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Comet varsity football head coach Grayson Throckmorton watches the action Saturday during a scrimmage with Randolph-Henry. / August 22, 2019

Comet varsity football shifts to a higher gear Friday, with the annual benefit game planned.

The season opener is Aug. 30 against Nottoway, at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton is upbeat after the performance in the opening scrimmage at Randolph-Henry High School.

Halifax County High School will have a jayvee football scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. and then the varsity teams crank it up at 7 p.m. Buckingham provides the opposition.

Halifax has respect for Buckingham.

“The Buckingham program has perennially been a powerhouse program in 2A.

They were down for a few years, a number of years ago.

“But the new coach there is in the second year and he’s rebuilding, he’s putting together a pretty strong program. He’s trying to get it back to where it was,” said Throckmorton.

Seth Wilkerson is the head man at Buckingham. Wilkerson is restoring the old Buckingham ways, according to Throckmorton.

“They’re going to be a good best for us,” said the Comet coach.

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: “The biggest area we have to work on is the timing on our offense. Getting a little tougher with our blocks and then installing some new things.

“We’ve got some base things put in and we want to be able to expand and install some new things,” said Throckmorton.

The defense is very solid overall, he said. “We hang our hat on trying to play good defense. The last two years, we’ve been able to do that for the most part.”

Throckmorton stressed the importance of three-and-outs, and forcing turnovers. Halifax also wants to ‘bend, but don’t break’ in terms of defensive philosophy.

SPECIAL TEAMS: This area is a major deal in football. “You can win or lose with special teams. The guys we have that we’re going to put on special teams are good players,” said Throckmorton.

“We consider them starters on special teams,” he said.

The Comets plan to install several tweaks on special teams in time for the Aug. 30 opener. Special teams will not be live for Friday’s benefit game, Throckmorton said.

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