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Comets slip in playoff rankings

South Boston News / October 19, 2017

Halifax County High School has slipped in the weekly prep football playoff ratings.

The Comets, now 4-3, are tied for eighth in Group 5, Region 5D.

Eight teams out of the 12-team region make the playoffs.

Three Commonwealth district teams are at the top. Stafford, now 6-2, owns the top rating (27.250), followed by North Stafford (6-1, 26.857) and Brooke Point (5-2, 25.857).

Harrisonburg is fourth (4-3, 24.517), followed by Albemarle, Orange, Massaponax, Mountain View and Hailfax.

Mountain View, from the Commonwealth, is 3-4 with a rating of 23.142. Halifax has the same rating, 23.142, with its 4-3 mark.

Patrick Henry-Roanoke, Potomac and William Fleming take up the rear guard of the weekly ratings.

GW-Danville is 6-1, 4-0 Piedmont District in the latest standings. Halifax County and Magna Vista are both 4-3, 3-1. Franklin County 3-5, 2-1. Martinsville (3-4, 2-2); Tunstall (2-5, 1-3): Patrick County (1-6, 0-3) and Bassett (0-7, 0-4) follow in the rear.

Halifax travels to Patrick County Friday, as a solid favorite. If the Comets win, coach Grayson Throckmorton can lock in at least a .500 finish in his first regular season.

Hailfax has a road trip left to Magna Vista, followed by the senior night home finale with GW-Danville following Friday’s longest road trip of the season.

“We’ve got Patrick County, got to go there and see if we can’t get a win,” Throckmorton said.

“We played really well Friday night. We made mistakes, especially the opening kickoff. Getting behind 7-0 in 15 seconds, that never helps,” he said.

“We fought back, (losing 35-28), playing in a tough environment. The guys never quit, played hard, very pleased and very happy with that,” said Throckmorton.

He’s looking for more improvement.

“My goal was to try to win six games this year. Wemve certainly had our chances so far,” he said.

“We could easily be 6-1 right now, but we gave one away at Dan River and let this one kind of get away from us at the beginning.”

But Throckmorton sees at least a possible .500 season as a positive for the program. “We’re looking at this game (PC), because it’s the second game of a two-game series, and we’re looking to try to see if we can win this to get us at 1-1 on that,” said Throckmorton.

“We haven’t lost a two-game series,” said Throckmorton.

Throckmorton emphasized he’s not taking PC lightly. “We’re preparing for them like we would for an undefeated team, trying to keep that mindset all week long in practice,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax has lost Herbert Brooks indefinitely with a finger injury.

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