North Stafford RB Devyn Ford (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
The first round of the playoffs gives us a rare meeting between Halifax and North Stafford
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
On Thursday, the Halifax County football team travels almost 200 miles to the other side of the state to play a seldom seen opponent.
The Comets have never faced the Wolverines in the postseason. They’ve only played each other twice in the last twenty years: in 2009 and 2010 when they had a two-game regular season series. Halifax lost both of those games.
Now the 5-5 Comets head north for a challenging 7 vs. 2 match up that will take everything that Halifax can throw into it.
Because of expected storms and heavy rain, the game has been moved to Thursday night at 6:00. Most of the rest of the state has kept their schedule on Friday night, unlike the regular season when games moved often due to storms.
In a local write up for the Gazette-Virginian, Halifax County head coach Grayson Throckmorton expects North Stafford to take an approach similar to GW-Danville or Magna Vista. Those two programs spread the ball around, relying equally on the run and the pass.
Halifax beat Magna Vista in October, but finished the season with losses to Franklin County and GW-Danville. The loss to GW was a defensive battle where the Comets fell 15-6.
North Stafford has been a tough team to keep off the scoreboard.
In their two losses, Massaponax (9-1) held North Stafford to 7 points. Colonial Forge (10-0) limited the Wolverines to 14.
Running Back Devyn Ford, who is committed to Penn State, leads the offensive attack, but quarterback Jamir Boyd is more than capable of mixing up the play calling with a pass or twenty. Holt Egan and Shawn Asbury are top targets, along with Ford, who is just as much a threat to catch passes out of the backfield as he is to run the ball down the throat of opposing defenses.
In nine games this season, the Wolverines have piled up 352 points for almost 40 points a game. That’s going to be tough for Halifax to stop.
ALSO OF NOTE:
Due to the threat of heavy rain on Friday, Massaponax has moved up their first round home game. The Panthers will play their playoff game against Albemarle at 7 p.m. Thursday. Massaponax (9-1) is the #1 seed hosting #8 seeded Albemarle (4-6)
– Andy Hilton