Little River played what amounted to the perfect quarter on Friday against Canton-Galva.
After leading only 8-6 after a spirited first quarter, the Redskins erupted for 40 second-quarter points and eventually closed the game out in the fourth quarter for a 62-14 rout.
The victory puts Little River in the driver’s seat for the second playoff spot behind Central Plains. The Redskins are 5-2 overall, while the Eagles dropped to 3-4, though they’ll have a great chance to finish with a winning season as they have two highly winnable games remaining.
C-G coach Shelby Hoppes was concerned going into the game about Little River’s Peyton Harvey and he did indeed prove to be a handful. He rushed for 110 yards and scored five touchdowns. Hunter Thomas, Levi Swenson and Bronson Rains all scored as well. Swenson was 3 of 7 for 89 yards passing.
Landon Everett rushed for 81 yards and Dylan Wood had 65 for the Eagles. Everett ran for one score and threw to Kinser Colgin for the other.
Little River goes to Ellinwood on Friday, while Canton-Galva goes to Goessel.
• Sedgwick 41, Moundridge 7 — The wind went out of the sails for the Wildcats on the third play of the game.
Versatile quarterback Mason Dyck suffered a broken arm for the Wildcats and their dreams of a victory were broken as well.
The emotionally devastated Wildcats never recovered as the Cardinals socked them with 31 first-half points.
Moundridge avoided the shutout with 3 minutes left on a 21-yard run by Cody Hazelton, with Daniel Kaufman booting the PAT.
Sedgwick rolled up 490 yards, 345 through the air on 17-of-26 passing. The Wildcats, coming off an offensive explosion, had to change their game plan with Dyck injured and were held to 153 yards.
Hazelton rushed for 79 yards on just 8 carries, while Sedgwick held Jerod Kaufman — coming off a 288-yard game — to 35 on 13 attempts.
Hooper Schroeder threw for 195 yards and three scores for Sedgwick and Neal Bever was 3 of 3, but for 147 yards and two scores. Braydin Francis caught four balls for 151 yards.
Moundridge is now 2-1 in the district and 2-5 overall. It can still qualify as the No. 2 team.
• Hesston 41, Hillsboro 6 — The Swathers started district play in impressive fashion, scoring four times in the second half after a slow start.
It was just 13-6 at the half, but Hesston scored two touchdowns in each of the final two quarters.
For the second straight game, Parker Roth had an early 80-yard TD run. It was the first of his four TDs on the night and he finished with 188 yards on 12 carries. Cameron Cox rushed for 168 yards on 19 carries and scored twice.
Hesston piled up 595 yards on 56 plays, averaging 10.6 yards a play. Hillsboro was held to just 182 yards.
The Swathers host Southeast of Saline on Friday.
• Smoky Valley 36, Hillsboro 0 — These teams had played nothing but close, intense games in the past.
But this one was over early.
The Vikings won their district opener and are now 6-1 overall after accumulating 28 first-half points.
Kyle Anderson led a crunching Smoky Valley ground game with 135 yards on 22 carries. The Vikes had 59 rushing attempts and 66 plays overall, grounding out 337 total yards while giving up a minuscule 118.
The Vikings host Chapman on Friday.
• Remington 21, Inman 14 — Oh so close.
The Teutons led the Broncos 14-7 midway through the third quarter, but the Broncos tied the game, then won it with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Payton Froese ran for a score and threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Jack Doerksen for the other score.
Inman is now 0-7 and travels to Olathe to play Christ Prep on Saturday.