There’s something different about the Smoky Valley High School football team when they play at home rather than on the road.

Over the past two seasons, the Vikings are 10-0 at home including the playoffs. Friday night in Lindsborg, the Vikings are guaranteed one more home game against traditionally tough Wichita Collegiate to begin the Class 4A-II playoffs.

Last week’s district championship against Clay Center was a big one for Smoky Valley. With a loss, the Vikings would be on the road in the first round of the playoffs. But after outscoring Clay Center 14-0 in the second half, the Vikings won their second straight district championship to secure the home game against the Spartans.

Wichita Collegiate is 5-4 on the year, with losses to Buhler (7-2), Mulvane (6-3), Andale (9-0), and Nickerson (7-2). While the Spartans do not have any bad losses, they lost by at least two touchdowns to each of those playoff teams.

It’s been an up and down season for Wichita Collegiate, who snuck into the playoffs by drilling Wichita Trinity 42-14 last Friday. The Spartans began their season 2-0, but haven’t won back to back games since. Meanwhile, Smoky Valley has won seven straight heading into the playoffs.

The winner of Friday’s game will take on the winner of Holcomb (8-1) and Colby (6-3).

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