LINDSBORG — The turnaround is complete.
The Smoky Valley Vikings, 2-7 last year, finished off a 7-2 regular season on Friday by winning their district in a head-to-head showdown with Clay Center.
Riley Odell’s touchdown and a 2-point conversion pass from Bret Heitschmidt to Dahlton Cline proved to be the game-decider in overtime as the Vikings were a 30-28 winner.
The Vikings had the ball first in the OT and put up 8 points, then Clay Center scored. But the 2-point run was no good and a wild celebration ensued.
The Vikings had tied the game with 1:02 left in regulation on a 2-yard run by Kyle Anderson, but the PAT was blocked.
Smoky’s ground game was relentless as it compiled 349 yards rushing and the Vikes only threw it three times.
Odell and Anderson pounded out 163 and 144 yards, respectively. Odell had two TD runs as did Anderson. The Vikings trailed 16-0 at one point.
Smoky Valley will now be home on Friday to take on Nickerson.