LYONS — Smoky Valley had exactly the kind of game they needed just before the start of Class 4A district play next week; an almost leisurely 56-28 blowout of Lyons that allowed returning quarterback Ethan Loder to shake off some rust.
The Vikings did their damage on the ground, as is their normal operating procedure since the injury to Loder just before the season started back in August. Smoky Valley had 355 yards rushing, with senior Matt Guerrero accounting or 222 yards, alone.
Guerrero set the tempo with a 49-yard run in the first quarter,then proceeded to score three more times in the second quarter and once in the fourth.
Christian Hansen continued his stellar work at quarterback, rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cole Norberg in the first quarter.
Hansen stepped back into his slot-back position for a few plays, allowing Loder to get his feet back under him in a game situation. As the Vikings head to McPherson to start district play, Smoky Valley head coach Chris Hattabaugh is expecting Loder to take the reigns fully next week.
“Ethan brings more to the quarterback position,” Hattabaugh said. “It really opens up our offense.”
That isn’t to say that Hansen will fade into the background, as he will move back to the slot.
“Christian is a really good slot receiver,” Hattabaugh said. “He is an extremely intelligent kid and easily learned both positions.”
The Vikings moved to 6-0 on the year with the win, cinching up the CKL North in the process.
La Crosse downs Inman 50-12
INMAN — The final score may not have been in the favor of the Teutons, but head coach Mike Vernon couldn’t have been any prouder of his team’s effort Friday night against La Crosse.
“A loss is a loss,” Vernon said, “but we did some things [Friday night] that we can build a program on. I’m so proud of the way the kids and the way they played. I’m proud of the way they carried themselves.”
The Leopards won 50-12 in the Class 2-1A district battle, though Vernon feels his team was never really out of the ballgame, as his team played a full, four quarters despite the score.
“Other than a couple of times in the first half,” Vernon said, “we played really well. We just got beat over the top on some passes.”
Quarterback Justin Friesen had the best night on offense for the Teutons, as he was 11-for-18 with 149 yards passing and a touchdown. He also scrambled or 56 yards and a touchdown.
Page 2 of 2 - Tyler Cottam and Logan Hall both added 45 yards on the ground for Inman (4-2, 1-1 Dist. 5).
The Teutons are at home again Friday, as they host Herington.
Solomon out-paces Canton-Galva in track meet
SOLOMON — The final score looked more like something you would expect out of a basketball game.
Solomon and Canton-Galva collided in an 8-Man Division I, District 5 battle Friday night, with the Gorillas winning 94-60.
“We couldn’t stop them and they couldn’t stop us for the most part,” Canton-Galva coach Jeff Savage said.
The Eagles (3-3, 0-1 Dist. 5) had both quarterback Cody Savage and receiver Trey Moddelmog back in the line up after both sat out last week due to injuries. The return of Savage, especially, was welcome, as the senior had a hand in most of the Canton-Galva’s scores in the wild shootout.
Savage opened up with a two-yard touchdown run, then followed that up with a 40-yard run and scoring passes to Travis Unruh and Moddelmog. Unruh also had a touchdown pass of his own, an eight-yard toss to A.J. Medley.
In the end, though, the size of Solomon (6-0, 2-0) proved the difference maker.
“We new what was coming,” Jeff Savage said, “we just couldn’t make plays to stop them.”
The Eagles will try to pick up their first district win next week, as they host Pretty Prairie.
LIttle River escapes Lincoln with 36-34 win
LINCOLN — The Redskins apparently decided to make things interesting down the stretch against Lincoln Friday night.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Little River was up 28-14 on Lincoln when the Leopards made a furious comeback, just barely falling short 36-24.
“We played really well the first half,” Redskin coach Paul Dold said. “We moved the ball well and stopped them on defense. But we started playing them a little soft in the second half and they started trowing the ball and completing it.”
Little River (4-2, 2-0 Dist. 5) had 224 yards rushing in the game, led by Grant Harvey’s 104 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Laramie Peters aded 88 yards and a touchdown.
Cordell Moore connected on 8-of-13 passes for 108 yards with a touchdown pass to Trevor Smyres.
The Redskins are at home next week against undefeated Solomon.