Ellinwood Eagles vs. Canton-Galva Eagles Football Preview

posted Oct 29, 2014, 12:44 PM by Unknown user
Ellinwood Eagles (3-5) will host the Canton-Galva Eagles (4-4) Thursday night for the last game of the season.  Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Ellinwood High School Football Field.  Senior Day recognition starts at 6:40 p.m.  The forecasted weather for kickoff is 58 degrees.  The game will be broadcasted on High School Cube by the Eagle Sports Network.

Ellinwood Eagles – Head Coach Dusty Beam

Offensive Leaders Preview:

Passing – Sophomore quarterback, #7 Tyson Martinez threw for over the 1,000 yard mark for the season last week.  Completing 66 out of his 121 passes for 1,088 yards, Martinez has thrown for 10 touchdowns in eight games.  Martinez is averaging 16.5 yards with each completion to over seven different receivers as a target. He is averaging 143.8 passing yards each game.  Last week against Little River, Martinez threw for 136 yards with one touchdown on 10 competitions.

Rushing – Junior running back Jordan Duvall continues to be one of the toughest Eagles on the team this season.  He leads the team with 748 rushing yards, averaging 93.5 rushing yards per game.  He also has 10 touchdowns on the ground.  Last week, Duvall rushed for 138 yards with a touchdown on 11 carries.  He’s not the only Eagle running the ball well, as junior Kaleb Schartz is averaging 62.2 yards rushing per game.  Schartz gained 45 yards on 18 carries on the ground last week.  With the 1-2 punch from Duvall and Schartz, Ellinwood looks to mix up the Canton-Galva defense with power and speed.

Receiving – Senior receiver Mark Waite is wanting to go out on top for his last game of his high school career Thursday night.  He is averaging 52.6 yards receiving per game with 421 yards in eight games.  Sophomore Tate Fisher continues to create problems for opposing defenses with his speed.  He has 16 competitions for three touchdowns while averaging 19.4 yards per catch.  Last week, Waite caught one pass for a 36 yard touchdown.  Jordan Duvall caught three passes for 60 yards.

Defense Preview:

Jordan Duvall continues to lead the Eagles on defense by a wide margin.  In eight games, he has made 46 solo/23 assisted tackles.  He is averaging 8.6 tackles per game.  Last week, he matched his season high of 14 tackles per game from earlier in the year against Solomon.  Junior defensive back Kaleb Schartz is next in line with 27 solo/16 assisted tackles.  The defensive linemen consist of junior Steven Cortez (3.3 tackles/game), senior Keaton Goering (2.8 tackles/game) and junior Josiah Caspers (1.7 tackles/game).  As for the defensive backs for the Eagles, Mark Waite has two interceptions with 27 total tackles and Tyson Martinez has two interception with 17 tackles this season.


Getting to know your opponent:

The Canton-Galva Eagles (4-4) are coached by Darrin Fisher.  The Eagles started the season out 3-1 before heading into district play.  Since starting district play, they have gone 1-3.  The Eagles hosted Goessel last week and throttled the Bluebirds to a 64-12 victory.  You might remember, Ellinwood traveled to Goessel earlier this season and won 22-20.  Canton-Galva has outscored their opponents this season by a margin of 344-282. 

Two players to watch:

1.       #3– QB/DB – Junior, Travis Unruh – Travis appears to be the main threat for the Eagles.  Last week against Goessel, he went 11-12 passing for 192 yards but also carried the ball nine times for 99 yards.  All in all, he finished with six touchdowns for the night.  Look for #3 to be active all night on offense and defense.


2.       #30 – TE/DB – Junior, Ethan Loyd – Caught two touchdown passes last week from Unruh.  Loyd will be one of Unruh’s main targets when passing the football.


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