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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton-Galva football to boast new look in 2014

  • Canton-Galva’s biggest question heading into the 2014 season is fairly simple.
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  • Canton-Galva’s biggest question heading into the 2014 season is fairly simple.
    What will be the Eagles’ identity without two-year starter Cody Savage?
    “We lost the best player in the state, in my opinion,” Canton-Galva coach Jeff Savage said of his son. “He’s a pretty dynamic kid. We designed our entire offense around his abilities. So, we’ve designed our current offense around our kids’ current abilities.”
    The elder Savage will turn the reigns of the offense over to junior Travis Unruh. He also brings back seniors Tanner Klingensmith and Trey Moddelmog, as well as junior Clayton Sargent.
    Those four comprise the entirety of Canton-Galva’s returners with starting experience, with Unruh and Klingensmith working both sides of the ball. Klingensmith worked as a tight end and linebacker, while Unruh was started for Cody Savage at quarterback when he was injured last season, in addition to playing defensive back.
    “Unruh is actually throwing the ball really well,” Jeff Savage said. “So, passing wise, we’ll be fine.”
    Moddelmog and Austin Morgan both will vie for starting time at running back, giving Savage some speed in the backfield. Alongside Klingensmith, Ethan Loyd was mentioned by Savage as looking pretty solid during the first few days of practice.
    Savage will have to find new linemen on offense, as all three starters have graduated. Sophomore Hunter Pearson has been tabbed for the center role, while Sargent has been named to one of the gaurd positions.
    Defensively, Savage has some concerns heading into the season.
    “We’ve got to find a way to get more physical and stop people,” he said.
    The Eagles went 5-4 in 2013, the first time since 2008 a Canton-Galva team posted a winning record. That included a 2-3 record in a very tough 8-Man Division I district that includes perpetual power Solomon and Central Plains.
    To compete, Savage, entering his third year with Canton-Galva, says they must stay healthy.
    “That is something we were not able to do last season,” Savage said, “and it hurt our opportunity to make the playoffs.”
    The Eagles will open their season Sept. 5 with a road tilt at Hutchinson Central Christian.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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