Galax Edges Riverheads for 1st State Football Title

By John "Appy" Appicello - Sports Director
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SALEM, Va. (AP) - Charles Harris rushed for 181 yards and Galax's lone touchdown and Riverheads failed on a 2-point conversion pass on the game's final play Saturday, preserving the Maroon Tide's 7-6 victory and first Virginia High School League 1A state football championship.

Harris carried 28 times and finished with 3,236 yards for the season, the second-best single season in VHSL history. His touchdown came on the opening drive of the game for the Maroon Tide (11-4), and the Galax defense did the rest, stifling the Gladiators until the final minutes of the game.

Riverheads (13-1), held to just four first downs in the first 56 minutes of the game, started at its own 32-yard-line with 1:14 remaining. Two long completions by Garret Campbell, the latter a 43-yard pass to Tyler Smith, set up an 8-yard TD pass from Campbell to Taz Miller on fourth down as time expired.

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