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Maroon Tide throttles Wave

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Galax zoomed to a 42-0 halftime lead and won its second straight game, 55-7 over Narrows.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

If you’ve never seen a player dribble a football down the field en route to a touchdown, you weren’t in the crowd Friday night as Galax throttled Narrows 55-7.

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The Maroon Tide’s standout senior runningback, Steven Peoples, continued to rack up the yards and touchdowns, less than a week removed from setting a new Virginia High School League single game rushing mark, and provided a play worthy of the SportsCenter Top10.

Galax (4-4, 2-1 MED) moved the ball at will Friday night, scoring on their first two possessions.

After stopping the Green Wave (3-5, 1-2) on the opening possession, Peoples returned the punt 68 yards for a touchdown. The score was called back on an illegal block in the back on Galax, but Peoples instead added the yardage to his running stats, taking the Tide’s first play of the game 78 yards for six points.

Peoples found a lane off the left side of the Tide line and was off to a place he’s visited frequently this year – the end zone.

After holding Narrows again on its next possession, the Tide muffed the punt and the Green Wave took over deep in Galax territory. Narrows’ offense was overpowered again, however, by Galax’s defense and turned the ball over on downs at the Galax 36-yard line after failing to convert on a 4th-and-20.

Three plays later Peoples broke free up the middle of the field untouched for a 68 yard touchdown – his second of the night. Following the extra point, Galax led 14-0 late in the first quarter.

The teams traded possessions back and forth before Narrows took over on the Galax 40 line following a failed 4th-down conversion by the Maroon Tide.

Dropping back on a third-and-8, Narrows’ quarterback Joseph Hall was being pursued by three Galax defenders. Hall managed to get the ball off without being sacked, but threw it right into the hands of Galax’s Jayson Carr. Surprised by the ball nearly hitting him in the face, Carr almost dropped the interception before gaining control of the ball and heading the other direction.

Sixty yards later, Carr crossed the goal line and Galax led 21-0 following the extra point.

Another failed fourth-down conversion turned the ball back over to the Galax offense and Peoples had one of his most exciting plays of his phenomenal career to date.

Peoples took the ball from his own 40 and weaved in and out of Green Wave defenders. As he crossed the Narrows’ 25-yard line, the ball popped out and hit the turf. Not missing a step in his stride, the ball bounced right back up into Peoples’ hands and he continued on his way for what would be scored as a 25-yard rushing score.

The play looked as though Peoples was dribbling the ball and the senior had his third touchdown of the evening mid-way through the second quarter.

Galax’s defense again flexed its muscles and the Green Wave was forced to punt the ball away late in the second quarter.

This time it was junior Joseph Dixon’s turn to shine.

Starting from its own 41-yard line, Dixon needed just one play to extend the Tide’s lead, hitting the hole hard and breaking free for a 59-yard score of his own for a 35-0 lead.

After forcing Narrows to punt yet again, Galax took over on their own 37. Five plays later, Peoples went untouched off the right side of the Galax line for a 15-yard touchdown and the Maroon Tide led 42-0 with 33 seconds left in the half.

Due to VHSL rules, the continuous clock rule went into effect for the second half.

Galax chose to kick the ball away to open the second half – even though Narrows had received the opening kickoff – and shut down the Green Wave yet again. The Tide took over on their own 39 and pounded the ball 11 straight times to run out the clock.

Dixon carried the ball all 11 plays on the drive, capping it with a 7-yard touchdown to extend Galax’s lead to 49-0.

Narrows managed to get on the board on the next drive after a 42-yard kick return gave them the ball at the Galax 46 and a pass interference call moved the ball up to the 27.

Martin took a pitch to his right, headed towards the sideline and beat the Tide defenders to the pylon for the only touchdown of the night for the struggling Green Wave offense.

The excitement was short lived, however, after Dixon took the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for his third touchdown of the night and the final points on the board.

Peoples led the way for the Galax offense with 225 yards on 9 carries and three touchdowns.Dixon scored three times and managed 119 yards on 13 carries.

Galax scored 54 or more points for the second straight week and the third time this season.

The Tide held Narrows’ offense to a total of 57 yards in the first half and the Green Wave managed only, 112 on the night.

 

Galax 55, Narrows 7

 

Narrows........0    0  0    7––  7

Galax..........14  28  0  13––55

 

First quarter

G–Peoples 78 run (Reyna kick) 9:01

G–Peoples 58 run (Reyna kick) 3:42

Second quarter

G–Carr 60 interception return (Carranza kick) 9:42

G–Peoples 25 run Carranza kick) 4:40

G–Dixon 59 run (Carranza kick) 2:49

G–Peoples 15 run (Carranza kick) 0:33

Fourth quarter

G–Dixon 7 run (Carranza kick) 10:20

N–Martin 27 run (Martin kick) 5:08

G–Dixon 82 kickoff return (kick failed) 2:19

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                                       N    G

First downs                    10    12

Rushes-yards          38-100    24-343

Yards passing                  16    39

Comp-Att-Int            3-12-1    1-2-0

Return yards                  196    82

Punts-average           4-29.0    0-0

Fumbles-lost                  1-0    4-2

Penalties-yards              1-5    5-60

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Narrows, Snidow 14-47, Martin 8-44, Stowers 5-14, Perdue 1-(-5), Hall 7-(-8). Galax, Peoples 9-225, Dixon 13-119, Orton 2-(-1).

PASSING–Narrows, Hall 3-12-1-16. Galax, Orton 1-2-0-39.

RECEIVING–Narrows, Perdue 3-16. Galax, D.Brown 1-39.