Little River wins eighth straight

 LITTLE RIVER — Combine a 6 p.m. start with a dominant performance and the Little River High School football team was home in time to go trick or treating Thursday night. 

Little River won its eighth straight game, defeating South Gray 54-0 in the first round of the 8-Man Division I Playoffs. Little River scored 14 points in the first quarter, then exploded for 40 in the second. 

Graham Stephens and Jayden Garrison led the way offensively. Stephens rushed for four touchdowns while Garrison added two. Evan Johanning returned an interception for a touchdown, and Grant Stephens added a six-yard rushing touchdown to conclude the scoring. 

Little River, now 8-1, hosts Ness City, also 8-1, next Friday in the second round of the playoffs. 

Wildcats end season at Hodgeman County

JETMORE — On the first play of the game, Hodgeman County forced a safety on Moundridge to go up 2-0. That was the type of game it turned out to be for the Wildcats. 

Hodgeman County improved to 8-1 while Moundridge fell to 4-5 in Thursday’s 54-0 loss for the Wildcats. 

Moundridge was able to move the ball, but failed to put up points. The Wildcats gained 176 yards of total offense. Quarterback Corbin Unruh threw 131 yards, but four interceptions was the dagger. Unruh also rushed for a team-high 30 yards. 

Hodgeman County had no answer for Jon Schlosser, who caught six passes for 95 yards. Defensively, Brady Helms led the Wildcats with five tackles. 

Hodgeman County will face Spearville (5-4) in the next round of the playoffs.