Reeling from a heartbreaking loss to the Caney Valley Bullpups at home, the Parsons Vikings now must travel to undefeated Columbus in Week 7.

“We felt we let one slip away,” Parsons head coach Jeff Schibi said. “Hopefully the kids have a sour taste in their mouth this week.” 

After falling 50-34 to Caney Valley in a game the Vikings led at halftime, Schibi was keen to the fact that the narrative of the season could have shifted.

“It could have,” Schibi said. “However, we made sure before we left the field on Friday night that the kids knew they still have something to play for. We still believe that. We laid it out that there’s still a possibility of the playoffs. There’s plenty of football to be played.” 

While the Vikings still struggled to contain the run, Schibi felt the Vikings’ defense gave up big plays at inopportune times in the loss to Caney Valley.

“I felt we weren’t very good situationally last week,” Schibi said. “We’d have Caney in long distance situations and we had penalties or gave up a big play. I thought we did a better job at stopping the run, we just didn’t play great situational football.” 

Meanwhile, Columbus is coming off a win over Galena that has put the Titans on the brink of securing a district title.

“Columbus is arguably one of the best teams in Southeast Kansas regardless of class,” Schibi said. “They could compete with Pittsburg. We’re preaching that there’s not one person expecting us to win. So our kids have absolutely nothing to lose. We want them playing with their hair on fire and flying around the field. What happens will happen.” 

Parsons must win one of its last two games to secure a playoff berth. With a trip to the top dog in the district on its slate, Parsons faces an uphill battle.

But the Vikings still believe its offense can keep pace and don’t want to be counted out on Friday night.

“Right now, all we’re worried about is Columbus,” Schibi said. “We’ll do whatever we can to compete and try and win that football game.” 

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