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Comets prep for new season in summer heat / July 05, 2018

Second year Comet varsity football coach Grayson Throckmorton is taking steps to prepare for the coming season, which starts Aug. 31 at E.C. Glass.

“We have gone through our winter phase of workouts, which is all core lifting. Then we went through our spring workouts,” said Throckmorton.

Those involved foot speed drills and more strengthening of core muscles. Also, the Comets are working on improving their agility.

Now, the Comets are continuing their summer phase, involving more workout drills. Throckmorton is also working on the installation of the offense and defense. The Comets are getting into position-specific skills and further conditioning.

Camp starts Aug. 1.

Throckmorton’s ‘Football is life’ fundamental skills clinic is right around the corner, taking up the last two days of July.

Throckmorton directed the Comets to a 5-5 regular season finish in his first season back at Halifax. The Comets did not make the playoffs.

“Looking forward to it,” said Throckmorton on the upcoming campaign. “It’s going to be a challenge. We lost some linemen, so we’ll be working to try to find some linemen we can plug in. I think we’re going to be a little smaller. We changed a few things on offense.” The idea is to take advantage of the available quickness on offense.

Halifax lost running back Jamal Brandon to graduation, but Throckmorton is making adjustments.

The Comets are also seeking to offset major losses on the offensive line, including Travis Helton, Jacob Abedeljalil, Brent Waller and Patrick Simmons.

Halifax is also making changes on its defensive scheme, employing more of a 3-4 package.

The idea is to bring pressure off the edge and capitalize on smaller, quicker football athletes.

“We want to win everything,” said Throckmorton. “The biggest determining factor for this year’s team is going to be how we play together.

“If we can jell together and play as one unit, I think we’ll have a chance to be competitive, especially against the teams in our district that are a little more our size.”

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