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William Davis goes high for the reception in Friday’s HCHS varsity football game against GW in Danville, but has it fall out of reach. / October 21, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity football took its toughest loss of the season, falling 62-27 to GW-Danville for the Eagles’ Homecoming.

The Comets fell to 5-2, 2-1, Piedmont District. Halifax has another difficult test against Magna Vista Friday on the road.

And injuries are beginning to take their toll on the Comets, who were fourth last week in the latest VHSL division 4 ratings.

Halifax was very competitive through most of the first half, but a crucial interception by GW set up a late score that gave the Eagles a 27-14 lead at the break.

From there, it went steadily downhill.

GW’s Wesley Graves stablished a new school record for career touchdowns. GW improved to 5-2, 3-0 Piedmont District.

Graves finished with five rushing touchdowns, including a record-breaking 77-yard run in the second quarter. He also exceeded the 200-yard mark.

The turning point of the game came late in the first half when Ahmad Poole used an athletic move to intercept HC senior quarterback Thomas Lee. With four seconds left, GW elected to cash in with a late touchdown pass. Quarterback Sha’Kobe Hairston found Shawn Watlington on a 12-yard scoring pass with less than a second remaining.

GW later erupted in the second half, outscoring the Comets 35-13 after halftime. The game proved to be more competitive - at least for a while - and Halifax showcased some offensive explosiveness.

Mikyler Smalls scored on a one-yard rush in the second quarter. Christian Mack hauled in two touchdowns - six and 55 yards, and Traivius Chappell had a 12-yard touchdown reception in the fourth period to finish the Comets scoring.

Watlington also had a 90-yard pick 6 in the final minute of the third quarter. Halifax had driven into GW territory and might have had some momentum If not for the mistake. Lee threw into double coverage on the play.

Halifax had some positive moments and challenged GW for a while. But the Eagles had too much strength and versatility for the Comets.

The Comets rallied to stay competitive, until a late burst sealed the deal for GW.

“We came up here confident, prepared, and we played well at times, and we didn’t play well at times. We got behind because of a couple of blown coverages, and not lining up correctly. We fixed it, and we played well at times again, and we didn’t play so well at times,” Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton said.

Throckmorton said the injury bug has started to hit, and he made the point that the Comets had to deal with a tough, athletic team like GW.

“We came into this game and played as tough as we possibly could, and we made some nice plays. We just gave up too many big plays on defense,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax will try to heal up some of its injury issues and get ready for Magna Vista, on the road Friday night.

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