Canton-Galva football heads to State

For the second consecutive week, the Canton-Galva football team knocked off an unbeaten opponent, this time defeating Madison, 46-6, for the chance to play in the state title game Saturday. 

The Eagles never trailed, scoring a first-quarter touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Landon Everett to Tyson Struber for an 8-0 advantage.

Canton-Galva added to its lead in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown runs by Everett, from distances of 1- and 33-yards, respectively. In between, Madison scored its only points of the contest on a 70-yard kickoff return.

At halftime, the Eagles led, 24-6. 

Garrett Maltbie and Brandon Huff each recorded 1-yard rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 38-6 at the final break, then, with 5:36 to play, Maltbie crossed the goal line on a 1-yard run to bring it to the final, 40-point spread.

Canton-Galva rolled up 433 yards of offense, including 243 rushing yards, led by Brayden Collins with 26 carries for 128 yards. 

Through the air, Everett was 3-for-5 for 113 yards and one touchdown. Maltbie was 2-for-3 for 77 yards. Struber hauled in three receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown. 

Huff led the defense with 11 tackles. Struber had an interception. Madison, meanwhile, had 201 yards of offense. 

With the sub-state win, the Eagles (12-0) will play St. Francis (12-0) in the Class 8-man, Division I state title game Saturday at Fischer Field in Newton. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

St. Francis enters the contest after a 66-20 victory over Leoti-Wichita County. 

This will be Canton-Galva’s first state title game appearance since 1991.