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Zyon Wilson recovers the Bassett fumble and scores the Comets first touchdown Friday in its Piedmont District opener. Below, Wilson celebrates. (David Conner II photos) / October 07, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity football improved to 4-1 after its 25-15 win over Bassett Friday in its Piedmont District opener.

The road win came following solid work from the Comet defense. Three turnovers gave Halifax short fields and cleared the path the win.

The Comets traveled to the Ed Bassett Stadium to take on the Bengals in their district opener. Bassett coach Brandon Johnson and his Bengals were ready to take on the Comets on their home turf.

After the kickoff the Comet defense took the field and showed the Bengals they had come to dominate the game. Coach Grayson Throckmorton had stated last week that they would be restructuring their defense and the move to a 4-3 worked. The defense produced three turnovers during the game that sparked the victory.

On their first offensive possession, the Comets’ running game was unable to move the ball down the field and soon the defense was back on the field. With 5:16 left in the quarter, the wall that was the defense, recovered a bad snap in the end zone resulting in the first score of the game by Zyon Wilson. Kicker Gabe Brankley converted the extra point, and Halifax led, 7-0.

But the defense had more success ahead. With 3:31 left in the quarter the Bengals fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Comet Taveion Coleman.

The offense was then able to steadily move the ball and over three plays a smooth hand-off to Mikyler Smalls resulted in yet another Comet touchdown. They missed the extra point leaving the score at 13-0.

The defense then took over once again and on the third and three, Tucker Harris and Wilson took down the receiver but not before he made the first down.

With the start of the second quarter, the Comet defense had a quarterback sack, but the Bengals were able to recover and delivered an awesome pass to gain the first down. With 9:47 to go, Harris was able to tackle the receiver behind the line of scrimmage.

In the next drive however QB Hairston made an astounding pass to wide receiver Gill for a Bengal touchdown. The kicker came out and made the extra point bringing the score to 13-7.

Although the Comet defense remained a force to be reckoned with, the Bengals’ defense was right there as well, with incomplete passes and a couple of penalties. The Comets went into halftime leading 13-7.

William Davis intercepted a pass by Bengals’ OB Hairston in the third quarter, giving Halifax great field position at the Bengals’ 45-yard line. The Comets offense took over and in five well executed plays ended the drive with a touchdown by William Davis on a 1-yard run with 2:19 left in the quarter to push. The Comets led, 19-7.

The Comets’ defense followed this touchdown with a huge stand. Harris and Wilson were able to sack the quarterback once again and get the ball back for their offense on the 45-yard line. After a beautiful 55-yard pass play from Thomas Lee to Davis the Comets were only a yard away from the goal. In the next drive Lee was able to score another Comet touchdown from the 1-yard line. That gave Halifax a 25-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Bassett was able to score one more time before the end of the game with a pass from Hairston to Stokes with 2:26 left.

Kevon Smith ran for a 2-point conversion to make what would be the final score 25-15.

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