By William for

MADISON – They were not to be denied was an underlining theme for the Canton/Galva football team as they scored a huge, lopsided 46-6 victory over previously unbeaten Madison in the semi-finals of the 8-Man Division I state playoffs to advance to the state championship game next Saturday.

With the victory, the Eagles are now set to battle with perennial powerhouse St. Francis for the state championship in Newton beginning at 11:00 a.m. next Saturday, November 30. St. Francis will also come into the game with an unblemished record at 12-0 after they took care of Leoti/Wichita County, 66-20, in their semi-final matchup on Friday.

This will be the Eagles third trip to a state championship game and the first since 1991. Canton/Galva has not won a state trophy in any of their previous three trips.

Madison came into the game on Friday averaging a hair over 60 points per game, but the Eagle defense held them to just 199 yards on 55 offensive plays or just 3.6 yards every time they snapped the ball.

As for the Eagles, they rolled up 420 yards in offense on 51 offensive plays or 8.2 yards every time they snapped the ball.

Near midway through the first quarter, Canton/Galva broke into the scoring column when Landon Everett connected with Tyson Struber for a 65-yard scoring pass and then followed that up with a short pass to Tyler Rummel for the two-point conversion and an early 8-0 lead.

Everett then found the end zone twice in the second quarter on scoring runs of one and 30 yards in the second quarter with Brayden Collins barreling in both times for the two-point conversions. While Madison did manage a score when Nasun Wasson returned a kickoff back 71 yards for a score after the first Everett score, the Eagles still took a 24-6 advantage when the two teams headed for the halftime break.

The Eagles came out of the break and controlled the ball on offense before using two one-yard runs in the final five minutes of the third quarter by Garrett Maltbie and Brandon Huff to take a commanding 38-6 lead going into the final quarter of play.

A three-yard dive into the end one midway through the fourth quarter by Collins pretty much put the game away for the Eagles as it drove the scoreboard and final score to the 46-6 dominating victory and a trip to the state championship.

Though Madison only had two turnovers on an interception by the Eagles Tyson Struber, and a fumble lost, the Bulldogs did fumble the ball on three other occasions which caused missteps in offensive drives.

The Canton/Galva defense was very stingy and very focused, so much so that the Bulldogs leading rusher on the season Nasun Wasson had just three carries for zero yards after averaging 17.3 yards on 42 carries during the teams previous 11 games. As a team the Bulldogs only threw for 93 yards on a dozen completed passes while running for just 106 yards total for the game.

Leading that stingy, focused Eagle defense was Tyson Struber who recorded 9.5 total tackles of which nine were solo stops. Brandon Huff had 5 solo stops while Colgin, Conner Koehn and Collins each recorded four solo stops as well. As a team Canton/Galva stopped the Bulldogs seven times for loss of yardage on a play.

Of the Eagles 420 yards in total offense, Everett supplied 225 of those yards by running for 64 and then throwing for another 161 on just four pass completions despite missing most of the second half due to a sore shoulder. Collins led the Eagles in rushing by running for 132 yards on 21 carries while Kinser Colgin covered 96 yards when catching the three Everett passes that did not go for a touchdown.


EAGLES            8          16        14        8          = 46

Madison          0          6          0          0          = 6



EAGLES – Tyson Struber scored on a 65-yard pass from Landon Everett (Tyler Rummel caught pass from Landon Everett for the 2-point conversion) 8 – 0, 7:56 left in quarter.


EAGLES – Landon Everett scored on a 1-yard run (Brayden Collins ran for the 2-point conversion) 16 – 0, 8:00 left in quarter.

Madison – Nasun Wasson returned kickoff 71 yards for score (2-point conversion failed) 16 – 6, 7:51 left in quarter.

EAGLES – Landon Everett scored on a 30-yard run (Brayden Collins ran for the 2-point conversion) 24 – 6, 4:09 left in quarter.


EAGLES – Garrett Maltbie scored on a 1-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 30 – 6, 4:30 left in quarter.

EAGLES – Brandon Huff scored on a 1-yard run (Kinser Colgin caught pass from Landon Everett for the 2-point conversion) 38 – 6, 2:14 left in quarter.


EAGLES – Brayden Collins scored on a 3-yard run (Garrett Maltbie ran for the 2-point conversion) 46 – 6, 7:16 left in quarter.


EAGLES                        Madison

First Downs                                      20                                12

Total Yards (Plays-Yds)                   51–420                        55-199

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)  5–8–182–1–1             12–19–93–0-1

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                   43-238-5                      36-106-1

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)      1-1-1                            4-1-1

Penalties (# – Yds)                            7-45                             1-5

Time of Possession                         24:27                           23:33


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Landon Everett 4-6-161-1-1; Garrett Maltbie 1-2-21-0-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Brayden Collins 21-132-1; Landon Everett 10-64-2; Garrett Maltbie 6-32-1; Tyson Struber 3-6-0; Brandon Huff 2-4-1; Keaton Littrell 1-0-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Kinser Colgin 3-96-0; Tyson Struber 2-86-1.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Sacks-TFL-Int): Tyson Struber 9.5-9-0-1-1; Brandon Huff 5.5-5-0-.5-0; Kinser Colgin 4.5-4-0-1-0; Conner Koehn 4.5-4-0-1-0; Brayden Collins 4-4-0-1-0; Landon Everett 2.5-2-0-1-0; Nick Pearson 2-2-0-0-0; Xavier Westbrook 1.5-1-0-1-0; Ryder Norstrom 1-1-0-0-0.


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