LINDSBORG — The Class 3A District 5 football playoff picture can become much clearer on Friday.
Smoky Valley, in the driver’s seat at 3-0 in the district, can move one step closer to a perfect regular season when it hosts always-competitive Halstead.
Meanwhile, Hesston and Chapman tangle. Both those teams are 2-1, as is Halstead.
In points, Smoky is plus 50, Chapman is plus 33, Halstead is plus 26 and Hesston is plus 16.
Smoky Valley would assure itself of advancing to the playoffs with a win. All the Vikings have left is winless Rock Creek.
The Vikings won the showdown of unbeatens last week with a 30-22 victory over Chapman, leading by as many as 16 in the second half. They are now 6-0 on the season.
Tim Lambert rushed for 156 yards and was augmented by Lane Schrag, who had 130 yards on just 8 tries. Blake Heble again led the Viking defense.
Halstead is certainly capable. It lost early in the season to Pratt 32-16 and its other loss came to Hesston 38-22, but it’s a different Swather team now that Cameron Cox and Parker Roth are back.
• District Standings •
1. Smoky Valley, 3-0 (plus 50)
2. Chapman, 2-1 (plus 33)
3. Halstead, 2-1 (plus 26)
4. Hesston, 2-1 (plus 16)
5. Clay Center, 0-3 (minus 62)
6. Rock Creek, 0-3 (minus 63)