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Comets head to Franklin looking for a win

SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2017


Grayson Throckmorton and the Comets survived Martinsville on a night marked by adversity, and still prevailed.

Halifax County High School, now 4-2 and headed to Franklin County Friday, have established some momentum. Now, with three straight games away from Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium, Halifax has to win on the road.

Throckmorton expressed pride in Friday’s 45-40 win over the Bulldogs.

“The first half, we played a little flat, made a lot of mistakes. Halftime, we made a good mental adjustment,” Throckmorton said.

The adjustments were not on the offensive or defensive sides of the ball. Instead, Halifax found the resolve to find a way to win when the Comets had turnover issues and other problems.

Halifax came back in the third and fourth period and got progressively stronger. Halifax owned the scoreboard in the final period.

“I’m really happy for the players, because they responded well. They fought to the very end and we came out victorious,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax made plays happen, and that provided fuel for the Comets. Halifax forced turnovers and mistakes and ran the ball very well, which is Throckmorton’s prime aim.

“We had the grinding ground game going. I was real pleased at the way they responded. That’s the big thing about (this win). Our guys did not play well, came out flat. Then we turned it around and responded like a good football team,” he said.

“I love the offense. The offense is great, magnificent,” said the Comet coach. The offense is designed to put the ball in the hands of different players, making it more difficult for the defense to respond.

Halifax got a win, and took the second game of a two-game set. Halifax is now starting another two game series, with Franklin County and Patrick County.

Halifax had some special teams breakdowns and then made things happen, pinning Martinsville down at times without good field position.

PLAYOFF POINTS: The latest VHSL weekly ratings have been released for Group 5, which includes 12 teams. Eight earn playoff berths.

Halifax is the sixth seed at the moment, with a 23.166 rating. Halifax is 4-2, 3-0 Piedmont District.

The No. 1 seed is Stafford, currently 6-1, with a 27.285 rating. North Stafford is 5-1 and has a rating of 26.333. The no. 3 spot goes to 4-2 Brooke Point (24.333), with 4-3 Harrisonburg (23.857), fourth. The 4-3 Massaponax squad is in the fifth spot (23.428). Halifax has the sixth spot. Mountain View is number 7, at 3-3 (23.000), while Orange (3-3, 22.666) has the last transfer spot into the playoffs at the moment.

FRANKLIN COUNTY NEXT: Throckmorton and the Comets have a significant challenge with the trip to Rocky Mount Friday.

“It’s a big game. Franklin County’s a big school. They have a very good football team. For us to continue the success we’re having, we’re going to have to cut out some mistakes. We can’t be making the mistakes and win against a very good team. They have a really good offense, very versatile, some wildcat formations, the quarterback can run the ball with good efficiency,” Throckmorton said.

And there’s the venue - and this unforgiving statistic. Halifax has not won in Rocky Mount since 1991.

“The biggest thing I’m pleased about is, (the Comets are) buying in to the concepts that we’re teaching and understanding.” Halifax also has spirit and the Comets battle to the end.

“We’re continuing to work on basic fundamentals, trying to get better at the little things. That’s what wins football games for you,” said Throckmorton.

HOME TEAM EDGE: Franklin County leads the series with Halifax 25-24 after last year’s 41-16 win.

The Eagles are 20-2 at home over the years, and the Comets haven’t won in Rocky Mount since 1991. That’s 12 straight losses in Rocky Mount.

Franklin County stands just 5-22 in South Boston.

DISTRICT VIEW: GW-Danville is 5-1, 3-0 Piedmont. The Comets are also 3-0 in the district and 4-2. Magna Vista is 4-2, 3-0 Piedmont. Franklin County is 2-5, 1-1 Piedmont. The Eagles were routed by Staunton River, 52-21, last week.

Martinsville is 2-4, 1-2 Piedmont, while Patrick County is 1-5, 0-2 Piedmont. Tunstall is 1-5, 0-3 Piedmont, and Bassett is 0-6, 0-3 Piedmont.



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