New coach aims for great season

These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor the Canton-Galva football team this season: front row (from left) Jacob Smith, Jonah Sargent, Garrett Romaine, Caleb Sovde, Brody Scott, Dylan Wood; (back row)?Travis Unruh, Clayton Sargent, Joseph Schroeder, Hunter Pearson, Reed Wiens, Marshall Reedy. Janae Rempel / Free Press

Canton-Galva will feature a new head football coach on the sidelines this fall. Dustin Patee has taken the reins of the program as the Eagles seek to improve on last year?s 5-4 record.

Patee comes to Canton-Galva after two years as head coach at Logan/Palco. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Beloit-St. John?s/Tipton for three years.

The Eagles, who compete in 8-man, Division I, lost three seniors to graduation: Tanner Klingensmith, a first-team, all-league punter and second-team wide receiver; Trey Moddelmog; and Kendrick Bandy, a second-team all-league offensive lineman.

Five starters return to anchor a 14-player roster.

Heading the list is quarterback and linebacker Travis Unruh. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior was a first-team, all-league 8-man selection at quarterback a year ago. He earned second-team recognition at defensive back.

Two additional seniors return as starters: Clayton Sargent (6-0, 171) on the offensive and defensive line; and tight end/linebacker Garrett Romaine (5-9, 165).

Two juniors complete the list of returning starters: Hunter Pearson (6-3, 228) on the offensive and defensive line; and tight end/defensive lineman Reed Wiens (6-3, 181). Pearson was an honorable mention all-league selection on the offensive line a year ago.

Three additional letter-winners return: senior offensive lineman/linebacker Brody Scott (5-9, 202), senior running back/linebacker Caleb Sovde (5-9, 194); and junior fullback/defensive lineman Marshall Reedy (6-0, 225).

A top newcomer to watch will be sophomore running back/defensive back Dylan Wood (5-9, 152).

Patee said a key to the season will be getting players to buy in to a new system.

?This team is big and athletic; however, transition into a new system can be tough,? he said. ?If the boys buy in and work hard, we could get some early wins, bringing confidence. The chance for a great season is within our grasp.?

The Eagles will welcome Central Christian to town Friday for their season and home opener.

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