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Kenneth Davis Jr. has been a strong component of this year’s Comet varsity football team. HCHS will be on the road tonight to face North Stafford in the Class 5 Region D playoffs. (David Conner II photos) / November 08, 2018

A year ago, Halifax County High School varsity football missed the VHSL playoffs.

That’s not the case this season. No. 7 seed Halifax will travel to clash with the second seed of the Class 5, Region D playoffs, North Stafford Thursday.

The game has been moved up 24 hours due to weather concerns. The teams meet at 6 p.m. North Stafford.

North Stafford has a very good team and is part of a loaded playoff haul from the Commonwealth district. North Stafford has a 7-2 mark and provides Halifax plenty of challenges.

“They’re a really good football team. Obviously, all of the teams here are pretty good, particularly the high ranked teams,” Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton said.

The coaching staffs from both schools have been preparing for tonight’s meeting. Throckmorton compared North Stafford to GW-Danville in some ways.

“They’re the same style offense, with the run-pass option,” said the Comet coach. He compared the North Stafford quarterback to GW’s Carlos Poole.

“Every game’s a challenge,” said Throckmorton, noting that North Stafford has potential to create real trouble for Halifax from the quarterback and running back positions.

“We’ve got to be able to play in space. It’s just like playing Magna Vista, and GW-Danville,” said Throckmorton .

Halifax is a bit banged up heading into the postseason. The Comets are also dealing with some sickness issues.

Despite the travel hassles, Throckmorton said the Comets “have their foot in the door and it’s a good thing for us.”

He’s looking forward to the playoff experience and building blocks for the future.

Halifax (5-5) has capitalized on several key leaders on both sides of the ball.

One of the key contributors has been Kenneth Davis Jr., who has had a tremendous season. Davis has run very effectively this season and Throckmorton now says if he had understood Davis’ offensive prowess a year ago, the Comets might have used him more running the ball a year ago.

“This year, he’s been the full-time starter at one of the halfback spots. He’s done a fabulous job and been a really, really good player for us,” said Throckmorton.

Herbert Brooks has also been a reliable two-way starter, playing both at fullback and defensive end.

He is constantly being involved in physical play at those positions and has become the true iron man of the football squad.

Brooks also makes contributions on special teams.

Brandon Davis has also emerged as a major leader for the playoff-bound Comets.

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