By William for


LINDSBORG – It can’t get much closer than extra points, but that is how the Smoky Valley football team had their game decided on Friday at home against Nickerson as the Vikings missed two-point conversions twice and lost 15-12. The loss drops the Vikings to just 1-2 for the season.

Neither team scored in the game until Nickerson darted 60 yards for a score in the second quarter and then kicked the extra point to take a 7-0 advantage. The Vikings scored before halftime on a 10-yard pass from Jake Lucas to Bruster Bengtson but were unable to convert the two-point conversion, giving the visitors a one-point, 7-6, lead going into the halftime break.

Smoky Valley found the end zone again midway through the fourth quarter when Andrew Peters ran into the end zone from 25 yards out. Once again, the Vikings were unable to convert on a two-point conversion but still held a 12-7 advantage.

The Panthers then scored on a run play from 18 yards out and converted their two-point conversion to take a 15-12 lead and then kept Smoky Valley out of the end zone to take home the victory.

Despite the loss the Vikings totaled up 286 yards on 61 offensive plays and while they held the Panthers to just 39 offensive plays, they made them account for 253 yards. Smoky Valley even held a time of possession advantage of over 15 minutes, but lost the game where it counted – on the scoreboard.

Trey Kennedy led the Vikings on the ground with 98 yards on his 18 carries while Kort Sjogren and Raleigh Wilson each carried the ball 14 times for 59 and 47 yards respectively. Lucas completed four of ten passes for 62 yards and a touchdown but did also throw an interception. Brandt Heble caught one of those passes for 30 yards while Bruster Bengtson had two receptions for 14 yards and the touchdown.

Defensively the Vikings were led by Kennedy who had four solo tackles and five assists while Raleigh Wilson had three solo and six assists, and Haven Lysell-Stewart had three solo and three assists.

Next Friday the Vikings will look to return to the win column on the road at Hesston. Hesston is currently 3-0 and beat Pratt 26-0 on Friday.



Nickerson                    0          7          0          8          = 15

Smoky Valley               0          6          0          6          = 12

1st Quarter:

Nickerson – Scored on a 60-yard run (extra point kick was good) 7-0

VIKINGS – Jake Lucas on a 10-yard pass to Bruster Bengtson (2-point conversion failed) 7-6

4th Quarter:

VIKINGS – Andrew Peters on a 25-yard run (2-point conversion failed) 7-12

Nickerson – Scored on an 18-yard run (2-point conversion was good) 15-12


Nickerson                    VIKINGS

First Downs                             15                                15

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)        39-253                         61-286

Rushing (Atts-Yds)                   31-183                         51-224

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds)         5-8-70                          4-10-62

Fumbles/Interceptions            2/0                               1/1

Penalties (#-Yds)                     12-85                           5-30

Time of Possession                  16:20                           31:40


Rushing (atts-yds-tds): Trey Kennedy 18-98-0; Kort Sjogren 14-59-0; Raleigh Wilson 14-47-0; Andrew Peters 4-26-1; Jake Lucas 1-(-6)-0

Passing (comp-atts-yds-tds-int): Jake Lucas 4-10-62-1-1

Receiving (rec-yds-tds): Bruster Bengtson 2-14-1; Brandt Heble 1-30-0; Haven Lysell-Stewart 1-18

Defense (tkls-solo-asst-sacks-tfl): Trey Kennedy 6.5-4-5-0-0; Haven Lysell-Stewart 6-4-4-0-1; Raleigh Wilson 6-3-6-0-1; Andrew Peters 3-3-0-0-0; Bruster Bengtson 3-3-0-0-0; Tanner Luttig 2-2-0-1-1; Noah Salazar 3.5-2-3-0-1; Brayden Miller 2.5-2-1-0-0; Xavior White 2.5-1-3-0-0; Conner Damato 2-1-2-0-0; Koltin Gomez 2-1-2-0-0; Eric Malecki 1.5-1-1-0-0; Dylan Schneider 1.5-1-1-0-1; Jarin Gomez 1-1-0-0-0; Keaton Nevins 1-1-0-0-0; Matthew Perry .5-0-1-0-0; Bene Adlwaerth .5-0-1-0-.5; Kort Sjogren 1.5-1-1-0-0; Dax Hopp 1.5-1-1-0-1; Brandon Malm 1-0-2-0-0; Skyler Hopkins 1-0-2-0-0; Justin Holt 1-0-2-0-0; Brandt Heble 1-1-0-0-1; Braunson Golden 1-1-0-0-0; Grant Lysell-Alkire .5-0-1-0-0

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