CGHS: Play smart, tough


The Canton-Galva High School football seniors and letter-winners are: front row (from left), Bryant Baldwin, Kolby Moddelmog, Zach Rowden, Nick Vogts; back row, Marc Jowers, John Sherer, Loren Kleinschmidt, Cody Peavy, Brett Williams.

The 2008 Canton-Galva High School football team, in its first year of eight-man football, went 5-4 and missed the playoffs.

To compete favorably against the top teams in a potentially difficult district that includes Claflin, Fairfield, Pretty Prairie and Goessel, the Eagles will have to make good on coach Zac Hoppes?s primary goal: Play assignment-sound, mistake-free football.

?We must take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves,? he said. ?Several underclassmen will have to contribute at the varsity level and we will have to stay healthy with very limited depth.?

The Eagles return three offensive starters and five on defense. Seniors Bryant Baldwin, John Shearer and Brett Williams figure prominently on both sides of the ball.

Baldwin totaled 840 rushing yards and 13 scores as a running back, and notched 36 tackles along with five interceptions at linebacker.

Shearer had 201 rushing yards and 170 receiving yards out of the backfield, and recorded 55 tackles from the defensive-end position.

Williams caught four passes for 130 yards at wide receiver, and added 37 tackles and an interception at defensive back.

Two others return having contributed to the Canton-Galva defense last year: seniors Loren Kleinschmidt and Mark Jowers. Kleinschmidt recorded 24 tackles and Jowers tallied 16 tackles and an interception.

Hoppes listed four sophomores as the team?s top newcomers: Nick Vogts, Cody Peavy, Kolby Moddelmog and Chris Kleinschmidt.

Vogts is a running back and defensive back. Peavy, Moddelmog and Kleinschmidt will play offensive line. Moddelmog and Kleinschmidt will play defensive line, and Peavy will play linebacker.

Canton-Galva?s season begins with a home game Friday against Hope.

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