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SoVaNow.com / November 04, 2013
Halifax County High School varsity football still has not won at Franklin County since 1991, the year of the magical state title run, and the Comets had another very forgettable night in Rocky Mount Friday.
Franklin County drilled the Comets, 59-7, cruising to a 45-0 lead by halftime.
The Eagles, now 2-2 in the Piedmont and 4-6 at season’s end, apparently will not make the 6-A playoffs. HCHS has no such concerns, dropping to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the district. Only Patrick County, now 0-6 in the district and 0-9 overall, has had more futility.
Halifax County, which ends the season Friday with Tunstall at home, made crushing mistakes early and also had field position woes.
The Eagles, meanwhile, were all too happy to capitalize on the Comet misfortune.
FCHS was more physical at the point of attack and simply manhandled the Comet defense. The Eagles had 18 first downs to five for HCHS. FCHS rang up 294 yards rushing on 36 carries. FCHS finished with a mammoth edge in total offense, with 356 yards. HCHS ran 39 plays and amassed 65 total yards.
The Comets got into trouble immediately.
HCHS had two turnovers on its first two possessions, setting up, respectively, a one-yard scoring plunge by FC’s Carlton Adams with 10:12 left in the first period, and a Bradley Parcell 11-yard scoring run, giving the Eagles a 14-0 edge with 8:36 remaining in the first period.
The first half FCHS beatdown continued with another 26-yard Parcell scoring run with 7:56 left before halftime, a 48-yard pass reception by Adams from Parcell with 5:54 left before the half, and a 37-yard scoring run by Adams with 3:34 left before halftime.
The Eagles also had a 15-yard Shaun Rinn fumble recovery for a touchdown with 2:49 left before the half.
Overall, HCHS had three first half turnovers, including a costly interception thrown by Jacob Garrett, and a shanked punt that gave FCHS possession on the Comet 21. Those mistakes set up 28 FCHS points.
The misery ended after FCHS tacked on a 38-yard field goal from Eagle placekicker Jonathan Saunders with no time left on the first half clock.
Eventually, FC added a 14-yard scoring pass from Parcell to Jarred Brown with 6:32 left in the third.
HCHS finally put together one drive, working against at least some reserves, when Jacob Garrett connected on a 15-yard scoring pass to Rymel Wyndsor with 1:16 left in the third period.
Andrew Harris later added a nine-yard scoring run for the Eagles, ending a night of complete domination by the Eagles.
HCHS was helped by a running clock in the second half, shortening the game and preventing the Eagles from an even more lopsided finish.
Harris led the FC ground game with 106 yards, while Adams had 58, Parcell 52 and Andrew Clark 32.
Roland Brandon had 10 carries for 26 yards and the versatile Kyle Lacks, who has done an excellent job punting, had five carries for 34 yards.
Parcell went 2-for-6 with no picks, for 62 yards. Garrett finished with 31 passing yards, with one pass intercepted.
HCHS finishes the season seeking to upset Tunstall on Senior night.
The Trojans represent a very tough obstacle and will come to South Boston sporting a 3-2 district mark, 4-5 overall.
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