Great Plains Federal Credit Union award goes to Eagles after a 62-6 spanking of Rural Vista.

CANTON — Going on the road and getting a 62-6 victory over Rural Vista High School earned the Canton-Galva High School football team the Great Plain Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel. The Eagles were presented their award on Monday from the McPherson Sentinel sports staff.

The Eagles improved to 1-1 on the season with the win, having lost in week one to Solomon. Coach Shelby Hoppes also picked up his first win as the Canton-Galva coach, having been named to the position over the summer. He was previously the head coach of the middle school team. Hoppes was pleased with his team's performance Friday night especially considering all the late changes going into the season.

"We put in an entire offense, brand new in the last four weeks now," Hoppes said. "We also put in a brand new defense in the last four weeks. So we have essentially started from square one. I'm so proud of the kids because the first couple of weeks the mesh points weren't there, a lot of things weren't working out and it didn't look very crisp and they could have given up but they didn't. They kept working and working and we're still not there yet but we're getting a lot closer and it's starting to pay off."

Other teams considered for the Team of the Week award for week two were the McPherson High School volleyball and boys' soccer teams. Volleyball went undefeated last week and handed top ranked Andale its first loss of the season. Boys' soccer scored two shutouts to get into the finals of the Maize South Invitational tournament before losing to the host team in the championship game 1-0. Ultimately it was not only the win but the resounding fashion in which it was accomplished, scoring 62 points in one half to end the game early, that stood out in the awarding the Eagles.

"Thank you for selecting us. This group, with that lack of juniors and seniors on the team, they have to play together or else we won't go anywhere," Hoppes expressed. "The freshman have come in after a really successful junior high career and they've taken the next step and some of them are even becoming leaders on the field and that's awesome to see those young kids taking off like that. As we continue to grow and they continue to stick together and take those steps as one unit we can really start to build something here."

The Eagles return home Friday night for their homecoming game as they host Peabody-Burns High School in Canton. The Warriors come in at 0-2 having lost to Wakefield last week 62-26 and Peabody-Burns in week one 40-26. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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