Top-seed Stratton/Liberty, third-seed Arickaree/Woodlin and fourth-seed Otis have advanced to the 6-man quarterfinals Saturday after cruising to big wins in the first round of the playoffs last weekend.

Stratton/Liberty

Top-seed Stratton/Liberty will be making the trip to Granada for the 6-man quarterfinals, Saturday. The Knighted Eagles rolled in their playoff opener last Saturday at Liberty, 68-0 over 16th-seed Manzanola.

Granada, the eighth seed, opened with a 40-7 win over ninth-seed Mountain Valley. The two teams met in Granada on October 5, with Stratton/Liberty posting a 52-12 win. Saturday’s quarterfinal kicks off at 1 p.m.

The Knighted Eagles came out hot, last Saturday, scoring 32 points in the first seven minutes of the game to take the lead after one quarter. Jaret Lichty scored on a run of 17 yards, Eltan Yarger scored on a 20-yard run, and Ethan Richmond scored on two runs of 24 and 34 yards. Ignacio Biaxias made the first four PAT kicks. In the second quarter, Richmond scored on a 71-yard run, Yarger added a 67-yard run and Owen Clapper a 55-yard run to make the score 50-0 at halftime.

Stratton/Liberty’s Jon Gallardo goes up for a catch during the first-round win over Manzanola, last Saturday at Liberty. (KC Holtman)

Clapper scored first in the second half on a 14-yard run, Zeke Craig found Jon Gallardo on a three-yard pass and Charlie Clapper scored on a 52-yard run to make the final score 68-0.

Freshman Riggin Williams led in tackles with 10 total. Thirteen Knighted Eagles recorded at least three tackles, with 10 going for a loss. Richmond led the rushing attack with 161 yards and three touchdowns on four carries. Yarger rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, O. Clapper 80 yards and two touchdowns on three carries, C. Clapper more than 50 yards on five carries, J. Lichty 17 yards and one touchdown on one carry, Williams nine yards on four carries.

Arickaree/Woodlin

The Arickaree/Woodlin Indian Mustangs are moving on to the 6-man quarterfinals, hosting the Prairie Mustangs, Saturday 1 p.m. at Arickaree.

The Indian Mustangs advanced with a first-round victory over the Genoa-Hugo Pirates, 56-7, last Friday night at Arickaree School.

The Indian Mustangs took control of the game early and kept their dominance throughout the contest. The Pirates tried to drive the ball, but almost every drive was stopped! The home team scored time after time and came away with a 56-7 win to advance to the next round of playoffs.

Arickaree/Woodlin’s Arturo Ramos holds on to Genoa-Hugo’s Colby Simmons, last Friday night at Arickaree. (KC Holtman)

Assistant Coach Kerry Sherman stated, ”The guys came out ready to play. They had a quiet confidence during the week and it manifested into a great performance in all three phases of the game. Our offense scored on two of our first three plays, and the defense got involved in the scoring with an interception returned for a TD by Kevin Ramirez. He had a great night, also scoring on a punt return and on a designed run. We also got touchdowns from Andy Miller, Michael McCaffrey, and Arturo Ramos, all in the first half. For the second straight week, our JV got extended playing time, and they performed really well. They nearly kept the shutout alive, getting two big stops in their three defensive series, and they punched one score in of their own. Alan McCaffrey turned a broken play into a touchdown pass to Tristan Niccoli. It was just a check down that Tristan took for more than 40 yards.

“We scrimmaged Prairie before the season and did some good things. We are a much different team than we were back then. If we stay focused on the task at hand and do the little things, we have a shot to get past them and work our way into the semifinals. But every rep, in practice and in the game, is critical.”

Otis

The Arickaree/Woodlin Indian Mustangs are moving on to the 6-man quarterfinals, hosting the Prairie Mustangs, Saturday 1 p.m. at Arickaree.

The Indian Mustangs advanced with a first-round victory over the Genoa-Hugo Pirates, 56-7, last Friday night at Arickaree School.

The Indian Mustangs took control of the game early and kept their dominance throughout the contest. The Pirates tried to drive the ball, but almost every drive was stopped! The home team scored time after time and came away with a 56-7 win to advance to the next round of playoffs.

Assistant Coach Kerry Sherman stated, ”The guys came out ready to play. They had a quiet confidence during the week and it manifested into a great performance in all three phases of the game. Our offense scored on two of our first three plays, and the defense got involved in the scoring with an interception returned for a TD by Kevin Ramirez. He had a great night, also

Bryce Miracle races for a touchdown against Cotopaxi, last Saturday afternoon. (Pioneer Photo)

scoring on a punt return and on a designed run. We also got touchdowns from Andy Miller, Michael McCaffrey, and Arturo Ramos, all in the first half. For the second straight week, our JV got extended playing time, and they performed really well. They nearly kept the shutout alive, getting two big stops in their three defensive series, and they punched one score in of their own. Alan McCaffrey turned a broken play into a touchdown pass to Tristan Niccoli. It was just a check down that Tristan took for more than 40 yards.

“We scrimmaged Prairie before the season and did some good things. We are a much different team than we were back then. If we stay focused on the task at hand and do the little things, we have a shot to get past them and work our way into the semifinals. But every rep, in practice and in the game, is critical.”