Chilhowie at Galax

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GALAX, Va. (WDBJ7) Galax's 28-27 win over Narrows last weekend was the 18th playoff victory for the Maroon Tide since 2010 under head coach Mark Dixon. And now the Tide is in the state semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Mark Dixon/Galax Head Coach: I think first it's a testament to our school board and our superintendent, to our staff and our teachers and our parents who believe that kids can work hard and achieve dreams. We push our kids hard and they excel and step up to the challenge. I think that's all created with a whole community that buys into, our kids can get it done when they're given the opportunity to get it done.

The Tide seniors have been a part of 40 Galax wins over a four year run, including a state crown in 2015, with a 7-6 win over Riverheads.

Dixon: The seniors are special to me. They've been a wonderful group and they persevered and they have battled and they've hung with it as tough as it's been for them over the four years and as many battles as they've been in, to see them get to go one more week and a chance to go to the state championship is a pretty neat deal for all those guys.

Ethan Robinson/Galax Senior Defensive Back: We're getting better every year and he makes us better people. We've just got to keep working harder. He pushes us to be the best we can.