By William /

MADISON – Defending state 8-Man Division I champion and unbeaten Little River escaped their quarter-final match up on the road at Madison on Friday and scored touchdown with :47 seconds left in the game to gain a 38-32 victory to advance to the state semi-finals.

With the win, the Redskins are now 11-0 and will return home next Friday for a rematch with Canton/Galva in their state semi-final game. Not only will the game pit the past two state 8-Man Division I champions, but it will also be the second trip to Little River for the Eagles as they came in unbeaten seven weeks past on October 1 and Little River beat them 60-52 in an offensive slugfest.

If Little River can get past Canton/Galva, they would then play the winner of the other semi-final matchup between 11-0 Meade and 10-1 Hill City.

On Friday, previously unbeaten Madison jumped out to a 14-0 lead with two scores in the first quarter on a 32-yard pass play and a 14-yard run.

Little River and Madison alternated scores in the second quarter with Grant Stephens taking a 26-yard pass play from Rylan Konen into the end zone to put the Redskins on the scoreboard.

After Madison threw a 64-yard touchdown pass, Braxton Lafferty brought the Redskins back to within four at 20-16 on a four-yard pass play from Rylan Konen, plus two-point conversion on both scores. Madison added a late score on another scoring pass to pull back out ahead by ten going into the halftime break.

The Redskins scored the lone touchdown in the third quarter when Braxton Lafferty rambled into the end zone from four yards out, leaving Little River just four points behind at 26-22 going into the final 12 minutes of play.

After Madison added yet another long scoring pass play, this time from seventy-two yards out to take a 10-point lead, Little River’s offense scored the final two scores of the game on an 18-yard pass from Konen to Lafferty and the final 12-yard run for paydirt by Braden Young with just :47 seconds left in the game.

The real difference in the game came down to the two-point conversion attempts after touchdowns as Little River converted four of five while Madison only made good on one of five, leaving eight points on the field at the end of the game.

If you doubted how close the game was, look at the team stats as both teams recorded 324 yards in total offense, with Little River getting it on fifty-eight offensive snaps while Madison ran forty-eight offensive plays.

Madison had 209 yards in passing on six completions while they ran for 115 yards as well.

Defensively, Grant Stephens and Kaden Schafer led the Redskins with seven tackles each.

Rylan Konen threw the ball nineteen times and completed twelve for 183 yards and three scores while throwing one interception. Braxton Lafferty and Grant Stephens each caught four balls with Lafferty gaining sixty-nine yards and Stephens getting sixty-three.

Lafferty was the Redskins leading rusher with seventy-nine yards on eighteen carries.


SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

REDSKINS        0          16        6          16        38       

Madison         14        12        0          6          32       

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


Madison = Scored on a 32-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion was Good), 0-8

Madison = Scored on a 14-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 0-14


REDSKINS = Grant Stephens scored on a 26-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion was Good), 8-14

Madison = Scored on a 64-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 8-20

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 4-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion was Good), 16-20

Madison = Scored on a 19-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 16-26


REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 4-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 22-26


Madison = Scored on a 72-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed), 22-32

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on an 18-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion was Good), 30-32

REDSKINS = Braden Young scored on a 12-yard run (2-Point Conversion was Good), 38-32

TEAM STATISTICS:                         REDSKINS        Madison        

1ST Down                                             20                    13       

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   58-324             48-324

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       12/20-183-3-1 6/10-209-4-1  

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       32-141-2          34-115-1         

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

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 7-70                 4-31                

Time of Possession                             Not Available  Not Available


Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Rylan Konen 12/19-183-3-1; Braxton Lafferty 0/1-0-0-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 18-79-1; Rylan Konen 7-31-0; Braden Young 1-12-1; Grant Stephens 1-(-1)-0; Team 5-20-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 4-69-2; Grant Stephens 4-63-1; Braden Young 3-36-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assisted-Sacks-TFL): Grant Stephens 7-6-2-0-0; Kaden Schafer 7-5-4-1-2; Braxton Lafferty 5-4-2-0-0; Kyle Bruce 5-4-2-1-1; Rylan Konen 2-1-2-0-0; Ty Herzog 1-1-0-0-0; Andrew Smith 0.5-0-1-0-0; Team 7.5-5-5-0-0.

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