The Smoky Valley Vikings maintained their perfect record after holding off the Chapman Fighting Irish with a score of 30 to 22.
Smoky Valley #8 Tim Lambert rushes with the ball in the second quarter. The Smoky Valley Vikings defeated the Chapman Fighting Irish by a score of 30 to 22 at Clyde and Glenn Lindstrom Field in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 5, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Chapman also entered the evening with a perfect 5 and 0 record. First place in the district was on the line.
The game started an hour earlier than scheduled due to the threat of severe weather. Doing so allowed the game to finish long before lighting got close to the field.
Chapman received the ball to start the game and went three and out. They would punt the ball away. Neither team would not punt again until four minutes left in the third quarter.
The Vikings took the ball down the field after the punt and survived a fourth down from outside the 10-yard line to keep the drive going. The drive looked to stall out again when they scored on a six-yard pass on fourth and goal. Smoky Valley's Lane Schrag found Tim Lambert in the end zone for the score.
Chapman took possession of the ball. Quarterback Izek Jackson uncorked a fifty-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Colston to put the Fighting Irish on the board. They did not make the two-point conversion.
Both teams came into the game with potent rushing attacks but found the air game to be more effective early on.
Chapman had the ball deep in their end of the field and Smoky Valley got into the backfield and caused a fumble. They took over on the six-yard line.
Fullback Cort Elliott takes it in from six-yards out for the Vikings' second touchdown. A two-point conversion later and they were on top 16 to 6.
After halftime, Chapman kicked off the ball. They decided to go with a pooch kick and the gamble paid off. The Fighting Irish took possession of the ball.
They took advantage of the opportunity and Izek Jackson found Brandon Colston again for the second passing touchdown of the night. This pass was an eight-yard completion. Jackson would find Colston again for the two-point conversion.
The Fighting Irish now trailed by only two points.
Smoky Valley took over the ball again and marched down the field.
Tim Lambert had his first rushing touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run. A pass for the two-point conversion put the Vikings up by ten-points again.
A ten-point lead is nice, but the Vikings were looking for some insurance points. They found them when quarterback Lane Schrag took off for a 67-yard run to make the score 30 to 14 early in the fourth quarter.
With under four minutes remaining, Smoky Valley took possession of the ball. All they needed to do was run some running plays and eat up some clock. A rushing play by Tim Lambert ended in a fumble with under three minutes left.
Chapman took over on the 35-yard line and moved the ball down to the seven-yard line.
On fourth and goal, Izek Jackson found his favorite receiver again as Brandon Colston pulled in a pass in the back corner of the end zone. After a pass interference penalty and then an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Smoky Valley sideline, Jackson punched the ball in for the two-point conversion.
The Fighting Irish trailed by eight points. The needed to recover an onside kick to keep their comeback alive. Instead, a Smoky Valley Viking swallowed up the ball.
The Vikings held on to win the game with a score of 30 to 22.
Smoky Valley Head Coach Tim Lambert reflected on some late mistakes. "We turned the ball over too many times and just made too many mistakes, in the end, to make it close," said Coach Lambert. "I'm happy to be six and oh, but we've got to get better."
Smoky Valley continues with a perfect 6 and 0 record. They host another district game against the Halstead Dragons next week.
Chapman suffers their first loss of the year and sees their record go to 5 and 1. They host the Hesston Swathers next week.