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CLAFLIN – The Little River football team continues to be on a roll as they went on the road to Claflin on Friday and buried Central Plains 48-0 in another point ruled shortened 8-Man Division I game.

Since their first week embarrassment loss to Canton/Galva, the Redskins have now won three games in a row by a total of 148-6. Yes, they are on a roll.

In Friday’s domination of Central Plains, Little River scored six of their seven touchdowns on plays covering 20-plus yards, with three of those being longer than 45 yards.

Graham Stephens put the Redskins on the board first when he hooked up with Jayden Garrison for a 56-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and then followed that up by catching a 22-yard touchdown pass from Garrison the next time Little River had the ball, giving them a 12-0 lead after failing to convert either of their first two two-point conversions. Garrison then connected with Braxton Lafferty for a 48-yard scoring pass which was followed by a two-point conversion run by Cadence Birdsong to give the Redskins a commanding 20-0 advantage after just one quarter of action.

Garrison added two more scores in the second quarter on a 52-yard pass to Keaton Richardson and a five-yard run, plus Stephens converted a run on one of the two-point conversion tries to give Little River a 34-0 halftime lead.

Stephens and Garrison continued to lead the Redskins offense by adding 31 and 24-yard scoring runs in the third quarter which put the score over the point rule limit and finalized the 48-0 victory for Little River without having to play in the fourth quarter.

Overall the Little River offense out gained Central Plains with 288 yards on 25 plays to just 67 yards on 37 plays. Garrison and Stephens combined for 193 yards passing after completing six of nine passes for the four scores while Central Plains completed just one pass for five yards.

Garrison led the team in rushing with 129 yards while Stephens picked up 64 yards on just two carries.

Keaton Richardson covered 59 yards on two pass receptions.

Defensively the Redskins were led by Stephens with five tackles while Zane Kratzer and Brayden Sears each had four.

Now 3-1 for the season, Little River will stay on the road next week when they travel to Pratt to play Skyline who is now 4-0 for the season after dismantling Moundridge 60-14 on Friday.


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LITTLE RIVER               20        14        14        0          = 48

Central Plains              0          0          0          0          = 0

1st Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER – Graham Stephens on a 56-yard pass to Jayden Garrison (2-point conversion failed) 6-0

LITTLE RIVER – Garrison on a 22-yard pass to Stephens (2-point conversion failed) 12-0

LITTLE RIVER – Garrison on a 48-yard pass to Braxton Lafferty (Cadence Birdsong ran for 2-point conversion) 20-0

2nd Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER – Garrison on a 52-yard pass to Keaton Richardson (Stephens ran for 2-point conversion) 28-0

LITTLE RIVER – Garrison on a 5-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 34-0

3rd Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER – Stephens on a 31-yard run (Garrison ran for 2-point conversion) 42-0

LITTLE RIVER – Garrison on a 24-yard run (extra point kick failed) 48-0


LITTLE RIVER               Central Plains

First Downs                                                   9                                  3

Total Yards (Plays-Yds)                                25-288                         37-67

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)               6-9-193-4-1                 1-7-5-0-0

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                                13-95-3                        26-62-0

Penalties (#-Yds)                                           5-58                             3-40

Turnovers (#-Fbles-Lost-Int)                      1-0-0-1                        0-0-0-0


Rushing (atts-yds-tds): Jayden Garrison 8-53-2; Graham Stephens 5-42-1

Passing (comp-atts-yds-tds-int): Jayden Garrison 4-7-129-3-1; Graham Stephens 2-2-64-1-0

Receiving (rec-yds-tds):  Jayden Garrison 2-64-1; Keaton Richardson 2-59-1; Braxton Lafferty 1-48-1; Graham Stephens 1-22-1

Defensive Stats (tackles-assists-sacks-tfl): Graham Stephens 5-3-0-1; Zane Kratzer 4-2-0-0; Brayden Sears 4-1-0-1; Jayden Garrison 2-3-0-0; Keaton Richardson 2-1-0-0; Cadence Birdsong 1-0-0-0; Kaden Schafer 1-0-0-0; Braxton Lafferty 0-1-0-0; Evan Johanning 0-3-0-0

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