CANTON, Ill. — It’s appropriate the Canton Little Giants started the week in the weight room after a big weight had been lifted off their shoulders.
“We feel more confident now. After we beat Manteno, we came in here,” senior Logan VanMiddlesworth said of the weight room. “Some guys finished their work outs early and started doing other workouts. They just wanted to work out and win.”
Canton beat Manteno 47-32 last Friday to open the season with a win at home.
“I’ve never worked so hard for a week 1 game in my life,” said senior Coultyn Dorethy. “Then winning! We came in wanting to win.”
The victory was the Little Giants’ first win since last August. Canton buried an eight game losing streak in the process.
“We said let’s never forget, we’ve lost eight games in a row and a lot of times it wasn’t pretty,” said Canton head coach Cody Myers of the theme this summer. “Friday night, we ended up burying a little time capsule on the practice field. That was nice. We got rid of it.”
But the win did more than just bury a streak. It’s special because it’s the first with the Little Giants special helmet stickers honoring former Canton player Troy Chisum, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy who lost his life in the line of duty this summer.
Some of the guys on the team are friends of the family and do to school with his daughters,” Myers said. “We were thinking of Deputy Chisum’s family. It is the least we could do. It was simple but to our high school boys, it meant a lot.”