Canton-Galva is headed to the 8-Man Division I State Championship game next Saturday in Newton
MADISON — Senior quarterback Landon Everett missed the entire second half with a bruised shoulder. It didn't matter.
The Canton-Galva defense held Madison to a season-low six points en route to a 46-6 win on the road. The Eagles will play for the 8-Man Division I State Championship against St. Francis on Saturday in Newton.
Madison entered Friday's game 11-0 and had scored at least 50 in every game. The Canton-Galva defense held the Bulldogs out of the endzone. The only Madison touchdown came on a kickoff return in the second quarter.
The Eagles have been outstanding on defense all season long, allowing just 61 points through 12 games.
“We’ve heard all week about how [Madison has] the highest-scoring offense in 8-Man Division I, and our defense is pretty good, and they took on that challenge,” Hoppes said. “We gave up a play here or there, but man we played well tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Freshman quarterback Garrett Maltbie entered the game after halftime with the Eagles up 24-6. Canton-Galva did not miss a beat, and outscored Madison 22-0 in the second half.
Hoppes is hopeful Everett will be healthy for Saturday, but was impressed with the maturity and composure of his freshman quarterback.
“He’s a heck of a player, he’s the future of our program at quarterback, and I’m excited to see that,” Hoppes said.
After going 3-and-out on the opening possession, Struber caught a pass, broke a tackle, and out-ran the defense for a 65-yard touchdown to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead with 7:56 left in the first quarter.
Canton-Galva doubled its lead with eight minutes left in the half on an Everett quarterback sneak on 4th and goal.
Madison took the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but Canton-Galva held tough on the two-point conversion to maintain a 10-point lead.
Everett took a quarterback draw 33 yards on the Eagles’ next possession for a crowd-silencing touchdown. Canton-Galva took a 24-6 lead into halftime.
Everett suffered his injury in the first half, but played through it until halftime. Maltbie got the call to start the second half, and ran for two touchdowns in the biggest game of his young career. Brandon Huff also scored a rushing touchdown in the second half.
Friday’s win over Madison marked the second straight week the Eagles knocked off an undefeated team. In order to win the program’s first state championship, Canton-Galva must knock off undefeated St. Francis.
St. Francis defeated Leoti-Wichita County 66-20 in Friday’s other sub-state championship game. The Indians have only been tested once - a 30-28 win over a traditionally-tough Hoxie team that finished just 4-5.
Hoppes knows if the Eagles are to win the first state title in Canton-Galva football history, it won’t be easy.
“They’re a heck of a team, they’re going to hit us as hard as we’ve been hit all year,” Hoppes said. “They don’t do anything fancy. They line up and they hit you. Hopefully we can get healthy over the week, and if we can it should be a heck of a state title game.”
Saturday’s state championship will be at 11 a.m. at Newton-Fischer Field.
After the game, Canton-Galva Shelby Hoppes said he thinks senior quarterback Landon Everett just has a bruised shoulder. Hoppes went with freshman quarterback Garrett Maltbie in the second half because Everett wasn’t able to go through his throwing motion. It is unclear what Everett’s status is for Saturday at the moment.