Eight-Player I championship football preview: Little River vs. Meade

By Blake Chadwick

Eight-Player I

Who: Little River (12-0) vs. Meade (12-0)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fischer Field, Newton


Little River Redskins

Coach Kevin Ayers

Key players

DE/G Kaden Schafer, senior, 5-10, 225 pounds (62 total tackles)

NG/G Kyle Bruce, senior, 6-1, 230 pounds (56 total tackles)

FB/LB Grant Stephens, junior, 5-10, 180 pounds (85 total tackles)

ATH Braxton Lafferty, junior, 5-11, 185 pounds (1928 all-purpose yards and 37 total touchdowns)

TE/DE Ty Herzog, senior, 6-1, 170 pounds (53 total tackles and 3.5 sacks)

QB Rylan Konen, junior, 6-0, 160 pounds (778 passing yards, 14 touchdowns/2 interceptions and 19 rushing touchdowns)

What makes your team special?

“Blue-collar team that plays for each other.  Willing to do the little things to make the big things happen.”

Who have been key players for you this season?

“The leadership of our seniors has been vital in our success.”

What got your team into the state championship game?

“This is a resilient bunch that have had to face a lot of adversity.  We have been down by two scores in the last three playoff games but have continued to battle and find a way to win. There is no quit in these kids. They believe in each other and will fight to the end.”

What does your team need to do in order to win the state championship game?

“We need to be who we say we are — a physical, disciplined football team that plays with great emotion.”