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Maroon Tide finishes strong

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Galax broke open a 14-7 game with 21 second-half points, running past the Green Wave 35-6.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

 GALAX -- The weather may have been clear, but there was a storm brewing in Galax Friday night as the Maroon Tide ended the 2009 season with a bang.

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Galax (3-7 overall, 2-2 MED) held Narrows (3-7, 1-3) to a total net of six yards in the second half en route to a dominating 35-6 win on its home field Friday night. Things started bad for the Green Wave on its first possession, after quarterback Brock Lusk was picked off on a desperation third-down throw. Galax’s Deion George was the only man within five yards of the ball, and after pulling the ball in he headed towards the end zone. George managed to reach the corner and stretched for the pylon, but was called out at the Narrows 1-yard-line. The Tide needed just one play, a handoff to sophomore Jordan Vaughan, to put the first six points on the board. The extra point stretched the lead to 7-0 with 9:00 remaining in the first quarter, a lead the Tide would not relinquish. Narrows appeared to be ready to put up a fight after a Galax fumble handed them the ball on the Tide 41-yard line. The Green Wave needed just seven plays – including a crucial offsides penalty by Galax on a fourth-and-4 that gave Narrows a first down – and 3:43 to go the distance. Runningback Tyler Conley capped the drive with a punishing 13-yard run over a couple of Tide defenders, and the Green Wave trailed by only one point after a blocked point after. The teams traded possessions before the Maroon Tide took over on its own 25-yard-line with 8:43 left in the half. Vaughan, who finished the night with 197 yards on 26 carries, kicked the drive off with a 2-yard run, opening up the passing game. On the next play, Maroon Tide quarterback Terrance Mazon found George wide open for a quick 47 yards, moving the ball to the Narrows 26-yard line. Runs by Vaughan and Mazon moved the ball to the Green Wave 2, and on the ensuing play, Mazon rolled to his left and appeared to be headed towards the end zone. The defense bit on the fake run, leaving Xavier Rodriguez wide open beyond the goal line. Mazon tossed the ball a short distance and the Tide stretched its lead to 14-6 after a successful point after. Galax took the eight-point lead into the half and needed most of the third quarter before its offense got rolling again. With 2:58 remaining in the third quarter, the Maroon Tide took over on the Narrows 21-yard line after Galax’s Devae Goins was left unblocked and drilled an unsuspecting Lusk from behind. The hit was enough to knock the ball loose, and Galax took over with a short field. Six plays later, Mazon scrambled to his right and found a wide-open George in the corner of the end zone for his second TD pass of the game. The successful point after stretched the lead to 21-6 with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The final 12 minutes was much like the first 36, as the Tide dominated on both sides of the ball. After forcing yet another fumble, Galax took over on its own 47-yard line with 11:14 remaining in the game. Vaughan pounded the ball up the middle three straight times, and finished the drive off with a 46-yard touchdown run in which he broke three tackles before turning on the jets and out running the entire Green Wave secondary for his second touchdown of the night. The successful point after stretched the Tide’s lead to 28-6 with 9:40 left, but the scoring didn’t stop there. On the ensuing Narrows drive, George managed his second interception of the night, setting the Tide up with another short field. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moved the ball back into Galax territory, and the Tide took over on its own 44-yard line. Vaughan again went to work, picking up 14 yards on two carries before sophomore Omar Ramirez took the field. Ramirez rumbled his way to a 13-yard gain, and moved the ball to the Green Wave 29-yard line. Three straight runs yielded the Tide 9 1/2 yards, and Galax coach Jared Van Acker decided to go for it on fourth-and-inches. Mazon took the snap and headed straight for the linemen on the quarterback sneak and appeared to be stopped just past the first-down line. Like every good runner is taught to do, Mazon kept his feet moving and broke through the line and headed for the end zone. The 19-yard touchdown and successful point after stretched the lead to 29 points with 5:19 remaining in the game. Galax dominated the board in every fashion, outgaining Narrows 366 to 81 in total yardage and 15 to six on first downs. The Maroon Tide defense showed up ready to play and completely shut down the Narrows offense in the second half, allowing just one first down and a total net of six yards.    Narrows       6  0  0    0––  6 Galax          7  7  7  14––35

First quarter Gal–Vaughan 1 run (Ramirez kick) 9:00 Nar–Conley 13 run (kick failed) 3:34 Second quarter Gal–Rodriguez 3 pass from Mazon (Ramirez kick) 6:22 Third quarter Gal–George 15 pass from Mazon (Ramirez kick) 0:42 Fourth quarter Gal–Vaughan 46 run (Ramirez kick) 9:40 Gal–Mazon 19 run (Ramirez kick) 5:19

                                    Nar  Gal First downs                6  15 Rushes-yards         30-8  30-258 Yards passing           73  108 Comp-Att-Int     6-19-2  10-16-0 Return yards            96  24 Punts-average     5-27.0  2-28.0 Fumbles-lost           4-3  3-3 Penalties-yards      5-35  8-72

Individual statistics Rushing–Narrows, Conley 15-22, Dunford 8-19, Robertson 2-0, Craft 1-(-1), Lusk 4-(-32). Galax, Vaughan 26-197, Peoples 1-24, Mazon 6-18, Ramirez 4-12, Shalabi 2-5, Bilbrey 1-2. Passing–Narrows, Lusk 6-16-2-73, Blankenship 0-2-0-0, Craft 0-1-0-0. Galax, Mazon 10-16-0-108. Receiving–Narrows, Perdue 1-33, Dunford 3-23, Ferguson 1-15, Hart 1-2. Galax, George 5-94, Rodriguez 3-12, Vaughan 2-2.