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Comets face Buckingham in season’s first scrimmage

SoVaNow.com / August 17, 2017


Grayson Throckmorton and the Halifax County High School varsity football team get a better idea of how the new season might play out, starting with Friday’s benefit game against Buckingham, at 7 p.m. at the Tuck Dillard Stadium.

Throckmorton, who coached Buckingham for one season, said, “the program is in a little bit of an adjustment. They have a new coach, Josh Wallace. He came from Petersburg High School. He’s a second year head coach there. He’s putting in a new program and he’s turning everything around a little bit. They are working hard to try to get their program off the ground.”

Halifax expects several benefits from the game, as the Comets prepare for the season opener Sept. 1 at home against E.C. Glass.

“We’re going to approach it as a glorified practice. We’re going to run our base offense and our base defense,” said Throckmorton.

“We’re going to make tons of mistakes. We know that,” said Throckmorton.

The team will use the mistakes as a teaching tool to get better, he said.

The base offense is a run-oriented scheme, with ball possession, play action pass with bootleg aspects. “It’s kind of a modified Wing-T, wing-t principles with some jet sweep (plays) added,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax will run a 4-2-5 defense, with an even front. There are two linebackers, with five defensive backs. There are two hybrids, who can come up and play linebacker and also drop back into safety, with the idea of versatility in the defensive backfield.

Throckmorton has been working the players hard.

“Numbers are good. Right now, we’ve got 73 in the program, jayvee and varsity,” said Throckmorton.

Throckmorton said this practice session has been very different from what these players are accustomed to in the past. But they are coming around and listening to the coaches.



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