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HCH’s Tyshoan Hamlett tries to get past two GW defenders in Friday’s varsity football game in Danville. / April 05, 2021

Given the fact it was playing its third game in eight days, the George Washington football team could’ve been forgiven if it had come out slow against rival Halifax County Friday night.

In the end, GW didn’t need the forgiveness as it raced past Halifax, 47-0, to clinch the Piedmont District regular-season title and give head coach Nick Anderson his 100th career win.

GW (5-1, 5-0 Piedmont) clinched the No. 2 seed in next week’s Region 4D semifinal and will host third-seed Pulaski County Friday at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Comet head coach Rob Senseney said, “I think we played really well. We had a bad second quarter where turnovers really hurt us.”

Halifax’s season is over.

Near the end of the second quarter, Anderson met junior Jakobe Dixon as he was running back to the sidelines after an Eagles scoring drive. Anderson didn’t fuss at or instruct Dixon, but smiled, called him an all-star, and patted him on the helmet before the two returned to the sideline. And why not? Anderson had good reason. After all, Dixon had just scored his third touchdown of the first half, a 20-yard rushing score, that made it a 33-0 ballgame with just over three minutes left in the first half.

Dixon scored on runs of 32 and 20 yards and threw in a 72-yard pick-6 for good measure to help shoot GW to a sizeable halftime cushion and the eventual rout.

Despite the score line, the Eagles did falter a bit on their first drive, turning the ball over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-four situation.

Halifax (0-4, 0-4) didn’t fare much better on its ensuing possession, going three-and-out. GW’s offense found its sea legs on the Eagles’ following drive as senior Sha’Kobe Hairston capped a quick, four-play, 46-yard drive with his three-yard score that made it a 6-0 game with 1:44 left in the opening period.

“Being with my guys, all the things we’ve been through, that’s what made me work harder, that and being I’m a senior, and I got 16 more seniors around me, I just want to give it my all and leave it all on the field,” Hairston said.

Sophomore Donavan Howard backed up GW’s offense with an interception on Halifax’s ensuing possession. It was the Dixon Show from there as he grabbed the starring role with his 30-yard touchdown run and 74-yard interception return for a score to give the Eagles a 19-0 lead with 6:49 left in the half and help them shake off their sluggish first possession.

After Dixon’s pick-6, it was senior Willie Edmunds’ turn to score as he ripped off a 25-yard scoring run to push GW’s lead to 26-0 with 5:37 left in the first half. Dixon’s third and final score of the night made it a 13-0 game and senior Zavion King got the Eagles’ special teams involved when he found a gap for a 25-yard punt return that gave GW a 40-point cushion going into the break.

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