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William Davis sacks Patrick County’s quarterback in the first half Friday night.
SoVaNow.com / November 04, 2019
Halifax County High School varsity football had a tough week of practice, and then traveled to play a determined Patrick County team Friday night. The Cougars played extremely well in a 27-8 win over the Comets.

Halifax dropped to 6-3 and may have lost its shot for a home playoff regional opener.

Magna Vista surprised GW-Danville with an inspired win, so the Comets will have to wait for the latest regional ratings from the VHSL.

The Comets came out flat in Friday’s loss and it showed. Halifax is also savaged by injury issues, although PC (5-5) was dealing with major problems on that front as well.

Halifax was hampered with time of possessions issues, especially in the first half, when the Comets got just 13 plays.

Patrick got solid work from quarterback Will Sprowl. He directed the Cougars to their first score, after a 0-0 tie at the end of the first quarter.

He rolled standing up into the end zone on a five-yard run to lift the Cougars to an early lead with 9:37 left before the half.

Halifax had trouble converting on a couple of key fourth downs and the Comets just could not find an effective offensive rhythm in the first half.

Patrick led 6-0 at the half.

The Comets, who had a tremendous win over Magna Vista last week, kept getting tough breaks in this loss. HCHS also had turnover issues, including a Wyatt Argo pickoff at the 8:10 mark of the third quarter that silenced a promising Halifax drive.

Patrick punter Josh Wright was forced to take a safety on the ensuing drive, as the Cougars saw their lead whittled to 6-2 with 6:05 left in the third period.

Finally, Halifax grabbed the lead on a well-executed pass from quarterback Thomas Lee to William Davis for a nine-yard score with 4:16 left in the third. Halifax had its only lead, 8-6, and then the PAT was blocked.

The Cougars wasted little time regaining the lead, and decisive momentum.

Sprowl connected with Chris Drury on a 74-yard bomb. PC got the PAT, and led 13-8 with 3:08 left in the third.

The Cougars would never trail again and later added two scores as the Comets made a bunch of mistakes.

Comet coach Grayson Throckmorton summed up the lost evening for Halifax.

“I don’t have all the answers. I wish I did.

“We didn’t have a great week of practice. We are banged up to the umpteenth degree,” said Throckmorton.

Inclement weather also forced the Comets to practice inside, which also leads to more problems.

Halifax also started flat and then struggled to establish any kind of offensive flow. Patrick did a good job with a physical running game and gutsy defense.

“In the end, we did not play well,” said Throckmorton.





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