By William

LITTLE RIVER – While they will not have the match up they may have been hoping for, the Little River football team is still getting to move one step closer to a championship game as they hammered Chase County 70-26 at home on Friday to become 8-Man Division I sectional champions and earned a spot in the state playoff semi-finals.

Now 9-2 for the season, the Redskins will now battle unbeaten Madison next Friday at Madison for the opportunity to play in the state championship game scheduled for Saturday, November 28. Madison is currently 11-0 for the season and took down the defending state champion Canton/Galva Eagles on Friday by a score of 34-24.

Canton/Galva was one of the two teams that defeated Little River during the regular season and the Redskins were hoping to get a chance for revenge.

As for the game on Friday, Little River only scored once in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Graham Stephens but held an 8-6 advantage after Braxton Lafferty ran for the two-point conversion.

In the second quarter, Chase County was able to score twice on a rushing and passing touchdown but it was nothing like what the Redskins did as they put up 32 points to take a commanding 40-20 lead into the halftime break. Scoring in the second quarter for Little River came from two runs and a kickoff return by Jayden Garrison and a pass play from Garrison to Grant Stephens plus four two-point conversion runs, three by Braxton Lafferty and one by Garrison.

Only one score was recorded in the third quarter when Garrison punched into the end zone from a yard out.

Little River added three more scored in the final quarter Graham Stephens scored twice on scoring runs and then tossed a scoring pass to Braxton Lafferty.

Chase County gave the Little River defense all they could handle with quarterback Matt Budke as he attempted 22 passes and completed 16 of them for 224 yards and three touchdowns while giving up an interception to the Redskins Garrison. For the game Chase County ran 54 offensive plays that covered 344 total yards.

Little River ran 62 total plays for 400 yards which included 292 rushing and 108 passing.

Jayden Garrison had to be the player of the game for Little River as he ran for 204 yards on the 24 carries while passing for another 39 with four-of-seven passing and had his name in the scoring column for five touchdowns, three running the ball, one passing it and of course the huge 70-yard kickoff return.

On defense, the Redskins recorded 11 tackles that caused a loss of yardage for Chase County with Graham Stephens and Toby Jesseph each recorded three of those.

Chase County at LITTLE RIVER:

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

Chase County 6          14        0          6          26

LITTLE RIVER   8          32        8          22        70

(Team, Player/Scoring Play, Extra Point Attempt, Overall Score)


LITTLE RIVER = Graham Stephens scored on a 1-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-point conversion) 0-8

Chase County = Scored on a 12-yard pass play (2-point conversion failed) 6-8


LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 5-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-point conversion) 6-16

Chase County = Scored on a 35-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 12-16

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 70-yard kickoff return (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-point conversion) 12-24

Chase County = Scored on a 55-yard pass play (Ran for 2-point conversion) 20-24

LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 6-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-point conversion) 20-35

LITTLE RIVER = Grant Stephens scored on a 19-yard pass from Jayden Garrison (Jayden Garrison ran for 2-point conversion) 20-40


LITTLE RIVER = Jayden Garrison scored on a 1-yard run (Graham Stephens ran for 2-point conversion) 20-48


LITTLE RIVER = Graham Stephens scored on a 2-yard run (Keaton Richardson ran for 2-point conversion) 56-20

LITTLE RIVER = Graham Stephens scored on a 1-yard run (Braden Young ran for 2-point conversion) 64-20

Chase County = Scored on a 49-yard pass play (2-point conversion failed) 64-26

LITTLE RIVER = Braxton Lafferty scored on an 11-yard pass from Graham Stephens (2-point conversion failed) 70-26

TEAM STATISTICS:                         Chase County              LITTLE RIVER

1st Downs                                            14                                23

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   58-344                         62-400

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       16-22-224-3-1             13-17-108-2-0

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       36-120-1                      44-292-6

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)            2-2-1                            1-1-0

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 0-0                               0-0


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Graham Stephens 9-10-69-1-0; Jayden Garrison 4-7-39-1-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Jayden Garrison 24-204-3; Graham Stephens 14-70-3; Braxton Lafferty 6-18-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 8-57-1; Jayden Garrison 2-28-0; Grant Stephens 1-19-1; Trey Rolfs 1-0-0; Team 1-4-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assisted-Sacks-TFL): Graham Stephens 7.0-6-2-0.0-3.0; Braxton Lafferty 6.5-5-3-0.0-1.0; Jayden Garrison 6.0-5-2-0.0-1.0; Toby Jesseph 4.5-3-3-0.0-3.0; Grant Stephens 3.0-1-4-0.0-0.0; Braden Young 3.0-3-0-0.0-1.0; Kaden Schafer 3.0-2-2-1.0-2.0; Ty Herzog 2.0-2-0-0.0-0.0; Cade Young 1.0-1-0-0.0-0.0; Dustin Rogers 1.0-1-0-0.0-0.0; Team 5.0-5-0.0-1.0.

{Little River Activity Postings for upcoming winter season needs BUSINESS SPONSORS – low as $25/month – inquiry with William at}

{Follow us at}