Injuries and turnovers dropped the St. John High School football team back down to .500 last Friday. The Tigers traveled to Canton-Galva for their third straight road homecoming game. St. John scored early in the game but the Eagles cut the night short with a third quarter stoppage. Canton-Galva won the contest 68-22.
"We covered their offense all week so I was a little disappointed with our lack of effort on defense," said head coach Nick Garcia. "We were able to get some points on the board but we failed to convert a lot of third down attempts. We also gave up some big plays and that cost us a lot of points."
The Tigers scored early in the first quarter on a 33 yard touchdown run and were able to convert the extra points. Canton answered with a 14 point first quarter, taking a one touchdown lead. The Tigers scored again in the second quarter but gave up 28 points. They went into the half down 42-14.
The Eagles had another big quarter in the third. The Tigers scored one more touchdown before Canton put the game away in three quarters. They scored 26 points in the third, winning the game 68-22. This ended a two game winning streak for St. John.
The Tigers will return home next week for their homecoming game, hosting Goessel. The Bluebirds bring a 4-2 record into the game coming off a 50-48 win at Ellinwood. The Tigers also defeated Ellinwood by two points earlier in the season. Coach Garcia says it will be a good game if the team plays like they are capable of.
"They look like a solid team and are very effective at moving the ball," coach Garcia said. "Their quarterback is a great athlete and can be dangerous. We have zero room for error."