The Halifax County High School Comets varsity football team celebrated senior night with a dominate 55-0 victory over Tunstall High School in the last regular season home game Thursday.

A stifling defensive effort by Halifax played key in the win as they only allowed five first downs in the first half and did not allow a single first down for Tunstall in the second half.

Along with their defensive effort, the Comets changed their backfield, setting the offense up in a pro-set formation with a running back on the left side of quarterback Dakii Chandler and a running back on his right side.

Jahmarri Chandler had a huge game on both sides of the field intercepting a pass from the Tunstall quarterback and catching a touchdown wide open in the endzone.

The Comets scored eight touchdowns in the victory behind Mikyler Smalls and Joshua Miller who had two rushing touchdowns a piece, Jy’Quez Ferrell who rushed into the endzone for his first touchdown of the season, Comets’ quarterback Dakii threw for three touchdowns, one to Kanya Caddle on a slant route, one to Jahmarri who was wide open in the endzone and one to Wyatt Nelson who was able to seal off the defender with his back and catch the touchdown pass.

Miller had both of his touchdowns in the first half, one off a four-yard rush and the other from the 15-yard line.

“Tonight, I put on for my seniors, our offensive line made crazy holes tonight,” said Miller.

The Comets have 16 seniors who will be graduating and heading off to their next adventure in life but will still have 20 athletes eligible to return next fall.

“I credit my success tonight to our O-Line and Mikyler who was my lead blocker,” said Miller.

The Comets put the game away in the first half with five of their eight touchdowns coming then.

It only took Halifax three plays at the beginning of the second half to score a touchdown as Smalls broke free for a 35-yard rushing touchdown with 11:28 left in the third quarter extending their lead to 41-0.

Dakii then found Jahmarri wide open in the endzone after running a bubble route for a wide open eight-yard touchdown as there were no defenders within 20 feet of him extending their lead to 47-0 with over seven minutes left in the third quarter.

“It is hard for me to choose between defense and offense, but I would say defense because I like to hit people and intercept the ball,” said Jahmarri.

He added, “This was a big game for us considering it helps us with our regional standings, but I treat it like every other game, we can’t let off of the gas.”

Tunstall struggled all night to stop the rushing game but could not do so as Ferrell added another rushing touchdown for the Comets with 10:40 left making the score 55-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

The Comets ended their season with a regular season record of 7-2 and will compete in the regional game Friday with hopes to advance in region play.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.