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Lions shut down Martinsville 38-0 for Homecoming win

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Arious Sweeney hauls in the pass in HCMS’s win Wednesday over Martinsville. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / October 21, 2019
The Halifax County Middle School football team shut down Martinsville 38-0 win Wednesday for a Homecoming win.

Coach LeVar Medley and his cubs were ready to make their Homecoming a show that would not soon be forgotten.

The Bulldogs won the toss and deferred to the Lions; this is when the defensive line went to work. On the second down of the first drive, Rashad Jones knocked down the receiver causing a fumble, and this led to a Lion touchdown run in by Josh Miller. The Lions followed this first touchdown with a successful 2-point conversion resulting in an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs worked hard to try and break through the Lions’ defense to no avail. When the Lions’ offense came back on the field the quarterback threw a pass to Sweeney for another Lion touchdown. Another two-point conversion lit up the scoreboard 16-0 with 3:29 left to play in the quarter.

Again, Martinsville attempted to break through the Lions’ brick wall defense and even attempted to try and bring it on a fourth down with no movement. On the first drive of Halifax’s unstoppable offense Powell with only a minute left in the quarter ran in a touchdown with Rashad Jones pounding in a 2-point conversion to lead 24-0.

The start of the second quarter was more of the of the same, the Bulldogs’ offense struggling against the Halifax defense. Martinsville’s defense was on the job stopping the Lions when possible but with 4:30 left in the half Atavion Mabins with a handoff to Miller for another score and 2-pt conversion carrying the Lions into the half with a 32-0 lead.

During halftime the homecoming prince and princess was crowned by Principal Dawn Miller. The princess was Emma Payne. The prince was Atavion Mabins who gave credit to Medley for being a powerful influence in his life. Halifax County coaches are dedicated to their players, not only on the field but in their curriculums as well.

The second half was a shut out with the Lions taking full control and making catch up out of reach. The only score added were by the Lions with a running play by Mabins leaving the score at 38-0 for the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs were unable to push through the Lions’ defense, but in turn their defense did not allow anymore Lion touchdowns, ending this Homecoming game with a final score of 38-0.

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