CANTON — Five weeks of frustration were properly released Friday night in Catnon, as the Canton-Galva High School football team dismantled St. John 68-22, in front of a rowdy crowd on homecoming night.
Senior quarterback Reed Wiens had the best game of his career, completing 10 of 17 passes for 244 yards and four touchdown passes, while rushing for 100 yards and two more scores. Wiens physicaly towered over the St. John defense, who had no answer for the dual threat quarterback.
Early on, it seemed the Eagles were in for another lopsided loss. On the second play of scrimmage, St. John ran a sweep down the left side of the field, leaving the Canton-Galva defense in the dust all the way to the end zone. It took all of 18 seconds, and the Eagles were already down 8-0.
But scoring quickly was a game made for two, as the Eagles responded on their first play from scrimmage, with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Wiens to junior Dylan Wood.
Wood caught the ball in open space, broke one tackle, and was off to the races down the Canton-Galva sideline.
The momentum would carry over to the defensive side, as the next St. John offensive possession resulted in a fumble, deep in their own territory. The Eagles recorded, and had a first down at the St. John 22-yard line.
With 2:35 remaining, Wood took a direct snap from the shotgun, made a man miss, and powered his way from 14-yards out to give the Eagles the lead. Wood did the same thing on the ensuing two-point conversion try, giving the Eagles a 14-8 lead.
It was all Canton-Galva from there.
Wood finished the day with 12 caries for 50 yards, and three rushing touchdowns. But he was a much bigger target as a receiver, hauling in five catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Through rushing, receiving and kick returning yards, Wood finished with 230 all-purpose yards.
With the win, Canton-Galva is now 1-1 in District 5, which puts them in a tie with St. John, Little River, and Goessel for second place. The top two teams from each district advance to state.
But the Eagles own the tiebreaker over St. John, and travel to Little River next week in a winnable game.