There’s no football team harder to figure out than the Little River Redskins.
Coming off a forgettable loss to Solomon where Little River coach Paul Dold basically said about everything went wrong, it was a different team that took the field on Friday.
Little River crushed Goessel 64-30 to start district play with a bang.
It was a breakout night for sophomore running back Hunter Thomas, who pounded out 145 yards on 20 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Payton Harvey added 60 yards and three more rushing scores.
Senior quarterback Clay Zeller was razor-sharp by completing 8 of 11 for 94 yards. Harvey caught two TD passes and Thomas one as Little River was simply unstoppable.
The victory improved the Redskins to 2-3 on the season and they play Friday at undefeated Central Plains.
• Hesston 35, Smoky Valley 0 — Records apparently don’t matter.
Hesston was 1-3 coming in and the Vikings 3-1. But it was all Hesston as the Swathers got their season back on track.
This one was over by half as Hesston sped to a 28-0 lead.
Parker Roth scored two touchdowns for the Swathers, while Zach Esau ran for a touchdown and threw for two more, one to Cameron Cox and the other to Reese Nebel. Esau was 15 of 20 for 196 yards.
Hesston doubled Smoky in total offense, 300-151. The Swathers limited SV standout Kyle Anderson to just 38 yards on 14 carries. Roth led Hesston with 42.
Anderson did have a big night defensively with a team-high 8 tackles.
The Vikings host Lyons on Friday while Hesston is home against Kingman.
• Central Plains 50, Canton-Galva 0 — The outcome was pretty much expected, but Eagles coach Dustin Patee said his freshman-dominated team didn’t back down as it played hard until the game ended early.
Reed Wiens was 10 of 19 for 120 yards for C-G. Patee said Nick Pearson, just a freshman, had a spectacular night with five catches for 86 yards.
Central Plains is an easy qualifier for the playoffs, but Patee said the No. 2 spot is up in the air. The Eagles host St. John on Friday.
• Moundridge 34, Remington 30 — Down 24-12 at the half and their season in peril, the Wildcats exploded for 22 points in the third quarter to take the lead, then their defense held off a late Remington charge.
Anthony Otte threw for 192 yards and four scores, while running for another 68 yards. Parker Lange had five catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns, and Noah Eichelberger added 87 on a team-high seven catches and a score. Cody Hazelton added a rushing touchdown.
Dylan Sugars was in on 11 tackles, four of them being solos.
The victory was the Wildcats’ first under new head coach Jeremiah Meeks. They play Friday at arch-rival Inman, the game that may decide a district spot.
• Inman 10, Medicine Lodge 7 — Down 7-0 at the half, Inman scored 10 third-quarter points and its defense made it stand up.
Inman coach Lance Sawyer said his team gave up less than 200 yards of offense to the Chiefs. He added the team is starting to get some players healthy as it heads into the titanic showdown on Friday in Inman as Moundridge comes to town.