Maroon Tide keeps Green Wave winless, 48-7

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Galax 8-0 for the first time ever.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

 Galax continued its best start in school history after picking up their eighth straight victory Friday night, 48-7 over Mountain Empire District rival Narrows.

Galax’s offense ran only five plays in the second half Friday night as they moved to 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in district play.

The Tide scored early and often, hanging 41 points on Narrows (0-8) in the first half.

Galax received the opening kick off and took over on its own 39 yard line with 11:58 on the clock.

In typical Tide fashion, Galax pounded the ball on the ground five straight times en route to a 61-yard scoring drive that took only 1:36 off the clock.

Speedy junior Donte Peoples capped off the drive on his first carry of the night when he scooted around the right side of the line and went untouched 37 yards for the Tide’s first six points of the night.

After a short return, the Green Wave took over on its own 20-yard line with 10:19 left in the first quarter.

A quick three-and-out and Narrows was forced to punt the ball away.

Galax’s Deion George watched as the ball sailed over his head, but he quickly recovered and picked up the loose ball. George found a gaping hole in the Narrows punt coverage and quickly went 65 yards for another Maroon Tide touchdown. The point after failed and the Tide led 13-0 with 8:33 left in the first half.

Another drive for Narrows netted only three yards and again Tyler Evans booted the ball away.

This time it was Tide senior Jacob Fisher who took the punt on his own 37-yard-line. Fisher—led by a swarm of Tide blockers—weaved his way throughout the Green Wave defense and went the distance for another Galax touchdown.

The extra point stretched the lead to 20-0 with the Maroon Tide’s offense having only been on the field for one drive.

On the ensuing possession, Narrows got into a rhythm and managed to move deep into Tide territory. Quarterback Joe Hall hit receivers left and right and 11 plays later the Green Wave faced a third-and-17 from the Galax 30-yard-line.

Hall found Gavin Givens behind a Tide defender and the connection led to Narrows’ first—and only—touchdown of the night.

The extra point cut the lead to 20-7 with 1:25 left in the first quarter.

Galax wasn’t done scoring in the first 12 minutes, however, taking over on the Narrows 20-yard line following a 60-yard return by D. Peoples.

On the first play from scrimmage, Donte’s younger brother Steven Peoples followed in his brother’s footsteps—scoring on his first touch of the night. Peoples found a lane and went untouched 20 yards for another Maroon Tide touchdown. The extra point stretched the lead back to 20 with 55 ticks left in the first quarter.

Narrows struggled to move the ball on the next possession and was forced to punt it away with just over seven minutes left in the half.

George shined again on the punt return, picking up 35 yards and putting the Tide deep in the Green Wave territory yet again.

This time it was senior Jordan Vaughan who took the handoff and scampered 20 yards untouched off the left side of the line for a 20-yard touchdown. The extra point stretched the lead to 34-7 with 6:44 left in the half.

Another Narrows drive and another three-and-out meant the Tide would get another shot at putting more points on the board before the half ended.

Taking over on its own 36, Galax needed just eight plays to go the distance. The score this time came through the air as back-up quarterback Erik Carranza found George on a short route over the middle of the field.

George broke a tackle and pulled away from the Green Wave defenders en route to a 28-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Galax led 41-7.

The second half moved quickly with the continuous clock, and Galax’s offense never took a snap during the third quarter.

Narrows moved deep into Tide territory on the opening possession. At one point the Green Wave had a first-and-10 on the Tide 11-yard line before a holding penalty followed by a false start penalty moved the ball back to the Tide 30.

The Green Wave was unable to overcome the loss in yardage and ended up turning the ball over in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

Galax took over on its own 28-yard line to start the fourth quarter and again they needed just one play to put six points on the board.

Steven People took the handoff and quickly got to the outside of the Maroon Tide line and turned on the jets for a 78 yard touchdown to extend the lead to 48-7.

Narrows managed to eat up most of the time remaining in the fourth quarter on its next possession, before eventually turning it over on downs with just over three minutes left in the game.

Galax ran the ball three times before downing it on fourth down to run the clock out.

With the win, Galax surpassed the 1973 team’s claim as the best start in school history. That team went 7-0 before falling to Pulaski County in Week 8.

Steven Peoples led the way for Galax with 92 yards rushing on only three carries. Vaughan finished the night with 66 yards on five carries and Donte Peoples had 45 yards on two carries.

Galax heads to Bland County next week and will cap the regular season with a trip 15 miles west to Grayson County on Nov. 4.



Narrows..........7    0  0  0––  7

Galax............27  14  0  7––47


First quarter

G–D.Peoples 37 run (Brady kick) 10:22

G–George 65 punt return (kick failed) 8:33

G–Fisher 63 punt return (Brady kick) 6:40

N–Givens 30 pass from Hall (Brown kick) 1:25

G–S.Peoples 20 run (Brady kick) 0:55

Second quarter

G–Vaughan 20 run (Brady kick) 6:44

G–George 28 pass from Carranza (Brady kick) 1:19

Fourth quarter

G–S.Peoples 72 run (Brady kick) 11:35



                                     N    G

First downs                   12    14

Rushes-yards          36-58    15-220

Yards passing                81    36

Comp-Att-Int            8-7-1    2-4-0

Return yards                 84    266

Punts-average         4-43.0    0-0

Fumbles-lost                4-0    1-0

Penalties-yards           5-30    4-20




RUSHING—Narrows, Robertson 13-29, Butler 9-26, Parcell 10-24, Bryson 1-(-4), Hall 3-(-17). Galax, S.Peoples 3-92, Vaughan 5-66, D.Peoples 2-45, J.Dixon 4-13, Fisher 1-4.

PASSING–Narrows, Hall 8-17-1-81. Galax, Carranza 1-2-0-28, Pack 1-2-0-8.

RECEIVING–Narrows, Robertson 2-36, Givens 1-30, Brown 1-11, Butler 4-4. Galax, George 2-36.