There’s no substitute for experience.
Little River’s senior-laden football team opened its season in impressive fashion Friday with a 46-22 rout of Rural Vista, which is a combination of Hope and White City.
It was thought Rural Vista would be quite a challenge since Hope was 8-2 last year and a number of good players returned.
But Little River, up 26-14 at the half, piled up three scores in the third quarter to break it open.
It was a huge night for Grant Harvey, who scored five times. The other TD was tallied by Zach Galyon on a pass from Cordell Moore.
Little River plays host to Centre on Friday.
• Ell-Saline 20, Inman 8 — The Teutons gave up a lot of yards, but not a lot points as the Cardinals spoiled the debut of Inman coach Ed Ramsey.
Ell-Saline chewed up 337 yards on the ground and totaled 407 overall, but managed only single touchdowns in each of the first three quarters. Inman managed 227 yards of offense.
Kyler Blank rushed for 57 yards for Inman and Blayne Konrade threw for 84.
Inman is home Friday to play Bennington.
• Marion 38, Moundridge 7 — Due to a computer crash of statistics at Moundridge, game numbers were not available.
Moundridge coach Courtney Moddelmog said his team made too many mistakes against a team the quality of Marion to win.
Moundridge is home again Friday to play Ell-Saline.
• Canton-Galva 64, Central Christian 16 — Travis Unruh had a splashy start to the season by completing 11 of 13 for 203 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 72 yards and four more scores.
Tanner Klingensmith was Unruh's go-to man with six catches for 159 yards and two scores. Trey Moddelmog was effective as well with 45 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Brody Scott had a nice defensive game with nine total tackles and a sack.
C-G coach Jeff Savage was pleased with the effort as he said his team was sharp for a first game.
C-G hosts Peabody Friday.