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Comet all-state performer Traivious Chappell signed Wednesday to play football at Concord University in Athens, W.Va. From left, first row, Angela Chappell, mother, Chappell and Cottey Chappell Jr., brother. Second row, Comet football assistant Thomas Crews, assistant Chris DeJarnette, head football coach Grayson Throckmorton, assistant Dave Hale, and Mike Lewis, HCHS principal. / February 17, 2020
Halifax County High School’s Traivius Chappell signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday to attend Concord University in Athens, W. Va., and play football for the Mountain Lions next fall.

Chappell had a solid senior season and saw great development while in the Comet football program. He was the recipient of the Comet Big Blue Award for hustle, desire and determination and Halifax Insurance Insurance Agency Offensive Player of the Month Award for October-November this past season.

Comet football coach Grayson Throckmorton said he is proud of Chappell and expects him to do well at Concord. He spoke of Chappell’s development as a player and his extraordinary senior year.

“He was just one of those guys who was a program player and bought in to the change that I brought to Halifax and he was a leader by example and I’ve seen him change over the years,” Throckmorton said. “He was a young receiver that could see had some talent.

“So he developed those skills. I really think his biggest asset is he has a great pair of hands. If it’s around him and he gets his hands there, he’s going to catch it so.

“He became very reliable in our offense. He worked in the off-season to develop himself. So I’m proud of him.

“He was our go-to guy off of play action pass for the deep ball. He just optimized everything we looked for in a leader and he is well deserving of the award that he got.”

Chappell said he feels blessed to have accomplished his goal of playing football at the next level.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing at the next level so I was definitely working hard,” Chappell said. “It was around the ninth grade when I really starting pushing myself to be able to work to get to that level.”

He stated that the last two seasons of football at Halifax had a profound impact on his desire.

“Well, being that we had a not so good of a season last year it really reflected on how we wanted to push more this year in the offseason to be able to produce and play like I did this year.

“I worked really hard to be that impact player for the team this year. A big thing for me has been just to inspire kids and show them you can be anything you want to be if you work hard for.”

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