ANDALE — Smoky Valley’s football team can at least say it may have lost to the potential Class 4A Division II state champions to end its football season Friday night.
The injury-ravaged Vikings fought valiantly against No. 1-ranked Andale, but the Indians had too many weapons in a 49-18 victory.
It didn’t help the Vikings that All-Stater Hunter Knoblauch was making his return after missing four games. He rushed for 174 yards on just 12 carries as Andale took control of the game early. Knoblauch dashed 67 yards on the first play from scrimmage to set the tone.
Anthony Capul added 99 yards on three carries, but one of those was an 85-yard jaunt.
Even though Andale is known for the run, it was the air where it did a lot of damage. Luke Waldstad threw for four touchdowns, three of them to Hank Eck.
The Vikings finished their season with a 5-5 record.
Cole Norberg rushed for more than 100 yards and passed for more than 150 for the Vikes. Smoky Valley, which started the year with 17 seniors, dressed only nine due to injurries.
The Vikings' five losses this year came against teams that made the playoffs and won first-round games.