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Velma-Alma’s defense has played well in 2020 and will look to continue their current season with a victory in the second round of the playoffs against Snyder.

With the first playoff appearance in five seasons upcoming and the chance to host it at home for the first time in eight to 10 years, Coach Randy Norton of the Velma-Alma Comets said his team looks to shine bright in the 2020 showing.
The Comets will have a familiar opponent as the team battles it out with Snyder in the official second round of the Class B playoffs. This is the second time Velma has seen Snyder this season and the opponent gave the Comets their only check in the loss column at the last showing.
In week four of the 2020 season, the Cyclones came into Velma-Alma and won 42-26 in a game that saw the Comets without many of their starters.
Norton said that is no excuse of not winning that game, however he believes with everyone back that this game could have a different tone than the regular season match.
“We saw them earlier in the year and didn’t fare well and we had several kids out that game, but not to make excuses, we didn’t play well that game,” Norton said. “So we knew we had a chance to get them or some of the other teams and we were kind of happy to get them and get another shot at them. I expect it to be a tough game and I expect them to come to Velma and think they can win again. So it will be a big challenge for us.”
Velma-Alma took the district title as the team went perfect in the pursuit of their first playoff appearance under Norton despite finishing perfect a year ago when the team was ineligible for playoffs because it was the team’s first year in 8-man football.
Norton said in the last week, they tried to get healthy and spent a lot more time focusing on individual drills. Now, they will turn their focus on the game planning. 
“I feel we like we have a good scheme this week and our kids are motivated and I feel like being healthy that if we perform well, we should be able to beat Snyder,” Norton said. “I think the team and community is both excited. Last year we knew what we were getting ourselves into and we knew we wouldn’t be able to make the playoffs and at the end of the year, we heard a lot of that … This year we get that opportunity. We haven’t had a home playoff game in eight to 10 years and we are excited. With the kids winning district, that meant a lot to them and we felt like we had a tough district this year and hope to build on that.”
Game time is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at home against Snyder, where the Comets will look for the victory with all of the starters returning to the mix.

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