Little River, Hesston advance

By Steve Sell
November 05, 2014

Records can be deceiving.

Pratt-Skyline entered Tuesday’s 8-Man Division I playoff game with the much-better record at 8-1, but Little River showed it was the much-better team.

Little River rampaged its way to 34 first-quarter points and was able to end the Bi-District game in the fourth quarter for a 62-14 road victory.

The Redskins will host Ness City at 2 p.m. Saturday in the regional finals.

Little River scored at will as the T-Birds had no answer for Grant Harvey, who pounded out 236 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries. Laramie Peters was just as problematic for Skyline as he rushed for 142 yards and scored three times. Clay Zeller, who had 47 yards, also scored a rushing touchdown.

For the game, the Redskins totaled 425 yards on 42 carries for 10 yards a pop.

It was 42-8 at the half and 56-12 after three quarters.

• Hesston 42, Trinity Catholic 28 — The Swathers, down 28-21 at one point in the second half, scored the game’s final 21 points to improve to 10-0 on the year.

Hesston moves on in the Class 3A playoffs to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wichita Collegiate, which won a wild 56-34 decision from Conway Springs in a matchup of state powers.

Hesston entrusted the ball in the hands of the dependable Grant Raleigh, who rushed 32 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns. But Collin Martin really stepped up with 93 yards on 19 carries and two scores. Raleigh hooked up with Zach Esau for the other TD.

Hesston had terrific balance with 267 yards on the ground and 237 through the air. Esau had five catches for 90 yards.