The Halifax County High School football team had a lot of positive things go its way in last Friday’s win over border rival Person High School and is looking for its third win in as many games Friday night when it faces Park View High School of South Hill at 7 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.
Park View High School enters Friday’s game coming off of a14-6 overtime win over Colonial Heights High School. Halifax County High School enters Friday’s game looking to improve its record to 3-0 following wins over Nottoway County High School and Person High School.
Comets head coach Grayson Throckmorton says Park View High School has its share of weapons and is a solid team.
“Overall, they’re a good football team,” said Throckmorton.
“I think they’re feisty, they are energetic, they have a motor that doesn’t quit. I say they are kind of like yellow jackets. They’re quick, and they hit quick and move. They are not big tanks. They’re a little smaller, and they’re going to get after it the entire game, which is going to pose a big challenge for us.”
“Last year they were really good,” Throckmorton said.
One of the things that makes Park View Hill School a threat is that it uses two different types of offenses.
“They will spread it out with two or three formations,” Throckmorton explained, “then they will hunker down in a power offense. It’s two completely different offenses that you have to have two completely different defenses ready for. There is no way you can play the same defense against both of those looks. We have installed the hunker-down defense and we will play their spread stuff with our normal 3-4 defense.”
Halifax County High School enters Friday night’s game coming off a good performance in its 34-13 win over Person High School. The Comets had a season-high 392 yards of offense, 271 yards of which came on the ground.
“I really liked a lot of things that I saw,” Throckmorton remarked.
“It’s easy to pull out the bad things you do, and its easy to miss all of the good things you do. I pointed out to the players during Monday’s film session we did a ton of things really, really well, and we’re going to continue to do those things and build on those things. We’re also going to maintain a practice level where we’re trying to get better and polish the things we don’t do well.”
One of the things that stood out for the Comets in last week’s game against Person High School is that the Comets were 3-7 in fourth-down conversion attempts. The two biggest came during the Comets’ opening drive of the second half when Throckmorton rolled the dice on fourth down with his team on its own 29-yard line and later when the Comets were just inside the Rockets’ 30-yard line.
The Comets’ coach said rolling the dice and being a gambler is somewhat a part of his nature.
“When that time presents itself I don’t really have a problem of going for it (on fourth down),” Throckmorton said, “especially with our ball-control offense. I feel comfortable that if we need three or four yards for a first down we can do that. That shows confidence in the team. They see I have confidence in them. It also shows that I have confidence in our defense in that if we don’t make it, I feel confident our defense will go out, stand tall and back us up. At the right time, in the right situation and the way the ebb-and-flow of the game is going, sometimes you have to take a risk.”
Friday night’s game against Park View High School will be a big one. After Friday night’s game the Comets have only two home games left among the remaining seven games that will follow Friday night’s contest.
Those remaining home games are the Homecoming Game against Martinsville High School on Oct. 11 and the Senior Night Game against Tunstall High School on Nov. 8.