Little River reaches first title game in 19 years

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 12:49 AM CST
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MADISON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Choosing to take the ball on offense to start the take, Little River set the tone early and never looked back in their 48-24 win over Madison Friday night.

The Redskins two quarterback system of Jayden Garrison and Graham Stephens controlled the game offensively as the defense pitched a first half shutout and never looked back in reaching their 10th title game in school history--and first since 2001.

Stephens got the scoring started taking a short handoff to make it 6-0, leaving the rest of the scoring to Garrison. The senior punched in two first half scores to get it to 20-0 at the break, then added three more on the ground and one through the air for six total touchdowns on the day.

It was part of a day that saw Garrison clear both 200 yards rushing and 100 through the air, a signature performance that got longtime coach Kevin Ayers back in the state championship game in his second year with the team.

Little River is the third team Ayers has taken to the state title game, previously winning titles with both Jetmore and Wallace County. Ayers’ first state title came in 2001--there he lead Jetmore past Little River in the last state title game appearance for the Redskins.

After doubling up previously unbeaten Madison, Little River will take on an unbeaten foe for a second straight week, meeting Wichita County in Newton for the 8-Man Division One championship next Saturday.

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