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High School

  • Maroon Tide hosts Bland County

      It seems pretty simple on the outside. Plug a kid into the runningback spot and presto, instant 100-yard rusher.

    Jordan Vaughan made a habit of topping 100 yards until being felled by a foot injury in Galax’s fifth game of the season. Enter Jacob Fisher, who had no carries before he rushed for 159 yards against Grayson County in his first outing as Vaughan’s replacement.

    Fisher injured a hand Friday at Covington, giving way to freshman Steven Peoples, who responded with 109 yards in his first true backfield action of the year.

  • Devils take slim hopes on road

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County is not in the driver’s seat. The Blue Devils are not even riding shotgun. But they’re still there, somewhere in the back seat, maybe even the trunk. But they’re still there.

    With two weeks left in the regular season, a lot of things need to happen for Grayson County to salvage a playoff spot. A great deal of those things are out of the Devils’ control. But not all of them.

  • Cavs seek end to Blues' streak

     HILLSVILLE –– The conversation about Richlands each October almost never varies.

    The topics shift one to the next with familiarity, from the impressive size of the line to the speed and ability of the skill guys, from the storied history of the program to the big-time recruits playing there.

    The only thing that changes year-to-year is the names, and even that isn’t changing this time around.

  • Devils get back on track

    INDEPENDENCE –– Regardless of who is standing on the other sideline, ending a month-long skid is reason to feel good.

    Grayson County, which saw a three-game season-opening winning streak dampened by a four-game slide, had its way with the Bland County defense Friday and got back on the winning track, celebrating homecoming with a 48-7 Mountain Empire District win at Bill Strong Field.

  • Galax goes airborne for 34-6 win over Covington

     COVINGTON –– Austin Pack and Terrance Mazon combined for 224 passing yards and Steven Peoples topped 100 yards rushing in his first action in the backfield as Galax rolled over Covington 34-6 in a nondistrict game Friday at Casey Field.

    Pack started for the Maroon Tide and completed 6-of-7 passes for 99 yards, including an 11-yard toss to Deion George for the game’s first score.

  • Grayson begins final push

     INDEPENDENCE –– It’s a screwy kind of year in Region C.

    To wit: Grayson County’s 3-0 start to the season was wrecked by a sound 27-7 defeat at the hands of Glenvar, which itself saw a 4-0 start ruined a week later by winless Rural Retreat, a team that was clobbered 55-20 two weeks prior by Grayson County, the same Grayson County that lost a close one to Galax, who lost a close one to Fort Chiswell, who was hammered pretty hard, 35-7, by Chilhowie, a team that lost by four touchdowns to Grayson County.

  • Key D1 matchup for Galax

     Galax’s first trip to Covington in 25 years will give a new generation of Maroon Tide football players a first-hand look at Casey Field, a dual-purpose stadium that in addition to the Cougar football field, houses one of the nicer baseball diamonds in Region C.

    In keeping with that theme, the Maroon Tide will try to cover all the bases and take away the home run hitter.

  • Carroll County blanks Scarlet Hurricane 39-0

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County didn’t allow an offensive touchdown for the third time in the last four games and the Cavaliers exploded for 25 second-half points, rolling over Marion for a 39-0 homecoming win in a Southwest District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Carroll County (5-2 overall, 3-0 district) held the Scarlet Hurricane (3-4, 1-3) to 42 yards of total offense, including one yard on 14 first-half plays. 

  • Galax to battle for top spot

     This one may not be for all the marbles, but the winner will certainly have a couple jars full more than anybody else around.

  • Cavaliers, Hurricanes used to tight finishes

     HILLSVILLE –– For a series that has been decidedly one-sided in recent years, Carroll County vs. Marion is about as competitive as they come.

    In what has become a series of nailbiters that seem to always end up the same, Carroll County will host Marion in a Southwest District game tonight at Tommy Thompson Field for the Cavaliers’ homecoming night.