Area roundup: Vikings make postseason

By Steve Sell
October 22, 2016

The Smoky Valley Vikings are heading to the playoffs.

The Vikings clinched a spot in the Class 4A Division II playoffs with a 44-0 rout of Chapman on Friday.

Smoky Valley, 2-0 in the district and 6-2 overall, hosts Clay Center next week in the game that determines which team will host a postseason game while the other will be on the road.

The Vikings’ punishing ground game and flawless defense keyed the win. Amazingly, Chapman ran only 26 plays and had 18 yards of total offense as Viking sacks led to minus-23 yards rushing.

Riley Odell charged to 104 yards and a score, while Brett Heitschmidt added 83 on 11 totes and also found the end zone. Kyle Anderson scored twice and rushed for 65 yards, while Tim Lambert and Cort Elliott also scored. Skyler DeMott chipped in with a field goal.

Zach Able led the defense as he was the top tackler. Beck Elliott had a pair of quarterback sacks.

• Moundridge 33, Medicine Lodge 0 — All the Wildcats can do is wait and hope.

MHS finished its district play at 2-2 by hammering the Chiefs, the only winless team in the district. The Wildcats play next week at Peru, Okla. in a non-district game.

Moundridge had 433 yards of offense. Dylan Sugars pounded out 131 yards and scored twice, while Jerod Kaufman had 86 yards and a score. Cody Hazelton had only 10 carries, but had 80 yards. Parker Lange caught a TD pass from Anthony Otte and the other score came from Damian Calderon.

Sugars also was the tackle leader.

• Inman 38, Christ Prep 15 – The Teutons made it three wins in four weeks after an 0-4 start with a non-conference cruise.

Payton Froese was 20 of 27 for 276 yards and two TDs. Jaxon Eddy rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries.

Kane Thimmesch scored two rushing TDs and Froese had one. Froese hooked up with Ethan DeWitt five times for 107 yards and two scores.

Inman is 2-1 in district play and hosts Sedgwick next week in the game that has major implications. If the Teutons win, they’re in. If not, then it goes to the points.

• Canton-Galva 40, Goessel 32 – The Eagles are still alive, even though they need a lot of things to happen.

C-G improved to 2-2 in district play and 2-6 overall behind a terrific offensive performance.

Reed Wiens was 10 of 13 for 110 yards and two scores, while backs Jonah Sargent (16 for 66), Wiens (18 for 56) and Dylan Wood (18 for 95) led a ball-control offense.

C-G is on the road next week to Ellinwood.

• Ellinwood 58, Little River 36 — The Redskins are still alive, but Ellinwood won for the first time in district play as Little River is now 3-5 overall.

The loss spoiled a solid game by Clay Zeller, who threw for 194 yards and three scores while rushing for another.

Payton Harvey had 10 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Thomas had a TD run.

Little River is now 2-2 in the district and plays at St. John next week. Central Plains is the district leader, while Little River, Canton-Galva and Ellinwood all still alive.

• Hesston 34, Southeast of Saline 26 — Hesston has all but clinched a 3A playoff spot, handing Southeast its first loss of the year.

The Swathers are 2-0 in the district and 5-3 overall as their fourth straight win. They wrap up home field for sure next week if they can win against Marion.

The game wasn’t as close as the final indicates as the Trojans scored two late touchdowns.

Parker Roth ran for 127 yards and two scores to lead Hesston, which also received two TD passes and a scoring run from Zach Esau. Esau was 12 of 17 for 150 yards and rushed for 79 more. Zach Vogt caught both TD passes.