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William Davis dives for the Comets’ first touchdown Friday against Person County. (David Conner II photo) / September 16, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity football is 2-0 after Friday’s 34-13 win over border rival Person County.

In their three wins here this season, counting the benefit game, the Comets have played turnover-free football.

Coach Grayson Throckmorton said the team has made great strides in improving both offensively and defensively. The defense was able to control the flow of the game in the first half.

After the Comets won the toss and the Rockets received, the passing game began. The Comet defense was on the job and stopped the progress of the ball creating a quick turnover and taking over possession.

With 10:12 on the clock the Comets quarterback Thomas Lee had an inside hand-off for a Comet first down. Then Cody White went up the outside for another first down.

With a handoff to running back William Davis the Comets scored their first touchdown of the game. Halifax misfired on the extra point, and the Comets led 6-0 with 8:04 left in the quarter.

When the Rockets received the punt and went into Comet territory with a first down, the Rockets were pushing for another first down when several Comets forced a tackle for loss.

The Rockets focused on a passing game and found some success. Finally, Person connected on a scoring pass from quarterback Ridge Clayton to Trey Lunsford, and led 7-6 with 9:42 left before halftime.

The Comets answered with 5:29 left in half with a touchdown run by Zyon Wilson and Perkins completing the two-point conversion for a 14-7 Comet lead.

When the Rockets offense took the field, they were only able to gain about five yards before Wilson, playing for the defense, took out the receiver stopping their progress.

The Comets led 14-7 at halftime.

Halifax controlled the game in the second half.

Davis was able to score on a 21-yard run with 6:33 left in the third quarter giving the Comets a 21-7 lead.

Davis scored for the third time with a three-yard run with 11:11 left in the game that put the Comets up 28-7.

With 2:59 left to play Comets’ Christian Mack scored on a six-yard burst to give the Comets a 34-7 lead.

Person gained some measure of respect with a Da’shaun Brown 19-yard scoring run with 39 seconds left to play.

The Comet defense remained strong throughout the game. The Comets’ offense improved in the second half and were able to hold on to the ball and keep it out of the other’s teams’ offensive hands.

Throckmorton felt they got themselves together in the second half. This turned out to be the key factor to this win.

The Comets will continue to work on fundamentals and add to their passing game.

The Comets host Park View Friday.

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