It hasn’t been a typical year for the Wichita Collegiate Spartans.
Normally a football team that loses very few games in a season, the Spartans were— by their lofty standards — a pedestrian 5-4 during the regular season.
But they advanced to postseason play and go into Lindsborg on Friday to take on the Smoky Valley Vikings, who are making their second straight appearance in postseason play.
Kickoff at Anderson Field is 7 p.m.
The Spartans were 2-1 in district play and swamped by Nickerson 48-14, while winning over Clearwater (40-20) and Wichita Trinity (42-14).
Despite their less-than-glossy record, Viking coach Tim Lambert holds the Spartans in high regard and also knows they played a tough schedule, which included losses to Buhler, Mulvane and Andale, all in the 4A Division I playoffs.
“Wichita Collegiate a good team with lots of tradition,” said Lambert, whose team has won seven in a row since losing to Larned in Week 2. “We will have to play well.”
Lambert said the Vikings will have to be prepared for the Spartans’ offensive balance as they throw the ball better than most of the teams they faced this year. Defensively, he says they’re well coached and very disciplined.
The Vikings are coming off a district-winning 30-16 victory over Clay Center, breaking a 16-all halftime tie with two scores. They did not throw a single pass as they pounded the ball at the Tiger defense.
The winner of Friday’s game will be matched against the Holcomb-Colby winner next week.