Smoky Valley wins third straight

By Steve Sell
September 24, 2016

It’s rare when a high school football team has a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game.

But it almost never happens that a team has three.

Smoky Valley pulled off that rarity on Friday as Kyle Anderson, Riley Odell and Brett Heitschmidt all broke the century mark in a 36-16 rout of Hillsboro.

Anderson rushed for 154 yards on 25 carries, Odell had 127 on 19 and Heitschmidt, the quarterback, supplied 121 on 15. For good measure, Kaj Sjogren had 40 yards on 10 carries as the Viking ground attack was punishing with an amazing 69 attempts.

Sjogren had two TD runs, while Anderson, Heitschmidt and Odell had one score each. It was all Vikings from the start as they led 29-8 at the half and kept the ball away from the Trojans in the second half with their methodical offense.

For the game, the Vikings totaled 498 yards as Heitschmidt also was 4 of 5 through the air.

Ethan Wampler and Garrett Forsberg were tackle leaders.

The victory was the third straight for the 3-1 Vikings as they surpassed last year’s victory total with the win.

• Solomon 50, Little River 0 — It was a good game for a quarter as the Redskins held the physical Gorillas to just 8 points.

But Solomon scored four times in the second quarter for a 36-0 lead and ended the game in the third quarter due to the point rule.

Solomon had 335 yards of offense to just 104 for Little River, which is now 1-3 on the season.

Clay Zeller was a bright spot with 59 yards on 12 carries for Little River. Peyton Harvey, who had been breaking 100 yards with regularity, was held to 17 on 10 carries.

• Sterling 54, Moundridge 20 — The Wildcats showed more offense in this one, but Sterling piled up 38 first-half points.

The Wildcats mustered 290 yards of offense, 182 of that through the air. But Sterling averaged more than 10 yards a play with 495 on 43 snaps.

Anthony Otte was 7 of 12 for 182 yards and two scores, both to Noah Eichelberger. Dylan Sugars tallied the other MHS touchdowns. He had 79 yards on 21 carries.

Cody Hazelton and Damian Calderon were the tackle leaders.

Moundridge is now 0-4.

• Wakefield 60, Canton-Galva 28 — The Eagles finally got their offense untracked, but their defense — half of it being freshmen starters — couldn’t contain the high-powered Bombers offense.

Dylan Wood was fabulous in defeat as he rushed for 160 yards and caught seven passes for 103. C-G coach Dustin Patee said he had a tremendous night as he displayed his versatility.

Reed Wiens threw for 189 yards as the Eagles’ bubble screen game was working expertly.

C-G is now 0-4 on the season.

• Ell-Saline 42, Inman 13 — Payton Froese, in his first start at quarterback for the injured Keaton Case, turned in an admirable performance.

Froese, playing in his first game as he had missed the first three due to injury, was 14 of 20 for 197 yards and two touchdowns, one to Lucas Barlow and the other to Ben Pankratz. Froese also led the team with 44 yards rushing.

Inman was right there for a half, down just 20-13 as coach Lucas Sawyer said his team battled tooth and nail before running out of steam.

Inman is now 0-4.

• Nickerson 36, Hesston 27 — It was another close loss for Hesston, now 1-3.

The Swathers continue to have defensive problems, as they gave up 24 first-half points.

Parker Roth’s two touchdowns runs led Hesston.