Little River looking for revenge at South Central

Last season, the Little River High School football team had its season ended by South Central in the first round of the playoffs. This season, the Redskins have a shot at revenge.

Little River will once again travel to Coldwater for a shot at district champions South Central to kick off the playoffs. Thanks to last year’s playoff game, a 54-28 South Central win, both teams know what to expect heading into Friday.

“Both South Central and us lost about the same number of seniors to graduation and both of us have some key returners that have made our seasons successful,” Little River head coach Chad Lafferty said. “[South Central] runs a lot of the same looks as last year with lots of shifting and motion. We both have some different offensive looks that fit our teams.”

Lafferty says if the Redskins are to pull of the road win, they will need to execute the small things.

“Keys to the game will be taking care of the ball and our offensive line staying on their blocks,” Lafferty said. “Defensively, it will be breaking down and making tackles and keying our reads.”

South Central (8-1) enters on a five-game winning streak; its only loss of the season came on Sept. 22 to Hodgeman County, 30-27. The Timberwolves have an explosive offense that averages 45 points a game, and a defense that has recorded six shutouts.

Little River has the offensive firepower to put points on South Central, but the Redskins’ defense will need to step up in a big way.

“Throughout the season, I think our defense has made the biggest strides,” Lafferty said. “Our players have realized that doing their job defensively is key to the whole defense being successful. Trusting that their teammates will be where they need to be is one thing that took a little while for our guys to buy in to.”

Regardless of the outcome Friday night, it’s been a great season for the Redskins. Going undefeated in the Wheat State League and winning seven games are great accomplishments, however, Lafferty’s team is hungry for much more.

“So far the season has been successful but I really believe these guys are wanting more than what they have accomplished so far,” Lafferty said. “Those are the type of players you want; one’s that aren’t satisfied with what they did last week. We talk about being 0-0 each week and the goal is to be 1-0 at the end of each game. That’s the mentality we will keep throughout the rest of the year.”

Game time in Coldwater is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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