LITTLE RIVER — After 3 weeks of humbling their opponents, the Little River Redskins unfortunately experienced life on the other side last week.
The Redskins were point-ruled 46-0 by Central Plains, one of the state’s top 8-Man contenders.
They will now take a 3-1 record into Friday’s home game against Pratt-Skyline, which is coming off a 26-18 loss to future Little River opponent Moundridge.
LR coach Chad Lafferty admitted that last week’s game, while disappointing, was one that his team can draw on for later in the season.
“Last week's game was a definite learning experience for our team,” he said. “Central Plains is a very disciplined, physical team who doesn't make mistakes and takes advantage of mistakes if your team makes them.”
Both sides of the ball struggled for the Redskins.
“Defensively we couldn't defeat their blocks and they did a very good job of staying with those blocks, limiting our ability to get a lot of guys to the football. Their quarterback and running backs are very good athletes and we weren't able to get a lot of guys to the football,” Lafferty said. “They were able to gain a lot of extra yardage after the initial hit. Offensively, we struggled versus their 3-2 defense. They are tremendous at making sure each and every player on their defense does their specific job and when each of them executes their job they are a hard team to run or pass on.”
The Redskins look to bounce back against a capable Pratt-Skyline team.
“Pratt-Skyline will be a very tough team both offensively and defensively,” he said. “They have a good quarterback and running back who will make you pay if you don't wrap them up and drive your feet through your tackle because they will run through weaker tackles.”
Lafferty said his team will have to be well prepared.
“They run a lot of different offensive formations to try and gain an advantage offensively and we will have to key on the formation and what they like to run specifically out of those formations,” he said. “Defensively they like to load the box with pretty much five guys within a yard of the line of scrimmage with another linebacker about four yards off the ball sitting in the middle cleaning everything up. We will definitely have to keep our eyes up on the line of scrimmage to see where they are trying to bring pressure from and our backs will have to hit the holes hard.”
The T-Birds are on a three-game slide since opening the season with a rout of Burrton. They have lost to Kiowa County, Argonia-Attica and Moundridge.