By Staff

            LITTLE RIVER – A big second quarter helped propel Little River to a 46-point, 60-14 win over Goessel at home on Friday evening.

            The win raises the Redskins season mark to 7-1 as they have now won seven straight games since the opening weekend loss to Canton/Galva. On Friday, Little River will begin their run for the 8-Man Division I championship by hosting Attica/Argonia who will come into the game 5-3 on the season.

            In the first quarter on Friday, Little River scored on a Braden Young one-yard run and a 42-yard sprint to the end zone by Braxton Lafferty on either side of a Goessel scoring pass play to hold a 16-8 lead after the first twelve minutes of action.

            Braxton scored twice on runs of five and 40 yards and Logan Renken had a one-yard score in the second quarter as the Redskins propelled their lead to 32 points at 40-8 heading into the halftime break.

            Despite Braxton Lafferty scoring again in the third quarter on a three-yard dive into the end zone, Little River only held a 48-8 lead keeping them from the run rule of 45- points heading into the final quarter of play.

            After Goessel scored on an eight-yard pass and catch, Little River put two scoring runs in the books on a 46-yard run by Braxton Lafferty and a seven-yard score by Grant Stephens to put the game to rest by point rule at 60-14.

            Little River’s offense ran 52 plays, recorded 22 first downs and rolled up 436 yards, including 345 on 34 attempts running the ball which all helped in overcoming two fumbles lost and penalties totally 63 yards on six flags.

            Logan Renken and Braxton Lafferty combined to complete nine-of-eleven for 91 yards while Lafferty led the Redskins offense by running for 216 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries while Grant Stephens also broke the 100-yard mark with 101 yards on 10 totes. Braden Young and Andrew Smith led the team in receiving with four catches for 42 yards and three receptions for 34 yards, respectively.

            Defensively, Little River did give up 255 yards on 64 snaps with 155 coming through the air for Goessel while they ran for 100.

            Toby Jesseph led the Little River defensive stat sheet with 13 tackles of which 10 were solo. Braxton Lafferty chipped in with seven stops and Kayston Cox had six. The team totaled seven stops for a loss of yardage with Grant Stephens getting three of them while Stephens and Andrew Smith each had a quarterback sack and both Kayston Cox and Braden Young picked off a pass.


SCORING: Goessel 8-0-0-6=14; LITTLE RIVER 16-24-8-12=60

1st Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER: Braden Young on a 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Braxton Lafferty Run) 0-8

Goessel: Scored on a 34-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion was Good) 8-8

LITTLE RIVER: Braxton Lafferty on a 42-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Braden Young Run) 8-16

2nd Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER: Braxton Lafferty on a 5-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Braxton Lafferty Run) 8-24

LITTLE RIVER: Logan Renken on a 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Andrew Smith Run) 8-32

LITTLE RIVER: Braxton Lafferty on a 40-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Andrew Smith Run) 8-40

3rd Quarter:

LITTLE RIVER: Braxton Lafferty on a 3-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Grant Stephens Run) 8-48

4th Quarter:

Goessel: Scored on an 8-yard pass play (2-Point Conversion Failed) 14-48

LITTLE RIVER: Braxton Lafferty on a 46-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 14-54

LITTLE RIVER: Grant Stephens on a 7-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 14-60


Goessel: 1st Downs – 14; Total Offense – 64 for 255; Passing – 12/25 for 155, 2 scores, 2 interceptions; Rushing – 35 for 100; Fumbles – 0/0; Penalties – 3/15.

LITTLE RIVER: 1st Downs – 22; Total Offense – 52 for 436; Passing – 9/11 for 91; Rushing – 34 for 345; Fumbles – 2/2; Penalties – 6/63.


Passing: Logan Renken – 7/9 for 80; Braxton Lafferty – 2/2 for 11.

Rushing: Braxton Lafferty – 18 for 216, 5 scores; Grant Stephens – 10 for 101, 1 score; Braden Young – 4 for 25, 1 score; Logan Renken – 2 for 3, 1 score.

Receiving: Braden Young – 4 for 42; Andrew Smith – 3 for 34; Grant Stephens – 1 for 14; Braxton Lafferty – 1 for 1.

Defense: Toby Jesseph – 13, 10 solo, 2 for loss; Braxton Lafferty – 7, 4 solo; Kayston Cox – 6, 5 solo, 1 interception; Grant Stephens – 4, 2 solo, 1 sack, 3 for loss; Andrew Smith – 4, 2 solo, 1 sack, 1 for loss; Carter Stansbury – 3, 2 solo, 1 for loss; Braden Young – 2, 1 solo, 1 interception; Kyler Bergkamp – 2; Corbin Herbst – 1.

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