and to Mikyler who was my main tackle,” Miller said.
The Comets sidelined the game in the first half with five of their eight touchdowns coming next.
It took just three games for Halifax early in the second half to score a touchdown as Smalls broke free for a 35-yard touchdown with 11:28 left in the third quarter, extending his lead to 41 -0.
Dakii then found Jahmarri wide open in the end zone after scoring a bubble for an eight-yard touchdown as there was no defender within 20 feet of him, extending his lead to 47-0 with over seven minutes to play in the third quarter.
“It’s hard for me to choose between defense and offense, but I would say defense because I like hitting people and intercepting the ball,” Jahmarri said.
He added: “It was a big game for us as it helps us with our regional ranking, but I treat it like every other game, we can’t let go of the gas.”
Tunstall struggled all night to stop the rushed game, but couldn’t do so as Ferrell added another rushed touchdown for the Comets with 10:40 to go, bringing the score to 55-0 after a successful conversion from two points.
The Comets finished their season 7-2 in the regular season and will play in the regional game on Friday in hopes of advancing in the regional game.