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South Boston News / November 14, 2019

Halifax County High School varsity football has a home date Friday in the Class 4D regional playoffs for the first time since 1991, and the opponent is one of the Comets’ longtime rivals, GW-Danville.

The Eagles routed Halifax earlier this season, although the game was competitive into the third period.

The winner advances in regional play, and the season ends for the losing club.

Halifax made significant progress this season, battling past a rash of injuries to finish 7-3. The Comets had one major disappointment, losing on the road recently to Patrick County.

GW-Danville also finished 7-3.

Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton said of the matchup (Halifax is the four seed, GW is a five), “We’re going to work to play solid football. We’re going to fix some of the problems we had before when we played them.”

Defensively, the Comets are working on lining up properly, and improving tackling technique.

Offensively, Halifax will seek to execute its offense and hold on to the football. The Comets want to take advantage of its passing game and manage to generate as much excitement as possible with the rush effort.

Throckmorton said there’s no advantage to playing the same team (GW) at this point in the postseason.

“You’ve already prepared for them and you have some of their game film …broken down,” said Throckmorton. But the Comets avoid the hassle of the road trip, even though Danville is just a short trek down U.S. 58.

GW appears to have several major matchup advantages over the Comets, especially with the skill players, but Throckmorton remains hopeful.

“One thing that gives us a more favorable situation is we have some more of our guys who were banged up healthy,” he said.

Halifax feels if it can execute its game plan and right some wrongs from the previous outing against the Eagles, there’s a path to success.

But the Comets generally have not found much success against GW.

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