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Comets on track to host regional game

SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2019
The Halifax County High School varsity football team has remained in fourth place in the latest VHSL rankings for Region 4D.

There are eight teams in the region. Salem heads the way out of the River Ridge District at 7-1. E.C. Glass is ranked no. 2 with an 8-0 mark. Pulaski, now 7-1, is third.

The Comets, 6-2, are the no. 4 seed. GW-Danville, which defeated the Comets recently in Danville, is the fifth seed.

Blacksburg, Jefferson Forest and Amherst complete the Region 4D ratings.

Halifax has two games remaining in the regular season, a road trip to Patrick County Friday, and Tunstall at home in two weeks.

If Halifax and GW-Danville remain 4-5 in the ratings - the Comets currently have a narrow edge (26.0-25.5) - the teams would meet at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium for the first round of the regionals in an elimination game.

Meanwhile, Halifax is coming off a win at Magna Vista.

Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton said Monday, “the mood of the team is great. We beat a good football Friday night.”

Halifax is working on getting more guys healthy.

Throckmorton said PC is much improved over last year.

Halifax had an excellent effort in special teams in the win over MV.

Throckmorton said Halifax punts to the short side, so they don’t have to cover but about half the field.

“We try to give ourselves an advantage.Punter William Davis has been doing a good job placing the ball to the short side of the field. Our coverage has been really good on that,” said Throckmorton, who is working on limiting punt returns.

QB PROWESS: Senior quarterback Thomas Lee has had a productive season so far. Throckmorton said he has worked very hard - during the spring and off-season - to win the job.

“He’s a fine young man, really cares about what he’s doing. We really love him. It’s a tough place to play (the high school quarterback spot),” he said.

Lee makes mistakes, but that’s typical of a prep quarterback.

Lee takes ownership of the mistakes and seems to be getting better as the fall moves on.

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