Madison tops Canton-Galva, 34-24
Win snaps Eagles 23 game win streak
CANTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Madison Bulldogs traveled to Canton to defeat the defending Eight-Man Division I Champions, the Canton-Galva Eagles, by a score of 34 to 24.
The two teams met up last year in the Sub-State round in Madison. Canton-Galva came out on top 46 to 6 in that game.
This year, the teams faced off in the Sectional round with a trip to Sub-State on the line.
Madison wasted little time putting points on the board from the opening kickoff. Caden Marley kicked the ball deep to a waiting Bryson Turner on the five-yard line. Turner took off for a 75-yard touchdown return. Madison could not convert for two more points. They led the game after only one play, 6 to 0.
After trading punts, Canton-Galva found themselves with the ball at the Madison 30-yard line. Eagle quarterback Garrett Maltbie found an open Tyson Struber for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed. They tied Madison at 6 to 6.
Madison turned the ball over on downs on the next possession. Canton-Galva took over on the Madison 32-yard line. The Eagles marched down to the six-yard line. Maltbie rolled out towards the far sideline and then passed the ball to a wide-open Brayden Collins for a touchdown. Canton-Galva lead for the first time of the night with a score of 12 to 6.
On the ensuing kickoff, a Bulldog muffed the kick. Canton-Galva recovered the ball on the 38-yard line. Two plays later, Brayden Collins scored for the second time in the game with a 33-yard rush. Canton-Galva failed to convert the two-point play once again. They extended their lead to 18 to 6.
A few possessions later, Canton-Galva had the ball on their 32-yard line. Garrett Maltbie went to throw a pass to a teammate. Instead, it landed in the hands of Hunter Engle. Engle ran the ball back for a touchdown. Madison did not get the two-point conversion.
With about a minute left in the first half, Madison ended up on the three-yard line. Quarterback Casey Helm called his number to tie the game at 18 points all on a three-yard rush.
Ryan Wolgram took the hike on the conversion attempt and threw a completed pass to Hunter Engle for Madison to retake the lead 20 to 18.
Tyson Struber capped the next drive with a 26-yard touchdown reception for Canton-Galva. The Eagles could not convert the two-point play for the fourth time in the half. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 24 to 20 lead.
Madison started the second half with an onside kick. The Bulldogs took three plays to find the end zone. Bryson Turner pulled in a 32-yard touchdown reception. The score now read 26 to 24 after another unsuccessful two-point conversion.
Hunter Engle scored the final touchdown of the night on a one-yard rush. Ryan Wolgram scored only the second two-point conversion of the game to make the score 34 to 24.
Canton-Galva kept trying to mount a comeback, but they failed to get out of their own way. The Eagles tallied six turnovers in the game: four interceptions and two lost fumbles.
“Any time you give one of the best teams in the State six extra possessions, it’s hard to beat them,” said Canton-Galva Head Coach Shelby Hoppes.
“We forced a lot of turnovers over the past few weeks. Our defense is playing awesome right now,” said Madison Head Coach Alex McMillian.
Garrett Maltbie led all rushers with 60 yards, but he also recorded two lost fumbles. Hunter Engle led Madison with 43. Engle also had a fumble lost on the night.
Maltbie had more success as a passer going 13 of 28 for 153 yards and three touchdown receptions. Madison’s Casey Helm completed 10 of 16 for 55 yards. Ryan Wolgram had one touchdown with his perfect two of two passes.
Both teams generated almost the same amount of yards, Canton-Galva racked up 176 yards compared to Madison’s 175.
Madison’s victory snapped a 23-game winning streak for the Eagles. Andale remains the lone team with an extended win streak at 23 games.
The Eagles finish the year with a 10 and 1 record.
Madison will face Little River for a chance to advance to the Eight-Man Division I State Championship game in Newton.
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