Central Plains stays perfect with shutout of Little River

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The Central Plains Oilers opened district play with a 46 to 0 road victory over the Little River Redskins.

Central Plains Oiler #5 Alex Hickel rushes with the ball on his way to the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Central Plains Oilers traveled to take on the Little River Redskins at Community Memorial Park in Little River, Kansas on September 21, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The Oilers came into the contest without dropping a district game since 2012. Little River hoped to end that streak and take the top spot in the standings.

Both teams took a little while to warm up after the opening kick off.

Central Plains scored at the 8:23 mark in the first quarter off a 29 yard rush by Alex Hickel. Myles Menges added the two-point conversion.

The rest of the quarter saw a back and forth movement between the two sides. Little River struggled to get past the Central Plains 30 yard line.

8:28 left in the first half saw the Oilers add another touchdown thanks to a 15-yard pass from Myles Menges to Tyler Dingman. The two-point conversion was successful again.

Little River had the ball with about four minutes to go, but a penalty backed them up to a third and 13. The play ended with a broken up pass to Matt Dougherty by quarterback Graham Stephens.

On the very next series, Alex Hickel rushed 31 yards and dove for the end zone to only be ruled a yard short. Myles Menges would call his own number and punch the ball in for a touchdown.

The half ended with the Oilers up by a score of 24 to 0.

Little River won the coin toss before the game and elected to defer. They took the ball to start the second half, but went three and out.

Central Plains' Lawson Oeser carried the ball 12 yards at the 8:53 mark in the third quarter to make it 30 to 0 after a failed two-point conversion.

On the very next Little River possession, a running play ended up in a fumble. The Oilers took advantage of the favorable field position and scored another touchdown in less than a minute. This time Mason Wimmer carried the ball for a short yard to make the score 38 to 0.

Little River moved the ball to midfield but the drive stalled out. They elected to attempt a 53-yard field goal, but the kick fell a few yards short.

After the failed kick, the ball was placed at the Oiler's 15-yard line. Central Plains then marched all the way down the field to three-yard line for a first and goal. Mason Wimmer got the call again as he scored the game-winning touchdown. The game finished after the two-point conversion with 3:09 left in the third quarter.

Oilers Coach Chris Steiner praised his team after the game, "That was a tough game tonight. I know the score doesn't reflect it, but that was a good ball club."

"We tried to put more hands on the football tonight to have some more weapons," said Coach Steiner on some new names showing up on the score sheet.

The victory sees Central Plains improve to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play. They host St. John next week for the Oilers' homecoming game.

Little River suffers their first loss of the year dropping to 3-1 and 0-1 in district play. The Redskins host Pratt-Skyline for their next game.