Hesston, Little River make playoffs

By Steve Sell
October 31, 2014

The Hesston Swathers and Little River Redskins are going bowling.

Well, maybe not to a bowl game, but both football teams have qualified for postseason play next week.

Hesston will be home against Trinity Catholic on Tuesday after a 35-13 victory over Southeast of Saline on Thursday, which completed a 9-0 regular season. Southeast qualifies as the No. 2 team from the district.

The Swathers gave up an early touchdown before scoring the next 21 points. 

It was another huge night for Grant Raleigh, who scored three touchdowns and threw for two more, one to Zach Esau and the other to Scott Duerksen.

Raleigh was a pinpoint 19 of 24 for 238 yards and carried 36 times for 178 yards. The Swather defense was outstanding, permitting just 84 yards on the ground and 101 through the air.

• Little River 46, Solomon 0 — In the winner-take-all game for the No. 2 spot in the district, it was a no-contest as the Redskins blazed to a 24-0 halftime lead and cruised from there, ending the game by the point rule.

The Redskins, 6-3 on the year, play Tuesday at Pratt Skyline.

Grant Harvey returned to action to carry 21 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns. Clay Zeller and Colin January added touchdowns.

• Inman 48, Medicine Lodge 8 — There were finally smiles in Teuton Nation.

Lots of them, in fact.

It took until the last game of the year, but the Teutons put it all together in routing Medicine Lodge to finish 1-8 on the season.

Blayne Konrade had a big game with two rushing touchdowns and two interceptions. Ethan Counsell pounded out 185 yards on 32 carries and scored three times. Ty Strange electrified the crowd with a 66-yard scoring jaunt.

• Canton-Galva 48, Ellinwood 44 — The Eagles completed a second straight 5-4 season under coach Jeff Savage.

Travis Unruh was his usual sensational self with 216 yards passing and 70 yards rushing. Austin Morgan piled up 75 yards rushing.

• Sedgwick 52, Moundridge 0 — District champion Sedgwick tuned up for postseason play by ending the Wildcats’ season at 2-7.

Brylie Ware had a big night as he’s now over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,500 passing. He led an offense that racked up 593 yards against the injury-depleted Wildcats.

Trenton Olson and Joel Holloway rushed for 45 and 40 yards, respectively, for the Wildcats. Kyle Stucky threw for 61.

• Smoky Valley plays host to Chapman tonight, with the winner moving on to the playoffs and the loser staying home.