The Kingsburg High football team started quickly and stormed to a 42-0 victory against Exeter on Friday night.

The Central Sequoia League opener was played at Strathmore High due to a stadium upgrade taking place at Exeter.

The victory was the fifth consecutive for the Vikings (5-1 overall, 1-0 CSL) after a season-opening loss to Golden West.

Kingsburg scored 21 first-quarter points and was never challenged by the Monarchs (4-2, 0-1).

“I was real happy with how we played,” Kingsburg coach David Wilson said. “We are getting contributions from a lot of people and we are continuing to improve each week. Nathan Gamble had a huge game with over 100 yards receiving and scoring three TDs. The defense posted its second consecutive shutout. "We are getting great play out of a number of guys on that side of the ball. Jaden Spomer, Bo Jackson, Cole Dias, Seth Costi, Anthony Rodriguez and Tyler Hodges to name just a few [are excelling]. Caleb Buendia continues to get better each week at QB and our offensive line, led by Jalen Wilkins and Mauricio Santana, are playing extremely well.”  

Gamble got the Vikings off on the right foot with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Before the first 12 minutes had ended, Kingsburg added a 40-yard touchdown pass from Buendia to Gamble and a 2-yard touchdown run by Jackson.

Leading 21-0 after one quarter, Kingsburg kept the pressure on with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Buendia to Gamble in the second quarter.

Down 28-0 at halftime, Exeter was not going to rally against a Kingsburg team that dominated in all phases.

Just to make sure, Kingsburg tacked on a 16-yard touchdown run by Jackson in the third quarter and a 7-yard touchdown run by Sabastian Uribe in the fourth quarter.

Jackson rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries for the Vikings.

Buendia did not throw often, but was effective; he completed 4-of-8 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Gamble caught two passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Kingsburg out-gained Exeter 376 to 120 and had 18 first downs to 11 for the Monarchs. 

Kingsburg faces a stiff test at 7:15 p.m. Friday, meeting host Central Valley Christian. The Cavaliers downed Selma 27-13 last Friday night.

“We are very excited to play CVC this week,” Wilson said. “This is why you work so hard in the off season and during training camp, to play in games like this. We have a lot of respect for coach (Mason) Hughes and the Cavaliers. Year in and year out they are always a tough, physical team. We expect nothing less this year. They have some very athletic kids, with a returning QB that's really good. It's going to be a test for us, by I believe we are ready.”  


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