Canton-Galva uses big second half to roll past South Central

The opening 24 minutes were what many expected entering the night. Two of the best defenses in 8-man, both allowing just four points per contest on the season in a slugfest, an 8-8 tie at break.

But the Eagles turned it on in the second half, outscoring South Central 34-8 in the second in pulling away for the 42-16 win.

The Eagles got things started on their opening drive with a touchdown pass from Landon Everett to Kinsen Colgin, converting a fourth down that was already pushed back five yards due to a penalty.

The teams traded punts before South Central got into the endzone, Chayde Snyder hitting Eli Jellison with a big pass to set up the short QB sneak and tie things up at 8.

That was it for the scoring in the opening half as both defenses dominated, and that script held true for much of the third quarter.

The T-Wolves took the lead on the Eagles shortly after halftime with Chayde Snyder passing for a touchdown, but that was it for South Central on offense.

Canton-Galva cut it to 16-10 after a safety, but the fourth quarter was dominated by the Eagles. Brayden Collins rushed for a score shortly after the fourth quarter started, then Colgin picked off a Snyder pass the next drive.

That set up Canton-Galva to go back to the air, with the Everett to Colgin connection hooking up for a second time to make it a 24-16 game. After a stop, it was Tyson Struber's turn. Returning from injury, the all-state shoo-in took a carry 75 yards to the house to effectively put the game out of reach at 30-16. Collins would add two more scores on the ground to seal the 42-16 win.

Up next for Canton-Galva is a second straight matchup with an unbeaten team, this time a road matchup at Madison. The Bulldogs won via 45-point rule Friday on the road at Caldwell to reach the semifinals.