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Wet and soggy conditions couldn't slow down the rushing attack of the Patrick County Cougars as they rumbled over Galax for a 32-6 nondistrict win Friday night.
The Cougars (4-1) managed 346 yards on 51 carries, including 180 yards from standout senior running back John Harris.
Harris, who played only a few snaps into the second half, is expected to be playing on Saturdays this time next fall and rolled over the Tide (1-4) on almost every carry.
Harris touched the ball 23 times in the first half and scored the first three touchdowns to go along with his 159 yards in the first 24 minutes.
On their opening possession, the Cougars managed only one play before quarterback Jacob Reynolds fumbled the ball on the Patrick 28-yard line, turning the ball over to Galax.
The Tide moved the ball to the Cougar 15-yard line before a holding penalty pushed them back to the 24.
Two plays later, quarterback Tyler Houk was sacked for a loss of 15 yards, putting the Tide in a 4th and a mile.
Houk punted the ball away to the Cougars, who took over on their own 21. Harris carried the ball 10 times on the ensuing 16-play scoring drive, pounding his way in for his first score from 2 yards out with 11:13 remaining in the half.
The extra point was missed and the Cougars led 6-0.
Galax managed only one play before turning the ball over to the Cougars deep in its own territory.
This time Patrick took over on the Galax 35-yard line and needed only 10 plays to punch the ball into the end zone.
The Cougars converted two times on 4th-and-4 before Harris crossed the line from 2 yards out again, putting Patrick up 12-0 with 5:40 remaining in the half. After a failed two-point conversion the score remained 12-0.
Galax again found no rhythm in its offense after starting on its own 28-yard line.
The Tide managed one first down and 18 yards before being forced to punt.
The Cougars took over with less than four minutes remaining in the half on their own 35-yard line.
Harris again led the way, carrying the ball three times for 44 yards, including a 12-yard scamper into the end zone with 40 ticks left on the clock.
After failing on a two-point conversion again, the Cougars led Galax 18-0.
Patrick County would take the 18-point lead into the half.
The third quarter again belonged to the Cougars, who opted to rest Harris after just five carries.
After scoring drives of 59 and 70 yards, Patrick County took a 32-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
Galax didn't give up and managed a scoring drive late in the game. After taking over on its own 33-yard line, the Tide rumbled 67 yards in 10 plays, including a 38-yard pass from Houk to Patrick Anderson with 10:13 remaining in the game.
The loss was Galax's fourth straight after starting the season 1-0. The good news for the Tide is that the district play has yet to begin.
While Galax had a tough time tackling Harris on Friday night, Maroon Tide coach Jared Van Acker was impressed with what he saw.
"He is a great running back," Van Acker said after the game. "I hope he definitely goes somewhere. When we're going against him he's my enemy, but once it's done I'm going to be rooting for him."
Galax will take a week off before jumping into Mountain Empire District play against Grayson on Oct. 10.
"I just told our kids technically we are starting our second season," Van Acker said. "Right now we are zero and zero. Obviously if we win our district we are automatically in the playoffs. We are not going to lay down and we are looking forward to the weeks coming up. Now it's time to go take care of our district."
Patrick Co. 32, Galax 6
Patrick County 0 18 14 0--32
Galax 0 0 0 6--6
PC-Harris 2 run (kick failed) 11:13
PC-Harris 2 run (pass failed) 5:40
PC-Harris 12 run (run failed) 0:40
PC-Adkins 1 run (Reynolds kick) 5:24
PC-Walker 40 run (Reynolds kick) 0:47
Gal-Anderson 38 pass from Houk (run failed) 10:13
First downs 18 5
Rushes-yards 51-347 20-(-2)
Yards passing 5 86
Comp-Att-Int 1-1-0 7-14-0
Return yards 31 40
Punts-average 0-0 4-23.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 6-1
Penalties-yards 7-50 2-15
RUSHING-Patrick County, Harris 28-180, Walker 8-81, Reynolds 9-30, Adkins 6-21, Hamm 3-12, Watson 4-11, Barrow 3-6, Dunlap 1-6. Galax, Martin 2-29, Mazon 2-0, Vaughan 1-(-7), Houk 8 (-24).
PASSING-Patrick County, Dunlap 1-1-0-5. Galax, Houk 7-14-0-86.
RECEIVING-Patrick County, Kroplin 1-5. Galax, Anderson 3-50, Mazon 1-15, Vaughan 2-16, Brown 1-5.