SOLOMON — Canton-Galva football coach Shelby Hoppes knows his team will be giving away experience to every opponent it plays.
But the Eagles’ youthful enthusiasm showed on Friday in their season opener as they put up a spirited fight to muscular Solomon, only to lose 66-34. Game information was not available earlier as it was a late night for the Eagles on the road.
“We played well in the first half,” said Hoppes, in his C-G head coaching debut. “With 6 minutes left in the second quarter and a one-score game, we snapped it over the punter’s head. They scored on the short field position. We went three-and-out the next series and they scored on a long play with 42 seconds left in the half. I’m proud of my guys though, we were overmatched physically and kept fighting for four quarters.”
C-G trailed 44-26 at the half as it showed some offensive prowess.
Sophomore quarterback Landon Everett had a nice game, completing 12 of 27 for 175 yards and two scores. He ran 16 times for 40 yards and a TD. Dylan Wood had 38 yards on 8 carries and two touchdowns.
Jonah Sargent had 96 yards in receiving and a TD, while Wood caught 59 yards worth of aerials and also latched on to a TD pass.