The Halifax County Middle School football team is in a good place heading into Thursday’s 5 p.m. contest against Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School here at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium.

Halifax County Middle School improved its record to 3-0 on the season last Wednesday with a 42-0 win over Martinsville Middle School in Martinsville.

“Overall the team played well together,” said Lions head coach LeVar Medley.

“We cleaned up some things on offense and also on defense. I was really proud of our guys. My message to them was let's just keep improving each week.”

The Lions had a good afternoon on the offensive side of the ball and came through with another big effort on defense.

“Defensively, we played another real solid game except on Martinsville’s first drive,” Medley noted.

“We as coaches had to make some minor adjustments, and when we made those adjustments we settled in to play some really good defense.”

The Lions got good performances from a number of players on the offensive side of things, with quarterback Atavion Mabins throwing for three touchdowns and not having any interceptions.

A 30-yard run for a touchdown by Jesse Powell opened the scoring for the Lions. Kanya Caddle snared a pass from Mabins for a 40-yard touchdown play for the Lions’ second score of the contest.

Arious Sweeney, making an alert play on defense, scooping up a Martinsville Middle School fumble and returning it for a touchdown. On the Lions’ following offensive series, Sweeney caught a pass from Mabins to score a touchdown on a play that went for 60 yards.

Halifax County Middle School capped the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run by Titus Tucker.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

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