VIKINGS STUMBLE AT LARNED!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
(Post is SPONSORED BY ROBYN’S PHOTOGRAPHY)
Despite dominating time of possession and number of offensive plays, the Smoky Valley football team opened their 2019 season with a 32-16 loss on the road at Larned on Friday.
One note about the season opener, it marked the beginning of the 25th season that Dr. Loder will be walking the sidelines for the Viking football team.
While the Vikings had offensive possession for over 33 minutes during the game, Larned only needed a bit over 13 minutes to gain the victory thanks to three Viking turnovers, two by fumbles and one on a pass interception.
Larned held a 24-0 advantage after three quarters before Smoky Valley could get their first score of the game on a two-yard run by Raleigh Wilson early in the fourth quarter. Andrew Peters ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 24-8 at that point. After Larned put the game out of reach with another score with just under five minutes to play, the Vikings had one last offensive drive and scored their second touchdown of the night on an 18-yard pass from Jake Lucas to Andrew Peters with just :51 seconds left to play. Wilson scored the two-point conversion to make the final tally, Larned 32, Smoky Valley 16.
Wilson led the Viking offense by gaining 87 yards on 20 touches in the game with 71 coming on 18 runs, while Trey Kennedy also had a busy night by running for 62 yards on 19 carries.
Jake Lucas completed just five of ten pass attempts for just 47 yards as the Smoky Valley offense totaled 211 yards in offense and made 18 first downs.
Defensively, the Vikings gave up 305 yards in offense to Larned which included 185 yards rushing and 120 passing. The top defender for Smoky Valley was Kennedy who had seven tackles, with one for loss of yardage, while Tanner Luttig recorded five and one-half tackles, including two for loss of yardage.
The Vikings will look to bounce back into the win column next Friday when they make their 2019 home debut by hosting Haven. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
SMOKY VALLEY at Larned STATS:
Smoky Valley 0 0 0 16 = 16
Larned 6 12 6 8 = 32
Smoky Valley Scoring:
4th Qtr: Raleigh Wilson run of 2 yards. (2-point conversion run by Andrew Peters is good)
4th Qtr: Jake Lucas pass to Andrew Peters, 18 yards. (2-point conversion run by Raleigh Wilson is good)
Smoky Valley Larned
First Downs 18 12
Total Offense 211 305
# of Plays 62 36
Yards per Play 3.4 8.5
Passing Yards 47 120
Passing Stats (c-att-int) 5-10-1 10-17-0
Rushing (Atts-Yards) 52-165 19-185
Penalties 6-45 8-70
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-1
Punting 3-32.7 2-39.5
Sacks 1 0
Time of Possession 33:32 13:25
SMOKY VALLEY INDIVIDUAL STATS:
Passing (Comp-Att-TD-Inter): Jake Lucas 4-8-44-1-1, Andrew Peters 1-2-3-0-0
Rushing (Carries-Yards): Raleigh Wilson 18-71, Trey Kennedy 19-62, Kort Sjogren 8-33, Andrew Peters 6-(-1), Jake Lucas 1-(-1)
Receiving (Receptions-Yards): Andrew Peters 1-18, Raleigh Wilson 2-16, Haven Lysell-Stewart 1-7, Trey Kennedy 1-6
Defense (Tkles-Sacks-TFL-Inter): Andrew Peters 7.0-0-1-0, Tanner Luttig 5.5-0-2-0, Raleigh Wilson 3.5-0-1-0, Trey Kennedy 3.0-0-0-0, Kort Sjogren 2.0-0-.5-0, Skyler Hopkins 2.0-.5-.5-0, Have Lysell-Stewart 2.0-.5-.5-0, Brandt Heble 1.0-0-0-0, Grant Lysell-Alkire 1.0-0-.5-0, Brandon Malm 1.0-0-.5-0, Dax Hopp .5-0-.5-0, Justin Holt .5-.5-.5-0
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