Vikings earn week five Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel.

LINDSBORG — The Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel goes this week to the Smoky Valley High School football team. They snapped a 13-game losing streak to Hesston with a 49-20 Homecoming win in Lindsborg Friday night to improve to 4-1 on the season and win the coveted award.

The Vikings held a 16-6 lead after the first quarter before scoring 33 unanswered points to put the game out of reach at 49-6 with 9:36 left to play in the game. The Swathers managed a couple of late TD's off the Vikings reserves to give an appearance of the game being closer than it was. The Sentinel sports staff presented the award to coach Tim Lambert and his team at practice Monday.

"We appreciate the recognition as it was a good win for our program and our community and we're excited about this team going forward," said Lambert. "It's just nice to have somebody recognize the hard work that our young men have put in."

Other teams considered this week for the team of the week award were the McPherson High School volleyball and football teams. The volleyball team won the Spring Hill Invitational, going 5-0 for the tournament to take the title. The Bullpups football team put 62 points on the board, in the first half, in a 62-7 annihilation of Circle.

The Vikings have a three-game win streak going back to their 36-6 win over Haven, followed by a road -win over Hillsboro 50-14 before Friday night's victory. Their only loss this season was at Larned on Sept. 8 after opening the season with a win over Halstead in their home opener. One of the factors in the success for Smoky Valley so far this year has been team work and Lambert was pleased with how this group of guys exemplify what being a team is all about.

"For the most part they get along and they're kind of goofy sometimes and they're kind of goofy together," Lambert explained. "You know football can be a long season if you play into November and I think you've got to have some fun, you got to find a way that during the long stretch of the season you find a way to have some fun and enjoy what you're doing because it's hard and they've done a good job of that. At the same time they've learned how to work hard and work together and we've just gotten a little better each week and I think it's a credit to them and their willingness to be coachable and to take what we're telling them and buy into that. It's been really a joy to be part of it."

Smoky Valley goes back on the road this Friday night at Lyons. The Lions are 0-5 on the season with their latest loss coming at Haven 48-30. This is the final tune up for the Vikings before district play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Lyons High School.

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