You never know which Little River football team is going to show up.
On Friday, it was the one coach Paul Dold wanted to see.
Little River took a monster step toward a playoff spot by blitzing Canton-Galva 54-8 in a game that was expected to be much closer. The Redskins are now 3-4 overall.
C-G coach Dustin Patee said his Eagles dug an early hole and could never recover. He praised the play of the Little River offensive line, which he said dominated play up front and was the key to the game. The Redskins also held C-G to under 200 yards of total offense as some dropped balls hurt the Eagles’ passing game.
Little River had nice balance. Clay Zeller threw for 103 yards, while Hunter Thomas ran for 112 and a touchdown, while Payton Harvey added 69, but scored four rushing TDs. Zeller ran for a score and threw a pair of TD passes, both to Harvey as he totaled six touchdowns on the night. Josh Dold and Dusty Page had monster defensive games with 10 tackles apiece.
Little River is 2-1 in the district and hosts Ellinwood on Friday, then closes out against St. John. C-G is 1-2 in the district and has a make-or-break game on Friday when it hosts Goessel before entertaining Ellinwood the final week.
• Smoky Valley 36, Rock Creek 29 — Riley Odell’s 1-yard TD run with 9 seconds left in the game saved the Vikings, who won their district opener.
The Vikings can take a huge step toward qualifying for postseason play with a win Friday at Chapman, which was routed 47-0 by Clay Center on Friday.
Smoky led 22-13 at the half, but it was 22-21 going into the fourth quarter. Rock Creek then took a 29-28 lead before the Vikings made their final charge.
Odell finished the game with three touchdowns and Anderson added two. The Vikings’ ground game was awesome as Anderson carried a whopping 34 times for 180 yards, while Odell pounded out 149 on 24 totes. Quarterback Brett Heitschmidt, for good measure, carried nine times for 55 yards as the Vikings ran 67 times.
Odell also was the team’s top tackler.
The Vikings take a 5-2 record into their game with Chapman next week. A Smoky Valley win and a Clay Center win over Rock Creek would put the Vikings in the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
• Remington 58, Inman 35 — Inman coach Lance Sawyer said his team just couldn’t get any stops.
Previously winless Remington prevented the Teutons from clinching a playoff spot and sent the district into a hullabaloo for the second spot as Sedgwick has control of things. Inman is 2-1 in district and after hosting Christ Prep on Friday, the final game with Sedgwick in Inman could determine the Teutons’ fate.
Sawyer said the other problem for the Teutons was the margin by which they lost. The No. 2 spot could very well come down to point differential.
Sawyer said Payton Froese had an outstanding game both running and throwing the ball.
• Hesston 49, Hillsboro 20 — This one was over quickly.
The Swathers exploded for 27 first-quarter points and led the Trojans 40-7 at halftime in the district opener.
It was a big night for Zach Esau, who threw for three TD passes and ran for two more scores. Two of the strikes went to Tanner Bachman, the other to Zach Vogt.
Parker Roth added two TD runs.
The Swathers have won three in a row and have a huge test coming up on Friday at Southeast of Saline. In a battle of unbeatens Friday, Southeast smashed Marion, 48-7.
• Sedgwick 24, Moundridge 20 — The Wildcats were a yard away from pulling off what would have been a big-time upset.
But a fumble at the goal-line with a minute to go stopped a Wildcat drive as they fell to 1-6 on the season and 1-2 in the district.
The Wildcats are still mathematically alive, but have to beat Medicine Lodge next week on the road and need to win by a big margin.
Moundridge went toe-to-toe with the district leader, up 20-14 at halftime.
The Wildcats had a good offensive night with 283 yards of offense, including 206 on the ground. Dylan Sugars rand for 104 yards and a score, while Anthony Otte added 90 yards on 18 trips and a score. Otte also threw a TD pass to Parker Lange.
Mason Dyck and Noah Eichelberger were the tackle leaders.