Tide grounds out 38-25 win

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Galax relied on a combined 330 yards on the ground from the Peoples brothers in its season opener.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Galax played its first game under its new lights Friday. Had they been playing under a few dozen handheld flashlights it still would have been perfectly clear – the kids Galax has running the ball are going to be better most of the time than the guys trying to tackle them.

Donte Peoples carried 22 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns while Steven Peoples added 119 yards and a TD on 13 attempts as Galax overcame a sloppy performance to hold of Glenvar 38-25 in a nondistrict game. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Maroon Tide’s 1-2 punch also combined for 155 yards on six kick returns, including a 68-yard score by Donte Peoples.

“We have some dynamic runningbacks. We have the ability to do that,” Galax coach Mark Dixon said. “But we didn’t throw the ball well. Sometimes the protection would break down, sometimes we’d rush things, we’ve just got to have a better week of practice. I can deal with losing but I can’t deal with penalties and turnovers and missed assignments. That’s my job to prevent that.”

Giving up nearly 400 yards of offense, the Maroon Tide had to rally from an early touchdown deficit and needed two quick scores in the third quarter to break away from a tight ballgame.

Leading 21-17, Galax drove to the Glenvar 23 to open the second half before losing a fumble at the 25. The Tide defense came up with back-to-back three-and-outs, and Galax began to take control shortly thereafter, driving 59 yards in four plays. A 30-yard Donte Peoples carry on a draw play moved the Tide to the Highlander 23, and he backed that up with a 20-yard run to the 3. Steven Peoples carried over from there and Eli Brady booted the PAT for a 28-17 lead at the seven-minute mark of the third.

Following a second straight three-and-out, Donte Peoples returned a punt 15 yards to the Glenvar 35. Steven Peoples picked up five yards and Donte took the next handoff and raced untouched 30 yards for the score and a 35-17 lead.

Glenvar climbed back to within 10 points when Levi Mullins hit Markel Jones for a 35-yard gain to the Galax 23, then found Shaquile Bonds in the end zone six plays later. Mullins carried for the two-point conversion to get the Highlanders within two possessions, but they wouldn’t threaten again.

Brady capped the scoring midway through the fourth quarter with a 39-yard field goal. He was also perfect on his five extra points attempts.

Galax scored three plays into its first possession of the season, on three 16-yard carries. Donte Peoples picked up 16 yards to the 32, Steven Peoples ran to the 16 and Donte went off right tackle for the game’s first score, 6:02 into the ballgame.

All but abandoning the ground game after its first series, Glenvar went to the air and scored consecutive TDs to take the lead. Bonds outjumped a Galax defender for a high Mullins pass at the Tide 40 and broke a tackle at the 20, sprinting the rest of the way to complete the 62-yard scoring play, and Corey Thompson’s PAT knotted the score at 7-7 with 4:53 left in the first period.

Mullins found Jones on an out pattern for a 2-yard score early in the second quarter for a 14-7 Glenvar lead.

“I’m just frustrated,” Dixon said. “We’re not disciplined, and it shows up in every area of what we’re doing. We turn the ball over, we have penalties everywhere, people aren’t going in on the packages they’re supposed to be in. We’re young. When we know what we’re doing we’re okay but we just don’t have any attention to detail, and that’s killing us.”

Mullins would hit 15-of-28 passes in the first half for 183 yards.

“We’ll run into teams that can just blow us out,” he continued. “At this rate they’ll score every time. We’ll never get them off the field. We either start to buy into what we’re teaching and be disciplined all the way around or it’s going to be a long haul this year.”

Galax wasted no time catching and then passing the Highlanders before the half. A 54-yard Steven Peoples carry to the 10 set up a 5-yard Donte Peoples TD run two plays later. After a Glenvar three-and-out, Donte Peoples returned a punt 68 yards up the right sideline for the go-ahead score as Galax jumped in front 21-14 with 6:33 left in the half.

Glenvar managed a 37-yard Thompson field goal just before the half but would get no closer the rest of the night.

Galax finished with 308 rushing yards while Chris Poole was 5-of-8 for 104 yards. Tight end Caleb Spurlin had three catches for 42 yards.

Mullins hit 21-of-39 with one interception and three touchdowns, throwing for 283 yards. Jones caught four balls for 112 yards and Bonds had six grabs for 115 yards. Galax held the Highlanders to 106 yards on the ground.


Glenvar......7  10    8  0––25

Galax.........7  14  14  3––38


First quarter

Gx–D.Peoples 16 run (Brady kick) 5:58

Gl–Bonds 62 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick) 4:53

Second quarter

Gl–Jones 13 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick) 10:08

Gx–D.Peoples 5 run (Brady kick) 8:11

Gx–D.Peoples 68 punt return (Brady kick) 6:33

Gl–Thompson 37 field goal, :01

Third quarter

Gx–S.Peoples 3 run (Brady kick) 7:00

Gx–D.Peoples 30 run (Brady kick) 4:36

Gl–Bonds 2 pass from Mullins (Mullins run) 0:22

Fourth quarter

Gx–Brady 39 FG, 5:23



First downs                  19  15

Rushes-yards        31-106  42-308

Yards passing             283  104

Comp-Att-Int      21-39-1  5-8-0

Return yards              67  155

Punts-average      6-23-2  2-25.5

Fumbles-lost             0-0  2-2

Penalties-yards       3-25  6-61



RUSHING—Glenvar, Smith 8-37, Cole 12-30, Muse 4-23, Jones 2-11, Bonds 1-3, Mullins 4-2. Galax, D.Peoples 22-211, S.Peoples 13-119, Dixon 1-(-2), Poole 6-(-20).

PASSING–Glenvar, Mullins 21-39-1-283. Galax, Poole 5-8-0-104.

RECEIVING–Glenvar, Bonds 6-115, Jones 9-112, Martin 3-36, Muse 2-17, Cole 1-3. Galax, Spurlin 3-42, Gable 1-43, D.Peoples 1-19.