By William / http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

(Photo from Tina McMannis)

LITTLE RIVER – Once again the battle on Friday night in the state 8-Man Division I semifinal game between Little River and Canton/Galva proved to be a slugfest just as it was back on October 1, this time the Redskins reigned in the end by scoring a 76-68 victory and a trip to next week’s state championship game.

With the win, the Redskins are now unblemished at 12-0 on the season as they look to repeat as state champions when they battle with Meade on Saturday, November 27. Meade will also bring a 12-0 mark into the game as the defeated Hill City 48-34 in their semifinal game on Friday.

Remember back on October 1 when Little River and Canton/Galva combined for 112 points and 1,150 yards in offense while the Redskins escaped with a 60-52-win, Friday night was remarkably similar as the Redskins and Eagles combined for 1,191 yards in offense on 124 plays while putting a combined 146 points on the scoreboard.

Canton/Galva took the early advantage as they scored twice in the first quarter while the Redskins could only find the end zone once on a 20-yard run by Rylan Konen, leaving the Eagles with the 16-6 advantage.

Braxton Lafferty began to take the game over in the second quarter as he had a hand in three Little River scores in the second stanza when he threw a scoring pass to Rylan Konen covering eighteen yards before catching a 32-yard touchdown throw from Konen and then diving into the end zone from two yards out for a third score. Unfortunately, the Eagles put pair of scores on the board and still held a six-point, 32-26 lead heading into the halftime break.

Neither team was able to find paydirt in the third quarter though Canton/Galva did score twice while the Redskins only put one touchdown in the scorebook on an eight-yard rumble into the end zone by Lafferty, leaving Little River trailing by twelve at 46-34 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.

Despite starting quarterback Rylan Konen leaving the game late in the third quarter with an injury, the Redskins still found the final twelve minutes of play an offensive bonanza as they put six touchdowns in the scorebook to get their final come from behind 76-68 victory.

Little River opened the quarter by scoring twice on a 17-yard pass play from Lafferty to Andrew Smith and a 55-yard scamper to the end zone by Braden Young to give the Redskins a short term 48-46 lead before Canton/Galva took the lead back on a 48-yard pass play.

Of the final four Redskin touchdowns, Lafferty had three of them on scoring runs of five, fifty-eight, and forty yards to go along with a recovered fumble by Grant Stephens that he rambled into the end zone after picking it up.

Offensively, Little River covered 572 yards on sixty-three plays with 173 of those coming through the air while coming up one-yard short of four hundred on the ground.

With Konen and Lafferty splitting time at quarterback, they combined to complete eight-of-eleven passes for 173 yards while tossing three touchdowns.

Lafferty was the offensive workhorse as he ran the ball twenty-seven times covering 206 yards and finding the end zone five times. Combined with his passing, Lafferty totaled 250 in offense and had a hand in eight of the teams eleven touchdowns.

As the team ran for 399 yards, besides Lafferty, Konen ran for sixty-eight yards on eleven carries while Braden Young and Grant Stephens each had seventy-six and forty-nine yards, respectively.

Lafferty was also the defensive leader for Little River as he totaled 9.5 tackles with Braden Young recording eight and Toby Jesseph putting 6.5 in the stat book.

Canton/Galva at LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

Canton/Galva 16        16        14        22        68                               

REDSKINS        6          20        8          42        76                   

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

1ST QUARTER:

Canton/Galva = Garrett Maltbie scored on a 65-yard run (Garrett Maltbie passed to Wyatt Collins for 2-Point Conversion), 8-0

REDSKINS = Rylan Konen scored on a 20-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 8-6

Canton/Galva = Tyson Struber scored on a 46-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie (Tyson Struber ran for 2-Point Conversion), 16-6

2ND QUARTER:

REDSKINS = Rylan Konen scored on an 18-yard pass play from Braxton Lafferty (2-Point Conversion Failed), 16-12

Canton/Galva = Cason Mastre scored on a 35-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie {Garrett Maltbie ran for 2-Point Conversion), 24-12

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 32-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion Failed), 24-18

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 2-yard run (Braden Young ran for 2-Point Conversion), 24-26

Canton/Galva = Tyson Struber scored on a 29-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie (Garrett Maltbie passed to Xavier Westbrook for 2-Point Conversion), 32-26

3RD QUARTER:

Canton/Galva = Tyson Struber scored on a 63-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie (2-Point Conversion Failed), 38-26

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on an 8-yard run (Braden Young ran for 2-Point Conversion), 38-34

Canton/Galva = Tyson Struber scored on a 12-yard run (Tyson Struber ran for 2-Point Conversion), 46-34

4TH QUARTER:

REDSKINS = Andrew Smith scored on a 17-yard pass play from Braxton Lafferty (2-Point Conversion Failed), 46-40

REDSKINS = Braden Young scored on a 55-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 46-48

Canton/Galva = TJ Koehn scored on a 48-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie (Garrett Maltbie ran for 2-Point Conversion), 54-48

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 5-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 54-54

Canton/Galva = Garrett Maltbie scored on a 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 60-54

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 53-yard run (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 60-62

REDSKINS = Grant Stephens scored on a Fumble Recovery (Braxton Lafferty ran for 2-Point Conversion), 60-70

Canton/Galva = Cason Mastre scored on a 16-yard pass play from Garrett Maltbie (Garrett Maltbie passed to Tyson Struber for 2-Point Conversion), 68-70

REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty scored on a 40-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed), 68-76

TEAM STATISTICS:                         Eagles  REDSKINS

1ST Down                                             20                    27       

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   61-619             63-572            

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       23/37-419-6-0 8/11-173-3-0  

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       24-200-3          52-399-7         

Turnovers (Total-Fumbles-Int)           3-3-0                2-2-0   

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 4-30                 4-30    

Time of Possession                             18:51               28:28

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS TEAM INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS:

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Rylan Konen 5/7-129-1-0; Braxton Lafferty ¾-44-2.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Braxton Lafferty 27-206-5; Braden Young 5-76-1; Rylan Konen 11-68-1; Grant Stephens 9-49-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Grant Stephens 2-80-0; Braxton Lafferty 1-32-1; Braden Young 3-26-0; Rylan Konen 1-18-1; Andrew Smith 1-17-1.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assisted-Sacks-TFL): Braxton Lafferty 9.5-8-3-0-1.5; Braden Young 8-8-0-0-0; Toby Jesseph 6.5-5-3-0-1; Kyle Bruce 4.5-4-1-0-1; Andrew Smith 3-3-0-0-0; Grant Stephens 2.5-2-1-0-0.5; Kaden Schafer 2.5-2-1-0-0; Ty Herzog 1.5-1-1-0-0; Braeden Grasser 1-1-0-0-0.

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