MADISON — The Canton-Galva High School football team finds itself in a similar situation. Last season, the Eagles reached the 8-Man Division I semifinals, but scored a season-low 12 points in a loss to Solomon.
The 11-0 Eagles know what to expect in this situation after graduation claimed zero seniors last year. For the second week in a row, Canton-Galva will look to hand an opponent their first loss of the season. The Eagles did so with South Central last week, 42-16. The Eagles entered the fourth quarter down 16-10, but scored 32 unanswered.
This week, 11-0 Madison will have the fortune of home-field advantage. It has been over a month since Canton-Galva has played away from home, but the Eagles did win that Oct. 18 showdown with Solomon, 60-0.
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Alex McMillian, Madison recorded its second straight undefeated regular season. Like Canton-Galva, Madison had its season end at the hands of Solomon last year.
The Canton-Galva defense has been so good this season, but the Eagles will be put to the test against an explosive Madison offense. The Bulldogs have scored at least 50 points in every game, and scored at least 60 six times, including last week’s playoff win over Caldwell.
Madison has been excellent on defense as well, outside of a 68-58 win over Maranatha Academy on Sept. 27. The Bulldogs defeated Maranatha Academy 52-6 in the first round of the playoffs.
Senior Ryan Wolgram is a run-first quarterback, but is also a proven passer. Nasun Wasson and Hunter Engle are both key pieces for the Bulldogs on offense and defense. Engle was an all-state honorable mention defensive end last season, while Wasson is the team-leader in rushing.
The winner of this game will face the winner of Leoti-Wichita County (10-1) and St. Francis (11-0) for the 8-Man Division I State Championship.