Dougie Peoples rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns Friday as Galax ran roughshod over Carroll County 53-0 in a non-district rivalry clash at Galax.
The Maroon Tide rushed for 407 yards and held Carroll to 29 yards rushing as Galax (2-1) controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening whistle. Keaton Beeman ran for 83 yards and three more touchdowns as the Tide rolled to a dominating 47-0 lead at the half.
“They are just stronger, more physical. I have never seen a more physical team between these two teams right here and they have had some good teams,” Carroll County head coach Eddie Sloss said. “They just steamrolled us man. We had nothing for them. Just a lot of athletes, but you have to have the blocking and those guys are just strong and physical. They manhandled us, steamrolled us.”
Sparked by a 51-yard Peoples run, Galax scored three plays later on a 1-yard Peoples touchdown. The extra point but the Maroon Tide in front 7-0 with 7:50 left in the opening quarter. Carroll County (1-2) punted on the ensuing possession and Joshua Spurlin returned the kick 59 yards, setting up Galax 16 yards away from another score. Peoples needed two carries to get into the end zone again for a 13-0 lead.
After a Carroll three-and-out, Blake Brown ripped off runs of 13 and 28 yards before Peoples blew through the line untouched for a 34-yard touchdown and a 19-0 advantage.
The Cavaliers put together their best drive of the game on the next possession with quarterback Jacob Motley completing a 25-yard pass to Logan Trudell and a pair of 9-yard throws to Cassell McMillian. Carroll got inside the Galax 10 but turned it over on a fumble at the 2. On the very next play, Peoples broke loose on a sweep to the left side, taking it to the house for a 98-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Galax QB Cole Pickett tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Dickson, and Beeman scored on rushing touchdowns of 5 and 1 yards. Beeman added another 1-yard TD run in the fourth to complete the scoring.
Motley threw for 115 yards, including four passes for 51 yards to Cassell McMillian, but the Cavaliers never were able to consistently get anything going. Part of that was because a modified offense with several starters out due to injuries.
“We were in the I (formation). We ran out of running backs and there is only so much you can do when you are trying to run a 3-back set in the wishbone and you kind of have to go to a broken bone or to an I-formation,” Sloss said. “We tried to keep things as simple as related to the wishbone as possible this week. It’s just trying to get through the injury bug right now. It didn’t make a difference tonight though. I think we are very similar, Galax and us, as far as numbers and kids playing both ways. I think the difference is they are just at a high level of performance right now, stronger, more physical and just get after it man. We are just not there yet.”
Carroll County will return home this week to face Pulaski County in Hillsville for another non-district contest at 7 p.m.
Carroll 0 0 0 0 – 0
Galax 19 28 6 0 – 53
G – Peoples 1 run (Vaught kick)
G – Peoples 5 run (kick failed)
G – Peoples 34 run (kick failed)
G – Peoples 98 run (Vaught kick)
G – Dickson 55 pass from Pickett (Lopez kick)
G – Beeman 5 run (Lopez kick)
G – Beeman 1 run (Lopez kick)
G – Beeman 1 run (kick failed)
RUSHING – Motley 7-25, Trudell 12-13, Horton 5-5, McMillian 2-3, Team 2-minus 17.
PASSING – Motley 6-12-0 115 yds.
RECEIVING – McMillian 4-51, Burcham 1-40, Trudell 1-24.
RUSHING – Peoples 8-212, Beeman 13-83, B. Brown 5-61, Bryson 8-35, Pickett 2-19, Crowder 1-minus 3.
PASSING – Pickett 3-4-0 98 yds.
RECEIVING – Dickson 1-55, Peoples 1-26, Barnes 1-17.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN