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HCHS wideout Travious Chappell loses a battle with a GW defender for ball control / November 06, 2017

Halifax County High School varsity football is not expected to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, but the team made significant progress this fall.

Halifax got drilled, 58-14, at home by GW-Danville on Senior night. The Comets finish 5-5, 4-3 Piedmont District. GW is headed to the playoffs with a 9-1, 7-0 Piedmont District record. The Eagles are the regular season Piedmont champs. GW secured its eighth win in a row.

Halifax likely missed its playoff opportunities following a close loss to Magna Vista last weekend. The Comets also had chances to win against Franklin County and Dan River on the road.

The official VHSL playoff schedule will be released this week.

Halifax finished 2-8 last year and also missed the playoffs.

Halifax never quit and played hard against the Eagles, but never really had a chance of containing GW.

GW junior quarterback Carlos Poole shredded Halifax, running for three touchdowns and 124 yards and rushed for three more.

Halifax got burned on the opening kickoff return, as GW set up shop on the Comet 25. Poole connected with Shawn Watlington for a 23-yard scoring pass. GW led 7-0.

Halifax enjoyed its best moment of the game, as feature back Jamal Brandon broke through the GW defense for an 80-yard scoring run, tying the game at 7-7 at the 10:47 mark of the first period.

From there, however, GW found ways to score quickly, scoring 51 consecutive points.

Poole had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Weber Harris, followed by a sustained drive that ended with a one-yard scoring run by Poole.

Poole later found Samuel Branch on a 19-yard scoring thrust and Halifax was well on its way to major trouble by the second quarter.

GW had 339 total yards, including 258 in the first half alone.

GW led by 41 heading to intermission, after finding different ways to score in a 48-7 halftime demolition. The Eagles had a 17-yard fumble return from Jaylon Williams for a touchdown, capping a tough first half for the Comets.

Herbert Brooks recorded a 25-yard rushing touchdown in the final period for the Comets. That score came with 5:03 left, with Ben Harris adding the PAT.

Brandon finished with 131 yards and a score for the Comets.

Afterwards, first-year Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton led the cheers for this spirited Halifax squad one more time, refusing to dwell on negativity.

Throckmorton likened the GW-HC competition to a gutsy effort by underdog boxer Randall Tex Cobb in a 15-round loss to champion Muhammad Ali.

The Comets never quit and Throckmorton was happy about that.

“We knew it was going to be a tough battle. They were very talented. They are what they are. They’re season and have a veteran program, and that’s what we’re working very hard to get our program to be. I surely feel we can do that,” said Throckmorton.

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