Galax scored twice in the first three minutes and was never threatened in rolling to a 48-14 victory over Carroll County in the annual benefit game between the nearby rivals.
“Our biggest problem was we weren’t getting guys lined up right,” said Cavaliers’ head coach Eddie Sloss. “We had some injuries late in the week and were relying a lot on tenth graders. We’re asking our young kids to grow up fast.”
There was a bright spot to that predicament, however.
“We’ve got to find some depth and this game gave a lot of kids an opportunity to play. We’ve been preaching all week that we have to get better as a team,” Sloss added.
In addition, Sloss said you couldn’t underestimate how good a team Galax is.
“Coach (Mark) Dixon is a great coach and I’m really impressed with his team. Some of his kids, at least six or seven, would start for any River Ridge District team,” said Sloss.
Despite the lopsided loss, Sloss he was pleased with the way his team competed throughout the contest.
“We had a lot of kids play hard,” he said. “I believe we’ll be okay. Offensively, I think we’ll be fine and defensively we’ve just got to do a better job of coaching them up.”
Carroll’s first scoring drive came late in the second quarter when the Cavaliers covered 64 yards in eight plays. James Dalton had an 11-yard pickup and Chase Goins a 28-yard scamper in the drive, which ended with Chase Robinson lofting a perfectly thrown pass to Jared Haga for the 26-yard score.
Carroll scored again late in the fourth quarter although not how they had intended. After moving 39 yards to the Galax 30, the Cavaliers’ drive stalled and they lined up for a 47-yard field goal by Goins. The snap was high and wide, but holder Chase Robinson was able to grab the ball and pitch it to Goins, who then worked some magic, breaking at least three tackles and weaving his way 37 yards to the end zone.
Goins finished the game with 74 yards on three carries, caught two passes for 14 yards, kicked two extra points and made a touchdown-saving tackle in the final minute of the first half.
The Galax duo of Charles Harris and Joseph Dixon turned in impressive games. Harris ran the ball 10 times for 208 yards and a touchdown, while Dixon picked up 102 yards on 12 carries and scored twice. Harris scored a second touchdown by returning a Carroll fumble 29 yards for a score.
Carroll County will host Floyd County in its season opener Friday night at 7 p.m.
Galax 28 6 7 7 - 48
Carroll 0 7 0 7 - 14
G – Dixon 12 yd. run (Reyna kick)
G – Harris 29 yd. fumble recovery (Reyna kick)
G – Harris 76 yd. run (Reyna kick)
G – Spurlin 66 yd. pass from Orton (Reyna kick)
G – Reyna 23-yd. field goal
CC – Haga 26 yd. pass from Robinson (Goins kick)
G – Reyna 35-yd. field goal
G – Dixon 1 yd. run (Reyna kick)
G – Boyles 7 yd. (Reyna kick)
CC – Goins 37 yd. run (Goins kick)
First Downs 12 7
Rushes-Yds. 35-421 24-152
Passing 2-3-0 6-17-0
Passing Yds. 137 60
Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-1
Penalties-Yds. 11-75 3-15
Rushing – Harris 10-208, Dixon 12-102, Boyles 11-90, Orton 2-21
Passing – Orton 2-3-0 137
Receiving – Dixon 1-71, Spurling 1-66
Rushing – Goins 3-74, Puckett 2-28, Dalton 4-19, Giles 3-14, Stiltner 9-10, Quesenberry 2-9, Davidson 1-(-2)
Passing – Giles 5-10-0 34, Robinson 1-7-0 26
Receiving – Goins 2-14, Davis 2-11, Haga 1-26, Carico 1-9