LINDSBORG — Defense wins championships, and Friday night in Lindsborg it won Smoky Valley High School a playoff game.
For the second straight season, the Vikings won their opening playoff game, this time a 12-2 win over Wichita Collegiate. The Vikings, who are 11-0 at home over the past two seasons, will host Holcomb (9-1) next Friday in the quarterfinals of state.
After nearly 21 minutes of scoreless football, Smoky Valley’s Riley Odell punched the ball into the end zone from two yards out to give the Vikings a 6-0 lead.
The game remained 6-0 until 10:30 left in the fourth quarter when the Spartans were able to force SVHS quarterback Brett Heitschmidt into an intentional grounding penalty from his own end zone.
But the Spartans couldn’t do anything offensively, as a Kyle Anderson touchdown from five yards out with 33 seconds left put the icing on the cake.
Smoky Valley rushed for 161 yards led by 106 from Anderson. The SVHS defense held Wichita Collegiate to just 182 total yards and only 68 rushing yards. The Vikings defense also forced the Spartans into three turnovers on the night.
The Vikings will have their hands full next Friday when Holcomb comes to town. The Longhorns’ lone loss came on Sept. 8 to top-ranked and undefeated Scott City. Since then, Holcomb has won eight straight. The Vikings have also won eight straight, however, and will be fired up to play in front of a home crowd that truly gives them an advantage.
Game time in Lindsborg is scheduled for 7 p.m.