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Grayson Throckmorton / August 03, 2017

Grayson Throckmorton has a strong resume in prep football, but he’s got a rebuilding job at Halifax County High School this fall.

The Comets went through a two-day camp, and the official start of fall camp began Wednesday.

Throckmorton went through a host of administrative and preliminary preparations for the coaching staff.

About 85 kids were on hand Monday for the football clinic, and two-thirds of that group included middle school or younger players.

Wednesday was slated to be the beginning of jayvee and varsity high school camp. There are 15 days of pre-season camp, before the second scrimmage.

“Once we finish that second scrimmage, we’ll be on regular practice time,” said Throckmorton.

The season starts at home Sept. 1 against E.C. Glass.

The Comets worked hard in the weight room and also got a little bit ahead working in the offense during the summer.

“The offense is always behind defense. So since we got a jump start this summer installing our offense, we’re going into the camp with pretty much both (the offense and defense) pretty much on equal terms.

“We’re getting a lot more fundamentally sound, polishing up our techniques,” said Throckmorton. He’s getting players to devote themselves to small details as needed and conditioning is certainly a factor.

“We have a good core group of skill talent. We have a smaller core group of lineman talent” he said. Halifax does not have much depth at the line.

“We have a good core group of kids. I like what I’ve seen all summer long,” Throckmorton said.

Halifax County school officials and staff also made improvements to the football field in the off-season.

“The intention was to come in and do some things to it to make it a better playing surface,” Throckmorton said.

Campers heard from former Comet Valentino Jones about life lessons and football. Throckmorton appreciated the input from the former Halifax player, who later played at Morgan State.

NEW OFFENSE: Throckmorton is running a modified version of the Wing-T this fall.

“You establish the run. It’s not so much a power offense. A lot of it’s built off angle blocking and misdirection. You can kind of utilize your angle blocks, your speed…. It does have an angle of (power), but mostly it’s misdirection, angle blocks, use your speed type offense. Hold on to the football. Establish the run, to set up your play action offense,” said Throckmorton.

Throckmorton wants to hold on to the ball, while playing tough defenses and giving the Comets the chance to get the ball back.

Comet football and the middle school are on the same page, presumably, and the Lions have made a commitment to run the base systems the Comets are using, so the younger players can learn the same terminology and the systems they will see in high school.

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