Canton-Galva dominates Centre, 48-0

The Canton-Galva football team lived up to its billing as the top-ranked team in Class 8-man Division I by defeating a short-handed Centre squad Friday, 48-0.

The Eagles rolled up 306 yards of offense and scored on every possession in a mercy rule game that ended at halftime.

“This week we preached and preached that no matter who the opponent is, you’ve got to come out and play to your potential and give it everything you’ve got every play of the game,” Canton-Galva coach Shelby Hoppes said. “And this week, we did a really good job of that. Our boys played hard, executed well.”

Centre, meanwhile, played without two of its starters as a result of injury and illness.

“They’re a good team,” Centre coach Kelly Steiner said of Canton-Galva. “They’re ranked first in the state, and we knew we were going to have our hands full coming into this game. We had some adversity. (We had) two starters that in one day we had to replace.”

Everett set the tone for the game by rushing for a 45-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. After just 16 seconds, the Eagles led, 6-0.

Conner Koehn recovered a Cougar fumble on Centre’s first possession, which put the Eagles at Centre’s 28-yard line. Everett connected with Tyson Struber on the first play of the drive to make it 12-0 at the 9:20 mark.

With 5:59 remaining in the opening quarter, Everett scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, and Brayden Collins’ two-point conversion run made it 20-0.

Collins rushed for a 43-yard score on the first play of the Eagles’ next drive, and Struber’s conversion run made it 28-0, which held through the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Everett recorded rushing touchdowns of 28- and 5-yards, respectively, to increase the Eagles’ lead to 42-0. A turnover on downs led to Canton-Galva’s final score—a 17-yard touchdown pass from Everett to Struber that brought it to the final, 48-0, spread with 1:18 left in the first half.

Canton-Galva maintained possession for just 4:33, while Centre had the ball for 31:27 but struggled against a bruising Eagle defense that limited the Cougars to 46 yards—all passing. Quarterback Braxton Smith was 6-for-8 for 46 yards. His top target, Jensen Riffel, hauled in four receptions for 33 yards. The Cougars netted 0 yards on 25 rushing attempts.

“We were trying to spread the ball out as much as we could, which really isn’t probably one of our strengths,” Steiner said. “We like to keep it in tight and run the ball, too, but we couldn’t do that against these guys.”

Meanwhile, Eagle quarterback Landon Everett rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries and was 6-for-7 through the air for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Hoppes said he was pleased with his team’s improvement.

“We’ve still got a lot of things to work on,” he said. “It’s only Week 4, but we fixed things from last week and that’s the goal from week to week is to fix what’s wrong.”

Coming—Canton-Galva will travel to Bennington Friday, while Centre will host Hartford.Canton-Galva’s Tyson Struber hauls in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Landon Everett to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead over Centre during the first quarter Friday. Janae Rempel/Free Press

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