LINDSBORG — 21-20 seemed to be a magical score in McPherson County on Friday.
Not only did McPherson High advance in the state playoffs with a 21-20 win over Andale, but up the road at Anderson Field Smoky Valley did by the same score, as Skyler DeMott’s PAT after a Kyle Anderson touchdown in overtime sent the town into a wild celebration as the Vikings eliminated Nickerson.
The Vikings continued their amazing turnaround as they are now 8-2 after going just 2-7 last year.
Anderson had scored on a 2-yard run with 3:43 left in the game to tie it up at 14.
Anderson also scored Smoky’s first touchdown in the first quarter, as well as the 2-point conversion, as the Vikings took an 8-0 lead into the halftime break.
Nickerson scored twice in the third quarter, with the TDs coming less than 3 minutes apart to take a 14-8 lead.
The Vikings’ crushing ground game was led by Anderson with 163 yards on 23 carries, while Riley Odell just missed the century mark with 98 on 19 tries. Nickerson actually had the advantage in total offense, 336-298.
Tim Lambert had a huge game on defense with 11 tackles, 10 of them solo stops.
The Vikings will head to Pratt on Friday. The Greenbacks were an easy winner over Colby, 49-26.
• Smith Center 56, Moundridge 6 — The Redmen jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead and ended the Wildcats’ season.
Moundridge, after starting 0-5, won three of four to get into the Class 2-1A playoffs, only to run into a legendary program.
Noah Eichelberger caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Otte for the Moundridge score.
Still, getting back to the playoffs was a goal for coach Jeremiah Meeks in his first year and the team accomplished that.