By William

The Little River football team made up for one their two losses during the regular season on Friday as they beat Clifton/Clyde 46-26 to advance to the 8-Man Division I state quarterfinals as regional champions.

With the win, the Redskins are now 8-2 for the season and will play host to Chase County on Friday, November 13 for a chance to reach the semi-finals. Chase County will come into the game with an 8-2 season record after beating previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Sedan 56-18 on Friday.

Jayden Garrison put Little River up 14-0 by the end of the first quarter with scoring runs of 37 and one yard while also diving in for a two-point conversion.

Both teams scored twice in the second quarter with the Redskins earning points from a 17-yard pass play to Braxton Lafferty by Jayden Garrison and a 20-yard ramble by Garrison. That left Little River with a 28-12 advantage heading into the halftime break.

Garrison connected with Lafferty again for a Redskin score in the third quarter, this time covering 50 yards.

Little River put up two more scores in the final quarter of play on Garrison’s third scoring pass, this time to Graham Stephens covering 30 yards before Garrison found the end zone for his fourth rushing touchdown from 15-yards.

Both teams pushed the other offensively as the two teams combined for 813 yards in offense with Clifton/Clyde rolling up 402 yards of offense on 67 plays against the Little River defense while the Redskins had 411 total yards on 48 plays. Both teams kept the officiating staff busy as Little River was flagged eight times for 61 yards and Clifton/Clyde had seven flags thrown on them for 48 yards.

Individually, Jayden Garrison was most of the Little River offense as he completed six of ten passes for 145 yards and the three scores while running the ball 15 times and rambling for 177 yards while Graham Stephens ran for 87 yards on 14 carries. Braxton Lafferty grabbed four passes for 102 yards and two scores while Stephens made use of his single reception by scoring from 30 yards out.

Clifton/Clyde was led by senior Aiden Rudolph who was pretty much the teams offense as he threw for 111 yards and barreled through the Little River defense for another 231 yards rushing on 36 carries.

Defensively, Stephens recorded 10 tackles with seven of those being solo and two going for a loss of yardage. Garrison had seven solo stops and Joshua Braden and Grant Stephens each had 5.5 tackles. Kadan Schafer led Little River in tackles for a loss of yardage with three.

LITTLE RIVER at Clifton/Clyde

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

LITTLE RIVER   14        14        6          12        46

Clifton/Clyde  0          12        6          8          26

(Team, Player Scoring, Extra Point, Overall Score)


LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 37-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 6-0

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 1-yard run (Jayden Garrison ran for 2-point conversion) 14-0


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

LITTLE RIVER = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 17-yard pass from Jayden Garrison (Graham Stephens ran for 2-point conversion) 22-6

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 20-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 28-6

Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 79-yard pass play (2-point conversion failed) 28-12


Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 3-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 28-18

LITTLE RIVER = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 50-yard pass from Jayden Garrison (2-point conversion failed) 34-18


LITTLE RIVER = Graham Stephens scored on a 30-yard pass from Jayden Garrison (2-point conversion failed) 40-18

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 15-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 46-18

Clifton/Clyde = Scored on a 3-yard run (2-point conversion was good) 46-26

TEAM STATS:                                   LITTLE RIVER               Clifton/Clyde

1st Downs                                            17                                21

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   48-411                         67-402

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       6-11-145-3-0               2-8-111-1-1

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       30-266-4                      53-291-3

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)            0-0-0                            1-1-1

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 8-61                             7-48


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Jayden Garrison 6-10-145-3-0; Graham Stephens 0-1-0-0-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Jayden Garrison 15-177-4; Graham Stephens 14-87-0; Braxton Lafferty 1-2-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 4-102-2; Graham Stephens 1-30-1; Team 1-13-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assist-Sacks-TFL): Graham Stephens 10.0-7-6-0.0-2.0; Jayden Garrison 7.0-7-0-0.0-0.0; Joshua Braden 5.5-5-1-0.0-0.0; Grant Stephens 5.5-5-1-0.0-0.0; Kadan Schafer 4.0-2-4-0.0-3.0; Braxton Lafferty 3.5-1-5-0.0-0.0; Cade Young 2.5-2-1-0.0-0.0; Team 2.0-1-2-0.0-0.0; Kyle Bruce 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Braden Young 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0.

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