Season ends for Vikes, Swathers

By Steve Sell
November 11, 2017

The football season came to an end Friday night for area powers Smoky Valley and Hesston as they lost games on their home turf.

• Holcomb 26, Smoky Valley 6 — The Vikings’ eight-game winning streak was snapped as they fell behind 20-0 in the first half in the Class 4A Division II second-round game.

The Vikings simply couldn’t get their crunching ground game untracked as the Longhorns held them to 149 yards rushing. Holcomb was just as stingy through the air as the Vikings had just one completion.

The Vikings averted the shutout in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Kyle Anderson, who rushed for 54 yards on 19 carries. Brett Heitschmidt had a good night with 50 yards on just 6 attempts. Zach Able had 8 1/2 tackles, 6 of them solos, to lead the defense.

The Vikings were 9-2 this season after going 8-3 in 2016 as coach Tim Lambert has turned the program around.

• Phillipsburg 47, Hesston 7 — The magic carpet ride is over.

Hesston was hoping to advance to the Class 3A state title game for a second straight year, but Phillipsburg ended those dreams with a convincing performance.

Game stats are not available at current time.

Hesston finished the year 8-4 in Tyson Bauerle’s first year.