By William /

LITTLE RIVER – Number one ranked Little River remained unbeaten after out dueling their toughest opponent this season, number two ranked Canton/Galva, and winning in a slugfest, 60-52.

It truly played like the game expected from the last two 8-Man Division 1 state champions as the game set some high spots in offense as both teams combined not only for 112 points on the scoreboard, but also by running up 1,156 total yards in offense including 618 on the ground and 538 through the air. Between the Eagles and Redskins, the stat keeper kept busy as the two teams were also turned the ball over a total of eight times while being penalized a total of 16 times for 176 yards.

For Little River, they put 22 points on the board in the first quarter on Braxton Lafferty runs of 58 and 47 yards while Rylan Konen plunged in from one yard out for the other. Lafferty also ran for a pair of two-point conversions. With Canton/Galva missing both extra-point conversions on their two scores it gave the Redskins an early 22-12 advantage.

While the Eagles put two scores on the board in the second quarter, Lafferty broke loose for another long scoring run, this time from 44 yards out and then after running for the two-point conversion, the Redskins went into the halftime break holding onto a four-point, 30-26 lead.

When Canton/Galva scored twice coming out of the break, the Redskins fell behind 38-30 for the first time in the game before they managed to score late in the quarter on a 44-yard run by Lafferty and with another successful two-point conversion, they tied the score at 38-38 going into the final quarter.

The Redskins came out roaring and scored three times in the first half of the final stanza. A 58-yard pass from Rylan Konen to Andrew Smith combined with another long scoring scamper by Lafferty, this time from 50 yards, while Konen added an eight-yard run to give Little River a commanding 60-38 lead with six minutes to play.

Canton/Galva hung tough and managed to put two more scores on the board only to fall short as Little River held on for the final eight-point, 60-52 win.  

While Rylan Konen had a decent night throwing the ball for 102 yards on just three completions, it was the Redskin running attack that continued to plow through the Canton/Galva defense, led by Lafferty who covered 332 yards on 25 carries while scoring five times. Konen joined him in triple digits with 103 yards on 18 carries.

Defensively, Lafferty led the Redskins with 11 tackles, including a pair for a loss of yardage, while Braden Young contributed 10 tackles, and both Grant Stephens and Konen each recorded seven. Toby Jesseph and Kaden Schafer each helped with a pair of tackles for losses as well.

Now 5-0 for the season, the Redskins will look to remain unbeaten next Friday when they travel to Bennington. Bennington will come into the game 4-1 after shutting out Solomon 50-0 on Friday.


SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

Canton/Galva 12        14        12        14        52       

REDSKINS        22        8          8          22        60

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


REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 58-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 0-6

Canton/Galva = Scored on a 21-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 6-6

REDSKINS = Rylan Konen scored on a 1-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 6-14

Canton/Galva = Scored on a 24-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 12-14

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 47-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 12-22


Canton/Galva = Scored on a 3-yard run (2-Point Conversion was Good), 20-22

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 44-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 20-30

Canton/Galva = Scored on a 6-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 26-30


Canton/Galva = Scored on a 29-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 32-30

Canton/Galva = Scored on a 35-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 38-30

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 45-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 38-38


REDSKINS = Andrew Smith scored on a 58-yard pass from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion Failed), 38-44

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 50-yard run (Rylan Konen passed to Andrew Smith for 2-Point Conversion), 38-52

REDSKINS = Rylan Konen scored on an 8-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 38-60

Canton/Galva = Scored on an 18-yard pass play (Passed for 2-Point Conversion), 46-60

Canton/Galva = Scored on a 7-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 52-60

TEAM STATISTICS:                         Canton/Galva             REDSKINS

1ST Down                                             26                                19       

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   74-605                         56-551            

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       23/41-436-5-2             3/7-102-1-1    

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       30-169-3                      46-449-7         

Turnovers (Total-Fumbles-Int)           4-2-2                            4-3-1   

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 6-50                             10-126

Time of Possession                             23:55                           24:04


Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Rylan Konen 3/6-102-1-0; Braxton Lafferty 0/2-0-0-1.         –

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 25-332-5; Rylan Konen 18-103-2; Grant Stephens 2-7-0; Braden Young 1-2-0; Team 2-0-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Andrew Smith 1-58-1; Braden Young 2-44-0.

Defense (Tackles-Assisted-Sacks-TFL): Braxton Lafferty 11-1-0-2; Braden Young 10-0-0-1; Rylan Konen 7-1-0-0; Grant Stephens 7-4-0-0; Andrew Smith 4-2-0-1; Toby Jesseph 3-1-0-2; Kaden Schafer 2-1-0-2; Ty Herzog 2-1-0-0; Braeden Grasser 2-0-0-0; Kyle Bergkamp 1-1-0-0; Kyle Bruce 1-1-0-1.   

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