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Game on: 1991 Wreckin’ Crew, GW to play again

SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2021

Plans continue to come together for the 1991 Halifax County High School state championship Wreckin’ Crew football team to hold a reunion game against GW-Danville in September at HCHS.

The event has grown in scope including the number of former players from each team getting involved. Vincent “Scooter” Sutphin, a member of the Comet championship team, has been leading the charge for the reunion game.

As Halifax went on to win the state championship back in 1991 they defeated an exceptionally strong GW teams twice in the season. Those wins helped to validate a 14-0 final record.

The team beat LC Bird High School at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium to claim the state title.

Sutphin, a graduate of Virginia State University where he went on to play sports after HCHS, said the Wrecking Crew still wants to be a working part of Comet sports now. He said the game is not about state championship team members reliving old glory, but about team members giving back to the community in which they were raised and enjoyed athletic success.

“This is much bigger than just the Wrecking Crew,” Sutphin said. “We want this to be about all Comet football players, no matter what year they played.

“We want to give back to these kids. That’s why we’re doing the sports clinic. This is really about these kids.”

Part of the celebration on Sept. 18 has to do with a football clinic Comet and GW players will hold. Currently the ages to participate in the clinic are seven-16 but that may expand.

Sutphin said they want this clinic to be the first annual as organizers want to turn it into a yearly event. The clinic is coinciding with the flag football game this year, but Sutphin and organizers hope to see the clinic offered in the summer months after this year.

“We’re really trying to call on all Comet alumni for their support,” Sutphin said. “We want to remember all the fallen Comets.

“We want to release balloons during the day. Because we lost Tyrone Holt, Mark Adams, and I lost several classmates … so, we just want to remember all our Comets.”

Sutphin said since January, organizers have been able to rent the Halifax County Fairgrounds where they will hold live entertainment after the clinic and game.

“We’re going to have a live Go-Go Band from Washington DC,” Sutphin added. “A national recording artist and local talent.” A DJ, food and drinks will also be part of the fairground event.

Sutphin said it’s all about supporting and continuing to be a part of the local community. One way Sutphin says you do that is by supporting the local people supporting you in your efforts.

Sutphin said one of the artists performing at the fairgrounds will be at handing out free Easter baskets on Friday at Ballou Park in Danville. He said he would be there handing out flyers about the upcoming event.

“One of the entertainers performing for the reunion football game will be at Ballou Park on Good Friday handing out free Easter baskets,” Sutphin said. “We have 1,000 Easter baskets to give away and don’t want to take any back.

“She’s going to help us so I wanted to drive down and help her out. That’s what it’s all about, helping out each other.”

“Hopefully Franklin’s (Wrecker Service) will let us put their wreckers in our end zones one more time,” Sutphin said, harkening back to the championship season.



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