By Staff for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
CANTON – In a battle of 8-Man powerhouse programs, current top-ranked Little River of 8-Man Division I ran into a buzzsaw on the road at Canton, current ranked number two in 8-Man Division II, and lost 66-36.
The difference in the game was the transfer, Jett Vincent for the Eagles. Coming to Canton after starring for Wheatland/Grinnell, dominated the game as he ran for 344 yards and eight touchdowns while also throwing for 187 yards and two more scores.
Both teams put up two scores on the board in the first quarter with the Redskins scoring on an 11-yard run by Braxton Lafferty and a 40-yard scamper by Braden Young. For the Eagles, Jett Vincent ran one in from 65 yards out while also throwing for a 45-yard touchdown.
Canton/Galva took control in the second quarter as Vincent scored on runs of 39, 59 and seven yards to give the Eagles a commanding 24-14 lead at the halftime break.
After Little River put a score up with a 53-yard pass play from Rylan Konen to Andrew Smith in the third, the Eagles once again turned to Vincent who threw for another long touchdown before spinning in from five yards out to keep the home team ahead 52-20 heading into the final quarter.
The Redskins managed to score twice in the fourth stanza on two pass plays, one being 20 yards from Konen to Grant Stephens and the second being of 27 yards from Braxton Lafferty to Braden Young. All the while Vincent kept running and added three more scores into his stat line on runs of 56, 37, and 37 yards to give Canton/Galva the final 66-36 victory.
As a team, the Eagles ran just 49 offensive plays but totaled 588 yards in doing so while Little River ran 66 plays for just 430 yards.
Individually, the Redskins were led by their run game where three players covered more than 60 yards in the game. Lafferty ran for 126 on 18 carries while Konen totaled 80 on 17 runs and Braden Young had 60 on just six totes. Konen and Lafferty split some time at quarterback and combined for 155 yards throwing the ball while Grant Stephens and Andrew Smith accounted for 113 of those in receptions. Konen was the top on defense for the Redskins with six tackles.
Vincent dominated the Eagle stat sheet with his over 500 yards in total offense and having a hand on all ten of the Eagle scores. Lane McMannis was the leader of the Eagle defensive unit as he totaled 13 tackles in the game.
Little River will now look to bounce back into the win column next Friday when they play their home opener for 2022 hosting Rural Vista.
Canton/Galva will go on the road next week with a trip to Goessel
Little River at Canton/Galva
Little River 14-0-6-16=36; Canton/Galva 14-20-12-20=66
REDSKINS = Braxton Lafferty 11-yard run (2-Point Conversion Rylan Konen run) 8-0
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 65-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 8-6
EAGLES = 45-yard pass play from Jett Vincent (2-Point Conversion was Good) 8-14
REDSKINS = Braden Young 40-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 14-14
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 39-yard run (2-Point Conversion was Good) 14-22
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 59-yard run (Kick Failed) 14-28
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 7-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 14-34
REDSKINS = Andrew Smith 53-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion Failed) 20-34
EAGLES = 57-yard pass play from Jeff Vincent (2-Point Conversion Failed) 20-40
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 5-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 20-46
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 56-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 20-52
REDSKINS = Grant Stephens 20-yard pass play from Rylan Konen (2-Point Conversion, Rylan Konen run) 28-52
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 37-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 28-58
REDSKINS = Braden Young 27-yard pass play from Braxton Lafferty (2-Point Conversion Corbin Herbst run) 36-58
EAGLES = Jett Vincent 37-yard run (2-Point Conversion, Jeff Vincent run) 36-66
REDSKINS: 1st Downs – 17; Total Offense – 66 for 430 yards; Rushing – 275 yards; Passing – 7/16 for 155 yards, 2 scores, 1 interception.
EAGLES: 1st Downs – 13; Total Offense – 49-588 yards: Rushing – 376 yards; Passing – 5/7 for 187 yards, 2 scores; Turnovers – None; Penalties – 1 for 0 yards.
LITTLE RIVER REDSKIN INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS:
Rushing: Braxton Lafferty – 18 for 126 yards, 1 score; Rylan Konen – 17 for 80 yards; Braden Young – 6 for 60 yards.
Passing: Rylan Konen – 6/14 for 128 yards, 2 scores, 1 interception; Braxton Lafferty – 1 / 2 for 27 yards, 1 score.
Receiving: Grant Stephens – 2 for 60 yards, 1 score; Andrew Smith – 1 for 53 yards, 1 score; Braden Young – 4 for 42 yards, 1 score.
Defense: Rylan Konen – 6; Braxton Lafferty, Grant Stephens, Toby Jesseph, Carter Stansbury – 4.
CANTON/GALVA EAGLE INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS:
Rushing: Jett Vincent – 24 for 344 yards, 8 scores; Lane McMannis – 7 for 21 yards.
Passing: Jett Vincent – 5/7 for 187 yards, 2 scores.
Receiving: None available.
Defense: Lane McMannis 13 tackles; Jett Vincent – 9 tackles
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