LINDSBORG — The Hesston Swathers had owned the Smoky Valley football Vikings for more than a decade.
But the Vikings exploded early and often on Friday and rolled to a 49-20 homecoming victory over the Swathers, the first time in 13 years the decision went the Vikings’ way.
What was stunning was that Smoky Valley got this game into running clock as the Swathers, coming off an appearance in the Class 3A title game last year, fell to 2-3 as their defense continues to have problems keeping teams off the scoreboard.
Hesston actually won the yardage battle, 332-324, and it ran more plays, 60-49.
But there was no stopping the time-consuming Viking ground game, which pounded out 264 yards on 45 attempts, while Hesston was held to 132 yards.
Kyle Anderson is in a good groove as he had 117 yards on 16 carries and four scores. Also for the Vikings, Tim Lambert had an 81-yard kickoff return, while Cort Elliott and Raleigh Wilson also reached the end zone.
Elliott had 74 yards rushing on 12 totes. Viking quarterbacks Brett Heitschmidt and Lane Schrag threw the ball only four times, completing three.
Parker Roth rushed for 94 yards and scored a touchdown for Hesston, while Cameron Cox rushed for 36 and a score. Cox threw for 153 yards, with Jorge Morales catching a TD pass.
Zach Able led the Viking defense with six tackles.
• Little River 57, Goessel 12 — Not much surprise here as the Redskins improved to 4-1, while the Bluebirds dropped to 0-5.
Little River needed only 36 plays to pile up 430 yards of offense, while the Redskins’ defense gave up just 200.
It was a big night for Graham Stephens, who caught a pair of TD passes from Levi Swenson and also had a 45-yard interception return for another score.
Swenson was 4 of 6 for 146 yards and three scores. Hunter Thomas ran for 107 yards and two scores, while Swenson added 97 and another score. Peyton Harvey had 61 yards and a TD, while also latching on to a scoring pass.
• Moundridge 20, Remington 19 — A Remington 2-point conversion with 3:49 left in the game was thwarted as the Wildcats gained their first victory of the year.
It was a big night for the combination of Mason Dyck to Noah Eichelberger. Dyck was 9 of 16 for 195 yards, with Eichelberger grabbing 7 for 170 and a score.
Dyck also ran for 81 yards, while Jerod Kaufman added 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Moundridge led 12-6 at the half, but later trailed 13-12. Kaufman’s 4-yard run halfway through the third quarter and a 2-point conversion by Dyck proved to be the winner.
• Central Plains 60, Canton-Galva 0 – The Eagles are now 2-3 after being overwhelmed by prohibitive district favorite Central Plains.
Central Plains jumped out big with a 46-0 first-quarter lead as it had too much of a physical advantage on the Eagles, who start mainly sophomores in their line. C-G was held to 39 yards of offense.
C-G has a good chance to get back on the winning track when it plays at St. John on Friday.
• Medicine Lodge 49, Inman 20 — When these teams have met in the past, it has been low-scoring games.
But a track meet broke out and the Chiefs were able to keep Inman winless on the year.
No individual numbers were reported.