By William

CLYDE – The Little River football team went on the road Friday for a battle of their number three ranking in 8-Man Division I with the fifth-ranked team of Clifton/Clyde, and a battle it was as Little River lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Eagles, 42-36.

Throughout the game neither team ever held more than a single touchdown advantage as Little River and Clifton/Clyde each scored twice in the first quarter with the Redskin touchdowns coming on a 39-yard run by Jayden Garrison and a 16-yard pass play from Garrison to Braxton Lafferty.

After the Eagles scored again in the second quarter but failed on the extra-point conversion, Garrison got his second scoring run of the game and with the Redskins converting the two-pointer, Little River went into halftime with a slim 22-20 advantage.

When Clifton/Clyde broke loose for a 63-yard scoring run in the third quarter, Little River bounced back with two scores by Garrison, one on a run and another on a pass from Graham Stephens, to take a hopeful eight-point, 36-28, lead into the final quarter of play.

Unfortunately, Clifton/Clyde scored and made a two-point conversion to tie the game late in the final quarter only to see Little River drive down and miss a field goal opportunity due to a bad snap that would have won the game instead of sending it into overtime.

The Eagles scored on a 10-yard run in the overtime to secure the heartbreaking, 42-36 loss for the Redskins.

Offensively, Little River once again was dominated by the two-headed senior monster of Jayden Garrison and Graham Stephens as Garrison ran for 125 yards, passed for another 34 and turned his one pass reception into a 42-yard score while Stephens covered another 87 yards on the ground and 47 through the air.

While Little River gained 276 yards in offense on 56 plays, Clifton/Clyde dented the Redskin defense for 400 yards on their 59 offensive plays, including 264 yards on the ground.

Both teams suffered numerous setbacks with penalties as Little River was flagged for 59 yards on seven penalties while the Eagles were flagged six times for 48 yards.

On defense, it was Garrison who led the Little River as he racked up nine tackles that included two tackles for a loss of yardage while Stephens and Kaden Schafer each earned credit for six tackles and one tackle for a loss of yardage.

Now 1-1 on the season, Little River will host Goessel next Friday, September 18. Goessel will come into the game also 1-1 after beating Herington 32-14 on Friday.

LITTLE RIVER at Clifton/Clyde

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          OT       FINAL

LITTLE RIVER   14        8          14        0          0          36

Clifton/Clyde  14        6          8          8          6          42


LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison on a 39-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 6-0

Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 13-yard run (2-point conversion) 6-8

Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 53-yard pass play (2-point conversion failed) 6-14

LITTLE RIVER = Braxton Lafferty on a 16-yard pass from Jayden Garrison (2-point conversion) 14-14


Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 14-yard pass play (2-point conversion failed) 14-20

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison on a 1-yard run (2-point conversion) 22-20


Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 63-yard run (2-point conversion) 22-28

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison on a 42-yard pass from Graham Stephens (2-point conversion) 30-28

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison on a 1-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 36-28


Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 15-yard run (2-point conversion) 36-36


Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 10-yard run (Kick failed) 36-42

TEAM STATS:                                   LITTLE RIVER               Clifton/Clyde

1st Downs                                            11                                17

Total Yards (Plays-Yds)                       56-276                         59-400

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       6-12-81-2-2                 6-11-136-2-0

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       37-195-3                      40-264-4

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 7-59                             6-48

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)            0-0-2                            2-2-0


Passing (Atts-Comp-Yds-Tds-Int): Graham Stephens 4-9-47-1-1; Jayden Garrison 2-3-34-1-1.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Jayden Garrison 18-125-3; Graham Stephens 16-87-0; Team 3-(-17)-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Jayden Garrison 1-42-1; Braxton Lafferty 4-21-1; Keaton Richardson 1-18-0.

Defense (Tackles-Assist-Sacks-TFL): Jayden Garrison 9-0-0-2; Graham Stephens 6-1-0-1; Kaden Schafer 6-3-0-1; Braxton Lafferty 4-0-1-2; Cade Young 2-1-0-0; Joshua Braden 1-0-0-0; Ty Herzog 1-0-0-0; Team 6-3-0-0.

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