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Joshua Miller stretches it out trying for the interception against Magna Vista Thursday. (David Conner II photo) / October 11, 2021

Halifax County High School varsity football picked up a big road win Thursday, taking down Piedmont District rival Magna Vista 45-26.

The Comets improved to 5-0, 2-0 in the Piedmont and sit atop the district standings.

Halifax held the Warriors to six first half points.

“I mean the first half we only gave up six points and we played really well,” said coach Rob Sensensey. “We gave up a TD in the first half — just a well thrown ball and a great catch and our kids were in there.”

Halifax’s Atavion Mabins posted the team’s first TD during the first quarter for the 6-0 lead. Ella Morrison booted the PAT for the 7-0 score.

The Comet defense continued to play well but with time running down in the second quarter MV would get a TD.

With under a minute left in the half Chandler, Mabins and Mikyler Smalls were able to get the team in scoring position — Smalls with a nice ground gain and Mabins with a 22 yard reception. A throw to the end zone as time ran out resulted in a touchdown and put the Comets up 14-6 at the half.

The Comets started to pick up their offense in the second half. Smalls reeled off some great runs in the team’s opening series, working the ball from the Halifax 27 down to the red zone.

Morrison kicked a 20-yard plus yard field goal for the 17-6 lead. The Comets’ next TD came about with some nice defensive play by Zac Carter and Semaj Jeffreys.

Looking at third and 15 Magna Vista went to the air. Halifax’s Qualik Tucker would make the interception and run it back for the 24-6 score.

MV posted a TD as time ran out in the third to narrow the Comets’ lead to 24-13.

The fourth period would belong to Halifax, with the Comets pounding the ball down the field with their run game. Small ran in a 2-yard TD for the 31-13 lead with 11:33 left in the game.

Halifax regained possession of the ball after an offside call on the ensuing kickoff resulted in a re-kick. Morrison successfully placed a short kick for the onside kick recovery.

Facing second and goal at the three, Joshua Miller broke free on a hard run raising the Comet lead to 38-13.

After a Warriors TD, Halifax answered with another rushing touchdown by Chandler at the 7:30 mark. Miller had several ground gains in this series one being 36 yards. Morrison split the uprights for the 45-20 score.

“We kind of controlled the run game tonight,” Senseney said. “In the second half we got up and I mean every touchdown we gave up, we’d already been up so nothing ever got close.

Magna Vista posted a final TD. The Comets’ final possession resulted in turnover on downs but with minimal time left on the game clock.

Senseney said his Comets played a very solid game and he was proud of the team and the win.

“Other than giving up big plays we felt pretty decent about our run game,” Senseney said. “We picked one for six; anytime the defense can score it’s a bonus.”

The team starts preparing today for its Saturday matchup with district rival GW-Danville.

“Well basically we’re showing our offense and defense what we expect to see; how our scheme matches up to what they’re doing and any adjustments we have to make on offense or defense,” Senseney said.

“Monday is basically our teach day. This is what we’ve seen on film and this is how we’re going to adjust. And then at that point we rep it out Tuesday and Wednesday really hard and then Thursday we’ll review and walk through it.”

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