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Today's Sports

  • Tide meets streaking Burton

    A young team from the coalfields, representing a proud program, hit hard by graduation and wearing black and orange. Galax’s second-round opponent has a lot in common with its first.

    How J.I. Burton differs, however, is that after an 0-3 start to the season, the Raiders got to the manageable part of their schedule and managed quite well. 

  • Huge half advances Tide

    Up until the final night of the regular season, it was looking as if Galax would be hosting Bland County in the first round of the playoffs. It turned out that the Maroon Tide’s postseason opponent wasn’t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Nov. 6-12

     

     

    2011

    *After weeks of growing anticipation, in a game previewed on the front page of The Roanoke Times, Grayson County and Galax met on the final night of the season for the first time ever, with 9-0 records, and the Maroon Tide came away with a 21-6 win.

    *Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points to close its season with a 48-6 win over Patrick County. Logan Hodges ran for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

     

  • Title defense begins for Galax

    There will always be those who argue that football teams with losing records do not belong in the postseason.

    As long as more than 60 percent of the teams in the state reach the playoffs, the law of averages dictates that they can’t all be 5-5 or better. But more importantly, Honaker got here by way of a Week 10 win as much as somebody else’s loss, so the Tigers deserve to keep playing just as much as anybody else.

  • Galax powers into playoffs

    Mathematically, Grayson County was still alive for a Region 2A West playoff spot entering Friday’s regular season finale at Galax. All the Blue Devils needed was a win over the Maroon Tide, a Carroll County victory over 5A Patrick Henry-Roanoke, a monumental upset by Bland County over Fort Chiswell plus a half-dozen or more other games to fall perfectly into place.

    All that math can be hard, but was rendered moot by the fact that 42 is greater than 14.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Oct. 23-29

     

     

    2011

    *A miracle play kept Grayson County’s record perfect on the year in a 41-40 win over Fort Chiswell. Having led 39-21 in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils trailed 40-39 when a Pioneer punt was blocked at the Fort 33 and shot backwards. A scramble for the ball finally ended in the Pioneer end zone and resulted in a safety. The finish set up a showdown between a pair of 9-0 teams the following week when Galax visited Grayson.

  • Quick night for Maroon Tide

    One of the best ways to keep an offense that averages 36 points per game under control is to simply keep it off of the field, and in that respect, Bland County did about as well as could be hoped. But what Galax did with the mere 8 minutes and 37 seconds that it had possession was beyond efficient.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MAX MEADOWS – October surprises normally pertain to election year politics. Grayson County nearly pulled one on the football field.

    Fort Chiswell vetoed a Blue Devil two-point conversion attempt with 1:07 remaining and survived Grayson’s upset bid, escaping with a 14-13 Mountain Empire District win Friday at a blustery C.F. McKinney Field.

  • Fort trips up Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– Having carried an 11-game losing streak into this season, Fort Chiswell is now good enough of a football team that it doesn’t need a lot of help to win ballgames. The Pioneers got some assistance anyway early on and did just fine on their own the rest of the way Saturday in stunning Galax 31-20, ending the Maroon Tide’s 15-game winning streak.

  • Late FG lifts Tide past Giles

    Galax Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon said he knew the game Friday night against Giles was going to be a war.

    The game lived up to its billing and the final outcome came with just 11 seconds to play when freshman kicker Edward Medina booted a 25-yard field goal to give the Tide a 17-15 victory over the Spartans in a nondistrict game played in Galax.