Redskins scored seven, first-half touchdowns to win the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel.

LITTLE RIVER — Led by junior tailback Hunter Thomas, the Little River High School football team beat Wakefield Friday night 58-12 during its Homecoming. The win earned the Redskins the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week, presented by the McPherson Sentinel.

Thomas scored on touchdown runs of 34, 2 and 25 yards and added three, two-point conversions for a total of 24 points scored in the game. Senior quarterback Levi Swenson added three touchdown passes, one touchdown run and a two-point conversion to the Redskins scoring attack. Graham Stephens, Bronson Raines and Peyton Harvey were each on the receiving end of a Swenson TD pass, with Stephens adding a two-point PAT to help their team earn the coveted award.

"It's a good honor to have," said Little River head coach Chad Lafferty. "We played pretty well this past weekend so it's nice to be recognized for the team's efforts and how well they came back after a loss last week. They played really well and we challenged our offensive line and they came through with their pass blocking and run blocking to give our backs holes to get through and our quarterback time to throw. So they're kind of making it a team deal so we make sure we celebrate as a team when good things happen and we did a really good job of doing that this past week."

Little River was celebrating Homecoming Friday night and that, combined with coming off a disappointing loss the previous week to Bennington, motivated the Redskins against the Bombers to change the things they were doing.

"I think it came down to more of a mindset and intensity this week," Lafferty said. "We talked about that as you really got to have the mindset to come out there and do good things and obviously returning that kickoff the very first time helped out a lot to build that mindset to let's get after it and have some intensity and take it to somebody else instead of having them take it to us."

The other two teams that were finalists for this week's award were the McPherson High School tennis and football teams. The tennis team mixed up their lineup and used it to win the Smoky Valley Invitational. The Bullpups football team put together its most complete game so far in winning its home-opener 38-14 over Winfield.

Little River's football team is now one of the finalists, along with Inman volleyball and Canton-Galva football, for the Fall Sports Team of the Year award that will be presented at the end of the fall sports season. All Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week recipients are automatically qualified to be considered for the Team of the Year honor.

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