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A GW-Danville lineman sacked HCMS quarterback Jamal Brandon. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2013
Halifax County Middle School football got off to an encouraging start, making a late push to get by visiting GW-Danville, 20-10.

Halifax led, 12-8, most of the game, but ran into late trouble when the offense gave up a safety with 7:50 remaining in the contest. Suddenly, Danville trailed by two, with a mandatory free kick coming.

But the Lion defense rallied on that drive, repelling GW-Danville and turning the ball back to HCMS.

HCMS appeared ready to stall out offensively, but the Lions came up with a dramatic fourth down conversion from quarterback Jamal Brandon to Cedric Jennings, who hauled in a pass on fourth down. The play went down to the GW 36.

“It was a punt. I just released the tight end just to see if it was there. I told Jamal, look at him, if he’s open, throw it, if not punt it,” coach Frank Shealy, said.

From there, Jennings scampered outside and scored to seal the win with one minute remaining. The Lions added the two-point conversion for the final ten-point margin of victory in the home opener.

HCMS had trouble with blocking in the first half, after getting a kick return for a touchdown by Brandon, a versatile athlete. But, overall, HCMS sputtered.

“We were having trouble ... they were blitzing inside and we weren’t picking up the blitz. The second half, we changed some folks around, and it seemed to do a much better job,” said Shealy.

Brandon has other things to work on, but the second half was much improved over the second half.

HCMS gave up some yards, but rallied defensively when it counted most.

HCMS also had some offensive inconsistency, but has time to make improvements.

“Our linemen right now are big, but they’re not as quick as I need them,” said Shealy. Tyler Driscoll came on the second half at left tackle, and he showed quickness and did a good job.

The Lions will be on the road Wednesday at 6 p.m., against Bluestone. The game will be at Bluestone High School in Skipwith.



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