GALAX — The Maroon Tide came away with county football rivalry bragging rights Friday night with a 42-14 win over Carroll County in the annual benefit game. Galax iced its lead with a strong first half and the Cavaliers regrouped at halftime to put a couple of touchdowns up on their side of the scoreboard.
Cavalier head coach Eddie Sloss commented following the game that his team struggled early on in the first quarter, perhaps being less conditioned than they needed to be to open the season. Sloss said he chose to go for inspiration and challenged the team in his halftime locker room speech.
He said his young team rose to the occasion, with Chase Robinson spearheading the drive to step up their efforts a notch.
“That’s exactly what we needed,” Sloss said. “He (Robinson) played like he wanted it after that point. At one time in the second (quarter) the guys looked like they were trying to find a way out. I told them we gotta finish this guys. We moved some people around at the half. The challenge did it. They responded well and I’m pleased. They’ve got character.”
Sloss said the Maroon Tide is always a “top gun” in the traditional benefit rivalry game.
With more than six minutes off the clock in the first quarter, Galax scored on a five-yard touchdown run by Charles Harris. The extra point kick by Jonathen Rayna was good and the score was 7-0. The Tide hit pay dirt again with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter on a one-yard run by Dougie Peoples and a successful kick from Reyna for another seven points.
Late in the second quarter, Harris punched into the end zone from the two-yard line with Reyna booting in another point as the Maroon Tide picked up steam. Their efforts were capped off with a 40-yard touchdown reception by Caleb Spurlin with Reyna again splitting the uprights to pile on a 28-point lead over Carroll County.
Both teams battled back and forth at the opening of the second half. The Tide’s Ty Rector ran in for another six points from the one-yard line with about five and a half minutes off the clock in the third quarter. Reyna’s kick was good to make the score 28-0.
Carroll hit pay dirt in the fourth quarter as Chase Robinson’s 40-yard aerial to Austin Carico put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard. Chase Goins topped that off with a successful extra point kick as the Cavs rallied.
Galax answered back with over nine minutes left in the game as quarterback Carson Orton connected with Spurlin on a 76-yard touchdown pass. Reyna’s kick added another extra point and the score stood at 42-7 in favor of the Tide. Carroll was not about to go quietly back to the bus just yet though. Robinson capped off a late drive with two minutes left to play with a one-yard touchdown run and Goins booted in another point on the kick after to make the final score 42-14.
Carroll’s Robinson hit the mark on 2-of-4 passes in the first half with Tristen Ousley going 2-for-2 on aerials for 11 yards. The Tide lost 35 yards on five penalties and Carroll had no penalties in the first half.
In the second half, Carroll had 66 yards passing and 77 yards rushing, while Galax had 117 yards passing and 66 on the land route for a total of 183 yards in the second half. Carroll had 196 total yards for the game with 60 on rushing and 136 on passing. Galax totaled up 243 yards passing and 201 rushing yards for a total of 444 yards.
Carroll 0 0 0 14 – 14
Galax 14 14 7 7 – 42
G – Harris 5 run (Reyna kick)
G – Peoples 1 run (Reyna kick)
G – Harris 2 run (Reyna kick)
G – Spurlin 40 pass from Orton (Reyna kick)
G – Rector 1 run (Reyna kick)
CC – Carico 40 pass from Robinson (Goins kick)
G – Spurling 76 pass from Orton (Reyna kick)
CC – Robinson 1 run (Goins kick)
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.