CANTON — Goessel took a 4-1 overall record and 2-0 district record into Canton on Friday night for a matchup with 5-0 and No. 1 Canton-Galva High School.
On the surface it appeared maybe the Eagles would be in store for their first close game of the season. It turned out to be the most lopsided win of the season for the Eagles.
The Eagles improved to 6-0 on the year with a 60-0 win over Goessel on Homecoming. The Eagles are now in sole possession of first place in the district, and two games away from a perfect season.
The only two teams standing in the way, Solomon and Herrington, have a combined 3-9 record.
Canton-Galva head coach Shelby Hoppes didn’t say much to his team before the game, but he could see the focus in his players from the very beginning.
“I didn’t even give them a pregame speech; I just let them sit in the locker room,” Hoppes said. “Nobody talked, everyone was focused and dialed in. That’s the way it should feel every Friday night. Sometimes we struggle with that, but tonight we didn’t, and it showed.”
Goessel surprised everyone with a successful onside kick to start the game. It wasn’t enough to rattle the Canton-Galva defense as the Eagles stuffed Goessel on fourth and inches quickly into the game.
The Eagles were on the board shortly after. Despite facing a 3rd and 22, quarterback Landon Everett found Tyson Struber for a 30-yard touchdown. Everett rushed for a five-yard touchdown on the team’s next possession to make it 16-0 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles were far from done there. After Brayden Collins scored from the one-yard line, Everett connected with Struber from 15 yards out to make it 32-0. A Struber pick-six made it 38-0 heading into the second quarter.
Brandon Huff and Everett would both rush for touchdowns in the second quarter, while Everett found Kinser Colgin from 24 yards out to make it 60-0.
The Canton-Galva defense forced three turnovers and held Goessel to 81 yards of total offense. Struber had two interceptions on defense to go along with his two receiving touchdowns.
Everett was 9-for-11 for 170 yards and three touchdowns through the air while he rushed for 40 yards and two more scores. Collins led the team on the ground with 111 rushing yards.
The Canton-Galva defense did a great job of getting the ball back to its offense. When the Eagles do that, they are extremely difficult to beat.
“We preach turnovers every day,” Hoppes said. “Turnovers are huge for us. The more possessions we can get, the better it makes us.”
Canton-Galva went 10-2 last season and reached the 8-Man Division I semifinals. With their opening-week win over Little River, the Canton-Galva revenge tour is halfway complete.
Next week, the Eagles will face Solomon, who ended the Canton-Galva season in sub-state last season.
“We’ll get up a little more for this one because of what happened last year,” Hoppes said. “I’m not going to let the boys forget about that, and they haven’t forgot about that. At the end of the day it’s a district game that we have to prepare for, and it starts on Sunday.”
The Eagles are at Solomon. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.