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Comet quarterback Thomas Lee scrambles for yardage in the first half against Tunstall Friday. (David Conner II photos) / November 11, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity football finished its regular season at 7-3 Friday night, following a 42-7 win at home over Tunstall for Senior Night.

The Comets, the no. 4 seed in the region, will host GW-Danville, the no. 5 seed, Friday in the opening round of the playoffs.

Christian Mack led the Comets with three rushing touchdowns, and the Comets bounced back well after a flat performance in the loss to Patrick County.

Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton was happy with the team.

“Especially after injuries killed us last week, and we didn’t play well against (PC). This week, we had a much better week of practice. The weather complied, guys got a little healthier,” he said.

And the motivation of senior night helped, especially after not winning this game in recent seasons.

“They wanted to make a statement,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax held a narrow edge over the Eagles in last week’s playoff ratings. Throckmorton said the Comets then took care of business against Tunstall.

“By getting the win tonight, that’s the best we can do. Now it puts (the playoff picture) in someone else’s hands,” he said.

“The odds are, we’ll be hosting,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax started well against Tunstall.

Halifax sputtered momentarily after taking a 14-0 lead, and then the Blues caught fire right before the half. The Comets had what Throckmorton labeled ‘a really good drive’ to extend the halftime lead to 22-7.

The Comets put the game out of reach in the second half.

Senior Night provided one of the best wins of the season for Halifax.

“It puts an exclamation point on the end of the 10-game regular season, makes us 7-3,” said Throckmorton.

The Comets got good performances out of the senior class, including William Davis with one score. The Comets also blocked well and the offensive line did its job. Halifax also has a solid defense that throttled Tunstall, for the most part.

Tucker Harris also returned from a knee injury and had two important sacks.

The defense overall turned in a quality effort.

Tunstall (1-9) was forced to punt at the 9:15 mark of the first period, and the Blues swung into action.

Halifax used a steady diet of effective ground action, resulting in a Mack score from three yards out. The extra point was blocked, but the Comets led 6-0 with 5:20 left in the first period.

Zyliek Perkins had a punt return from near midfield. Starting on its 18, Halifax drove again quickly.

Davis got an effective cutback look and ran 18 yards for the second rushing score of the night. Halifax added the two-point conversion, leading 14-0 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

From there, Halifax sputtered for a while. Tunstall also got a touchdown off its defense, as the Trojans intercepted Thomas Lee and then got a well-timed fumble recovery to put points on the board with 1:19 left before the half.

But Halifax got good field position on the ensuing possession, at the 49, and promptly marched downfield to regain momentum.

Mack scored up the middle with 48.3 seconds left, and Davis added the two-point conversion. Halifax led, 22-7 at the halftime break.

The Comets dominated the second half and cruised to the end of the regular season with a burst of momentum.

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