CANTON — Shelby Hoppes likes what he’s seen in his first two weeks as Canton-Galva football coach.
“We’re still working hard on the implementation of our offense, getting better every day in practice to be game ready by Friday,” said Hoppes, whose team opens the season at Solomon. “The kids are buying in and at times we look like an explosive football team, but still need to become more consistent and efficient.”
Hoppes says if the young offensive line can develop, his team has the skill players to put up some points.
“Our skill positions have been a pleasant surprise, showing some football moxie and making good decisions,” Hoppes said. “Our line is very young, with a freshman and three sophomores starting right now. It will take time and a couple of games for that group to mature and learn the speed of high school varsity football.”
Two Eagle seniors have become leaders that the others look up to.
“Seniors Dylan Wood and Jonah Sargent have taken a leadership role for us,” Hoppes said. “They lead in two different ways, with Dylan being more vocal and Jonah leading with his play on the field. Sophomores Landon Everett and Mason Reedy have stepped up in that role as well.”
The Eagles’ youth will be tested by an experienced Solomon team on Friday.
“Solomon is very well coached and returns six starters on both sides of the ball,” Hoppes said. “With their returning experience it will be a great challenge for our young guys to go compete.”