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Comets make strides under Throckmorton

SoVaNow.com / November 09, 2017


Halifax County High School varsity football finished 5-5 and did not earn a playoff berth, but the Comets were competitive much of the season. The program, directed by first year head coach Grayson Throckmorton, clearly made strides.

“Overall, this season was very successful for us in that we implemented a totally new system and plan that is coupled with fair, demanding discipline, while utilizing certain procedures needed to maintain structure, integrity, and success. Our players, particularly the seniors were instrumental in that process,” said Throckmorton.

Throckmorton has three basic goals, and a core philosophy. Now, Halifax has to get more athletes to buy into this approach. And the Comet program will need more driven, physical football players ready to work hard and improve week to week.

Throckmorton has three basic goals for the program - graduating all players and preparing them for life after high school; winning football games and creating a culture of success, and the idea that these athletes will make a positive impact on the school, the community and the state.

Throckmorton also has a core mission.

“Understanding the family (team) can only progress with the presence of love and respect, we commit ourselves to reaching our full potential. We know that every action must be with the team in mind. Unwavering loyalty to the team must be built in, especially during the tough times. Success and fun will prevail for all, and there will be an absence of special privileges for any individual. We know that…‘We will get as our work deserves,’” said Throckmorton.

He’s committing the Comets to a path of growth, mentally, physically and spiritually. He wants players to get better every day and develop consistency through relentless execution of fundamentals. And he wants his current players to respect Comet tradition, with further greatness and a stronger football culture in the future.

And Throckmorton badly wants to get the football program to the point that it takes no back seat to any at the high school.

Throckmorton will continue to insist on discipline and a wide-ranging attention to details, large and small, for each of his teams.

He also has plans for the off-season.

“This off season we will implement our out-of-season weight program and basic football enhancement workouts to better prepare the participants with general skills which will allow them to perform at a higher standard on the field during the season. This will be imperative for any type of success we will expect as an overall program. Obviously, this will be done with returning varsity and jayvee players, but a main target group will be current middle school players as they are our future. The more they understand our work ethic and expectations, the easier the transition from lower level football to higher level play,” said Throckmorton.





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