CLAY CENTER — It’s been quite the two year span for the Smoky Valley High School football team.
After going 8-3 last year, including a district championship and a playoff win, the Vikings had big plans for this year. Friday night in Clay Center, the Vikings marched one step closer to their goal.
Wit the district championship on the line, the Vikings scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to escape Clay Center with the win and some hardware. Tied at 16 at halftime, the Vikings pulled away in the second half thanks to a rushing touchdown from Kyle Anderson and another one from Riley Odell.
All 373 total yards from Smoky Valley came on the ground, including 183 from Anderson, 85 from Odell, and 76 yards from Cort Elliott. Anderson and Odell each had two rushing touchdowns on the night.
Clay Center led twice in the first half, but each time the Vikings responded with a touchdown. The Vikings have now won seven straight games.
Smoky Valley concludes the regular season with an 8-1 record. They will host Wichita Collegiate (5-4) on Friday to begin the playoffs. While Collegiate has a slightly average record, its losses have come against Buhler, Mulvane, Andale, and Nickerson — all playoff teams.
For the second year in a row, the Vikings will host a home playoff game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p. m. in Lindsborg.