The Smoky Valley High School football team plays its best football at home.

The Smoky Valley High School football team plays its best football at home.

The Vikings have not lost a home game since 2015. However, Smoky Valley’s biggest test awaits Friday night when Holcomb visits Lindsborg with a trip to the Class 4A-II state semifinals on the line.

Holcomb is 9-1 on the season and currently on an eight game winning streak. If the Vikings, who are also 9-1 and on an eight game winning streak, are to keep their season alive, it will require a nearly flawless execution of the game plan.

“[Holcomb] is very solid both offensively and defensively; they run and pass the ball very effectively,” Smoky Valley head coach Tim Lambert said. “They really do not have a weakness that I can see.”

The Longhorns are averaging 27.2 points per game, but have been held under their season average four times. Last Friday, the Vikings held a Wichita Collegiate offense that was averaging 28 points a game to a season-low two points.

A similar defensive performance from the Vikings would go a long way in this quarterfinal matchup.

“We played well defensively (last week), but every game is different and teams do different things with different players,” Lambert said. “Holcomb is very good and if we can keep them contained it will take a great team effort.”

While the Smoky Valley defense was superb last week, the daunting rushing attack was somewhat held in check. The Vikings still managed to rush for 161 yards, but it took 53 attempts.

For a win against Holcomb, Smoky Valley will need its defense and rushing attack to step up at the same time.

“Collegiate has good players and did a great job on our fullback run game,” Lambert said. “We also hurt ourselves with penalties and we can’t do that this week.”

The winner on Friday’s game will face the winner of Clay Center (7-3) and Scott City (10-0) in the state semifinals. Smoky Valley already has a win over Clay Center this season, while Scott City delivered Holcomb its only loss of the season.

Game time in Lindsborg is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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