Peoples garners more honors

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The Galax runner was named a 13-state player of the year and was presented a memento by boosters.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Galax runningback Steven Peoples continued to reap rewards from near and far following his record-breaking senior season, including a pair of honors just recently.

Peoples and Maroon Tide linebacker Joseph Dixon were both named to the inaugural all-HSGC awards list, Dixon as a first-team all-Northeast defensive player and Peoples as the Northeast player of the year.

The list is comprised of players from schools that utilize the HSGameCenter stat program by Digital Scout. From there, grading criteria included yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and defensive statistics.

Dixon, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior, was one of just eight players named to the first-team defense. Dixon, who also rushed for 1,013 yards, finished the season with 71 total tackles including 40 solo hits, 18 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.

Peoples was named the player of the year in a region consisting of schools from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Peoples, a 5-11, 200-pound senior runningback, concluded his senior year with 3,598 total yards and 44 touchdowns. Peoples gained 3,078 yards on 244 rushing attempts, a 12.6-yards per carry average, and set a new VHSL state single-game rushing record by running for 502 yards on 22 carries against Graham.

At halftime of the girls’ game in last week’s Grayson County-Galax quad, Peoples was presented with the mother of all shadowboxes, a display designed and constructed by GHS vocational teacher Aaron Horton. The display, presented by the GHS Athletic Boosters, included Peoples’ jersey and helmet, a commemorative ball from the Graham game, the WSLS Channel 10 offensive player of the year award and several game photos.