Canton-Galva extends win streak to 18, tops Little River
CANTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Going in, this match-up between the pair of top five schools in 8-Man Division I looked like it could be a shootout. The game certainly lived up to its billing, just unfortunately for Little River the Eagles of Canton-Galva proved too much.
Needing just 12 seconds to score the games first touchdown, C-G never looked back in leading the entire way of a 56-38 contest to move to 5-0 on the season. After sophomore Garrett Maltbie took the first play from scrimmage 65 yards, Little River proved they were at the level of the defending state champion, with a big carry from Jayden Garrison setting up a short Graham Stephens score less than two minutes later.
The game continued in back and forth fashion for much of the half, and that went for both sides of the ball. After two defensive stands, Maltbie took to the air and hit Brayden Collins for a 53 yard score to give the Eagles a 10 point lead. But again Little River found an answer, Garrison punching in a three yard score to make it 16-12.
Collins would add a second score, this time on the ground to get it to 24-12 before Little River again would answer, Stephens getting his second score of the day after Canton-Galva jumped off side on what would have been a punt on 4th down.
24-18 was the halftime margin, and after the break the teams again traded scored. Maltbie took in his second rushing score and Stephens his third, but the margin grew to 8 with Canton-Galva holding ground on a 4th straight two point attempt.
Then however the Eagles broke things open. After a quiet opening half offensively, Maltbie found Tyson Struber for his first of two touchdown catches, then Collins added a third score to push the Eagle lead to 24, and that was all they needed in what turned out to be an 18 point win.
For Canton-Galva, Maltbie passed for 149 yards and 3 score, going 8/15 through the air; he’d add 89 rush yards and the pair of touchdowns on the ground. Collins carried it 16 times for 95 yards and his two rushing scores, while Struber finished with 70 receiving yards. Struber and Maltbie also each added interceptions on the other side of the ball. Brandon Huff lead the way defensively with double-digit tackles including the games lone sack.
Garrison and Stephens, part of a two quarterback system, mostly stuck to the ground with Garrison carrying it 25 times and Stephens 24. Together they combined for 274 rush yards and 4 touchdowns. Stephens lead the way passing it, finishing the day with 61 pass yards, 37 of those on a late touchdown toss to Braden Young.
Canton-Galva now sits in control of District 4, and will look to stay unbeaten next Friday with a trip to Herington. Little River will try to bounce back hosting Bennington, the Bulldogs coming off handing Solomon its first loss of the season.
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