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Top, Christian Mack picks up yardage in the first half Friday against GW. Above, Tucker Harris takes down GW’s quarterback in the first half of Friday’s regional football game. (David Conner II photos) / November 18, 2019

Halifax County High School varsity football has finished 7-4 on a redemptive campaign that ended Friday night with a 27-6 defeat to archival GW-Danville here in the first round of the Class 4 regional playoffs.

The Eagles improved to 8-3 and will travel to Salem in the next round of the regionals.

The top three regional seeds, Salem, E.C. Glass and Pulaski, won Friday. The five seed (GW) won on the road against fourth-seeded Halifax County in a game that was more competitive than the recent regular season test.

GW’s defense shined, particularly the linebacking corps. The Eagles had a fresher, deeper team to face Halifax. That clearly mattered as the game moved forward.

GW scored at two particularly significant times - on the opening kickoff and the final drive before the end of the first half.

Halifax earned back a measure of pride when running back William Dixon plowed into score on the last offensive touchdown of the 2019 season.

Halifax has much to appreciate from this campaign, as head coach Grayson Throckmorton and his staff have made progress in moving the program several steps forward.

Halifax got into trouble early on an 86-yard special teams breakdown on the opening kickoff return by GW’s Shawn Watlington sredded the Comet coverage unit in the kind of moment that often defines these games.

Halifax had opportunities early to stay competitive, but the final touchdown drive of the first half gave GW separation moving towards the halftime break.

Halifax threw interceptions to Kendrell McClary and Watlington in the first half. Then, in the second half - following a fumble by GW quarterback Sha’Kobe Hairston - the Comets failed to score on a promising drive.

GW later scored to cruise to a 27-0 lead.

The Comets avoided the late shutout.

The Comets struggled to contain turnovers and did not get the kind of consistency needed to short-circuit a talent-laded team like GW.

Halifax has some talent coming from the jayvees.

Another thing Comet fans can take heart from - all three of the regular season losses came on the road. Next year Jefferson Forest, GW and Patrick County visit Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.

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