LR, Hesston, Moundridge make state playoffs

By Steve Sell
October 28, 2016

The “good” Little River football team showed up Thursday night and by virtue of a 52-6 rout of St. John, the Redskins will move on to the 8-Man Division I playoffs.

Needing a win to secure a spot, Little River pounded St. John behind a terrific game by quarterback Clay Zeller.

Zeller was 11 of 12 passing for 197 yards and three scores, while rushing for another 97 yards and a touchdown.

Hunter Thomas, Peyton Harvey and Brayden Sears all scored rushing touchdowns. Harvey scored twice on pass receptions and Brady Stephenson caught the other.

Little River, which seemingly blows out teams or is blown out, takes a 4-5 record into the playoffs. The Redskins go on the road to play South Central on Tuesday.

• Hesston 57, Marion 24 — The Swathers emphatically punched their ticket to the Class 3A playoffs and earned themselves a home game on Tuesday with Sterling.

The Swathers made quick work of the Warriors, scoring 20 first-quarter points and leading 35-2 at halftime.

Zach Esau had a monster game, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for three more. Two of them went to Alex Hostetler, who also had a TD run. Parker Roth scored a rushing touchdown and Zach Vogt caught a TD pass.

The victory was Hesston’s fifth straight after a 1-2 start.

• Ellinwood 54, Canton-Galva 6 — Canton-Galva’s season came to an end as Ellinwood closed its season with back-to-back rousing wins.

C-G improved by a game over last year with a 2-7 record. Second-year coach Dustin Patee often had four freshmen on the field and is optimistic about the future.

Ellinwood came out smoking, scoring 30 points in the first quarter and ended the game by halftime with 24 more in the second.

The Eagles were held to 99 yards of offense. Reed Wiens was 7 of 15 for 65 yards and also was the top rusher with 16 yards as C-G could muster only 34 on 15 carries.

Dylan Wood scored the lone Eagle TD.

• Sedgwick 56, Inman 13 — The Teutons’ season is over as they needed a win to qualify for postseason play, but the district champion Cardinals were in control.

Inman finished 2-2 in the district and 3-6 in Lance Sawyer’s first year as head coach. Inman battled a spate of injuries throughout the season, but improved by two games over last year.

With Inman losing, Moundridge advanced to the playoffs even though it didn’t even play. The Wildcats, who play a non-district game tonight at Peru, Okla., go on the road Friday to play longtime power Smith Center.

Also playing tonight is Smoky Valley, which hosts Clay Center in the game to determine the district winner.