The Smoky Valley Vikings will take some much-needed momentum into next Friday’s McPherson County showdown at Anderson Stadium.
The Vikings turned to their defense to stuff Lyons 20-6 Friday night to halt a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-2 with their district opener looming with Class 4A power McPherson.
It was all Vikings in the first half, as they powered their way to a 20-0 lead. Ethan Loder ran for one touchdown and threw to favorite target Holden Hendricks for a 47-yard strike. Curtis Carlson ran a yard for another score, as the Vikes had this one salted away by halftime. The Lions’ only score came halfway through the fourth quarter.
Little River 58,
Little River was up 22-8 at the half before erupting for 36 second-half points.
Chet Cordell had a monster game with 32 carries for 196 yards and four rushing touchdowns, while catching a pass for a fifth. He also tied with Dylan Karraker for the team lead in tackles with nine.
Tevin Renken threw for two scores and ran for another. He was 9 of 17 for 115 yards. Ethan Wright and Trevor Smyres also had TDs.
Little River improved to 5-1 on the year.
Once-beaten Sedgwick was simply overwhelming, rolling up a 40-0 halftime lead.
Logan Thompson was a one-man band, rushing for 128 yards and five touchdowns, while throwing for 132 and another score. Dalton Brandt added 138 yards and two scores for the Cardinals.
Colby Badman rushed for 51 yards to lead MHS and accounted for the lone Wildcat score.
“We were out of it by the end of the first quarter,” said MHS coach Courtney Moddelmog, whose team is now 1-5. “We did not tackle well enough to stay in the game and we gave them a short field all night. We’ve got to buck up and get tougher and tackle when we are in position.”
La Crosse 56,
The Leopards showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the state.
But early, Inman had some excitement.
Tyler Cottam returned the opening kickoff for a TD to give the Teutons a lead and then the Inman defense came up with a three-and-out.
But from there, it was all La Crosse, as it scored 42 unanswered points to close out the first half.
Tanner Mortimer picked up the other Inman TD.
“They were even better than advertised,” said Inman coach Mike Vernon, whose team is now 4-2 but still in the running for a playoff spot. “They were even better than they looked on film. They were very, very well coached. Their team speed was impressive.”
Canton-Galva, now 3-3, led 8-6 early, but all that seemed to do was wake up the Gorillas.
“We came out and kind of punched them in the mouth early. I don’t think anyone had done that to them this year,” C-G coach Jeff Savage said. “We did some good things. But they are just so big and physical. We were starting three freshmen on defense and they were simply too big and strong for us.”
Cody Savage threw a touchdown pass to Tanner Klingensmith and scored on a run. Solomon ended the game at the half and still hasn’t played a full game this year.