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Lions football team captures second win

The Halifax County Middle School quarterback tandem of Jacob Garrett and James Smith Jr., accounted for four touchdowns as the Lions football team came away with a hard-fought 26-14 win at Prince Edward County on Monday. Garrett rushed for two scores, Smith rushed for one score, passed to Dontay Womack for another and added a two-point conversion run for the Lions, which played its entire roster against Prince Edward, after a win by its seventh-grade team at Ben Franklin Middle School last week.

Prince Edward had the best of the field position in the first half, but the Lions’ defense held them out of the end zone until Halifax got untracked on offense.

A 70-yard drive culminated with a nine-yard touchdown run by Garrett to give the Lions a 6-0 lead, but Prince Edward promptly tied the game with an 82-yard kickoff return.

Halifax County took the lead for good after a solid drive to open the second half, with Smith scoring on a 12-yard run and adding the two-point conversion.

The Lions struck again on its ensuing possession when Smith threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Womack, culminating a 50-yard drive and giving Halifax a 20-6 lead.

Prince Edward capped a 65-yard drive with a 39-yard scoring run and added a two-point conversion to make it 20-14, before the Lions answered with another scoring run by Garrett for the final margin.

In addition to offensive standouts Smith, Garrett and Womack, the Lions’ defense had its share of standouts against Prince Edward, according to coach Frank Shealy.

Kelemente Poloa and Zack Carlson finished with eight and seven tackles, respectively, for Halifax County, while Marcus Terry had four tackles and an interception, the pick coming in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Lions.

Prince Edward controlled the ball and the clock for much of the first half before his team made adjustments, he added.

“We had a rough start to the first half, but you have to give credit to Prince Edward for their offensive attack,” said Shealy.

“They had a really solid and fast running back that was hard to tackle, and he ran hard all game.

“They also had a big line that did a really good job in the first half getting to their blocks.”