Area roundup: Little River upsets Solomon

By Steve Sell
September 23, 2017

The Little River Redskins are turning into undefeated-season busters.

Last week Little River handed Wakefield its first loss of the year and then on Friday, the Redskins dealt previously undefeated Solomon a stunning 50-26 setback to move to 3-1 on the season.

Hunter Thomas was immense for the Redskins as he ran for five touchdowns despite rushing for only 62 yards. Peyton Harvey added 93 yards and a score, while quarterback Levi Swenson added 58 yards and a touchdown.

Little River led only 28-20 at the half and then increased the lead after that.

Solomon actually won the yardage battle as it had 327 to 284 for the Redskins.

• Smoky Valley 50, Hillsboro 14 — The Vikings led only 12-7 at the half, but exploded for 38 points in the second half to pound the Trojans.

Of the 58 Viking snaps, 56 were rushing plays. Kyle Anderson had a monster game with 246 yards rushing and two scores, while Tim Lambert added 77 yards and another touchdown. Chipping in with two scores and 62 yards on the ground was Cort Elliott and Brett Heitschmidt also rushed for a TD. Zion Thomas got into the scoring act with a pick-six.

• Wakefield 52, Canton-Galva 26 — The Eagles hung tough early on, down just 20-12, but the Bombers got it going from there to end C-G’s two-game winning streak.

Wakefield had 355 yards of total offense while holding the Eagles in check, permitting just 211.

Landon Everett threw for 116 yards and ran for 59 to lead the Eagles. Dylan Wood caught 9 passes for 58 yards and a couple of scores. Everett added a rushing touchdown and Jonah Sargent had a 73-yard kickoff return to account for the other points.

• Nickerson 47, Hesston 21 — Just as last year, Hesston was handed a loss by the Panthers, who held the pinball offense of the Swathers to just 203 yards after they were averaging more than 450.

Parker Roth, who had enjoyed a pair of 200-yard rushing games, was the focal point of the Nickerson defense as he had just 14 yards on 12 carries. Cameron Cox threw for 190 yards and two TDs, with Reese Nebel catching 8 balls for 121 yards and a couple of scores. For the second straight week Hesston had a defensive touchdown as Mitchell Martin had a fumble return for a TD.

• Sterling 42, Moundridge 7 — After playing three highly competitive games, the Wildcats were never in it against speedy Sterling, which piled up 35 points in the first half and coasted from there.

After being down 21-0 at the half, the Vikes struck first after the break on a 30-yard pass from the returning Mason Dyck to Noah Eichelberger.

The Wildcats struggled on the ground as Jerod Kaufman led the rushing with just 29 yards and as a team, MHS was held to 96 yards of total offense.

• Ell-Saline 35, Inman 0 — The Teutons’ offense again struggled as they now have scored just four touchdowns in four games.

The loss dropped Inman to 0-4, but it plays Medicine Lodge next week, a team they have had good success against in the past.