When Canton-Galva football coach Dustin Patee learned that standout quarterback Travis Unruh would miss Friday’s game at Burrton with a shoulder injury, he was more than a little concerned.
Unruh has been the Eagles’ pinwheel, as everything they do revolves around his talents.
But Jonah Sargent stepped in with a performance for the ages.
Sargent threw for 216 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 76 more and two scores as the Eagles notched the first win of the Patee era, 56-35.
Down 14-6 after a quarter, the Eagles shocked the Chargers with 50 points during the middle two quarters.
Patee was ecstatic, as Sargent did not commit a miscue all night and ran the show with aplomb. Marshall Reedy ran for 111 yards on 19 carries and scored once, while Dylan Wood made three catches, all for touchdowns, and had 133 receiving yards to go with his 59 yards rushing. Hunter Pearson ran for 50 yards on his only carry, a touchdown. Garrett Romaine had the final TD catch.
Clayton Sargent and Jacob Smith were titans on defense, as Sargent had 14 solo tackles and Smith eight.
The 1-2 Eagles are home Friday to take on Wichita Word of Life.
• Smoky Valley 40, Haven 20 — Another team picking up its first win of the year was Smoky Valley.
Not only did the Vikings win for the first time, they scored for the first time.
Kyle Anderson took command by rushing for 130 yards and four scores to lead the Viking attack. Kaj Sjogren scored the other TD. Anderson and Sjogren had a pair of 2-pointers, and Brett Heitschmidt added the other.
State-ranked Halstead invades Anderson Stadium on Friday.
• Little River 32, Peabody 6 — Little River made it two wins in a row by dominating a Peabody team that had hung up 56 points the week before.
Clay Zeller threw for 187 yards and two scores to lead the way. Damien Martinez caught six balls for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Levi Swenson ran for two scores and finished with 84 yards rushing. Peyton Harvey added the other TD and rushed for 36 yards on just six carries.
Stan Wright led the defense with eight tackles.
Little River hosts Udall on Friday.
• Hesston 49, Sterling 8 — It was the Zach attack.
Zach Vogt caught four touchdown passes from Zach Esau to spark the Swathers to the win.
As expected, Hesston had little trouble, though it did trail 8-7 early. From there, the Swathers scored six straight touchdowns.
Alex Hostetler had a good game on the ground with two touchdowns. Trevor Koehn recovered a blocked punt for the other score.
Hesston, now 2-1, is home against Lyons on Friday.
• Bennington 46, Moundridge 6 — Every team the Wildcats seem to play is undefated.
The Bulldogs spoiled the Wildcats’ home opener by winning for the third straight time.
Moundridge coach Matt Cole could not fault the effort, as the Bulldogs simply had too much skill and speed in the backfield and out on the perimeter.
It’s back on the road Friday to play Trinity Catholic.
• Trinity Catholic 19, Inman 14 — One yard.
That’s all that stood between Inman and one of its biggest wins in the past several years.
Teuton quarterback Keaton Case was stopped a yard short of scoring the game-winning touchdown.
On that final play, it was a pass-run option and Case tried to run it in. After some discussion, it was ruled he came up short.
Inman is definitely the tough-luck team in the area, having lost all three of its games even though it’s been right there in the final minutes.
Case threw a touchdown pass to Lucas Barlow, while Kyler Blank scored a rushing touchdown. Case finished with 108 yards rushing and Blank added 87 as the Teutons displayed a crushing ground game.
Inman plays Friday at Remington.