KINGSBURG - It’s been a great start to the 2018 campaign for the Kingsburg High football team, but one of the unique things for the 3-1 Vikings is the impact made by the Spomer brothers this season.
The trio of brothers, who are named Jadon, Blake and Micah Spomer, have been significant contributors on the gridiron this season. Another unique thing about the brothers is all three of them are on the field together on defense.
Jadon Spomer, who is the oldest of the trio, said relatives from out of town travel to watch him and his younger brothers play on Friday nights. Their relatives get excited when they see the Spomer brothers take the field together on defense.
“My parents say they’re cheering in the crowd,” Jadon Spomer said. “They get embarrassed because of how loud and rowdy they are, but it’s great though.”
Not only do the Spomers brothers play on defense, but they’ve been impactful on offense as well.
Blake Spomer, a sophomore, had a breakout game on offense in front of the home crowd against Washington Union on Aug. 24. The sophomore had two touchdown catches with scores that went for 73 and 53 yards. Blake Spomer also returned a kickoff all the way to the end zone to give him three total scores in a 48-13 win over the Washington Union Panthers.
On defense, Blake Spomer had a pick-six against Monache in a 45-28 win on Aug. 31. The sophomore also had two other scores (one rushing, one receiving) in that game, which was the second-straight week he had a combined three touchdowns.
Blake Spomer had previous varsity experience at the end of last season, but this year is different since it’ll be the last time he’ll play on the same team as his older brother.
“Being [Jadon Spomer’s] last year, I know he wants to at least win league and we’re going for a Valley [championship],” Blake Spomer said. “I know that’s his goal and I want to do everything I can to help accomplish that.”
The youngest of the trio is Micah Spomer and he has been a presence in Kingsburg’s secondary as a freshman. The youngest Spomer grabbed his first interception in his first varsity game against San Joaquin Memorial on Aug. 17. In that game, Micah Spomer grabbed his interception during the first quarter. He also had a pick in the Vikings’ 20-14 comeback win over Kerman on Sept. 7.
Now with four games played at the varsity level, Micah Spomer said he’s trying to make the most of his opportunity playing as a freshman.
“All my life watching varsity, I thought 'It’ll be really cool to play with them as a freshman,'” Micah Spomer said. “I could say I dreamed of it and now I’m here. It’s really amazing, I’m so blessed that the Lord is giving me this opportunity to play with varsity as a freshman.”
Prior to the season, Kingsburg head coach David Wilson said Micah Spomer would participate in 7-on-7 tournaments with the varsity team and he looked like one of the best defensive backs in the program throughout the summer.
Wilson officially brought up Micah Spomer after talking to the Spomer brothers’ father, Jeff Spomer, who is the junior varsity head coach of the football team at Kingsburg High.
“He said ‘Hey he’s ready,’” Wilson said. “So we gave him a shot, he hit the Memorial game running and he hasn’t looked back. He’s here to stay.”
Jadon Spomer, a senior, has made most of his impact on defense as an outside linebacker. The older Spomer is second on the team in tackles for losses (4.0) and tied for the lead in sacks (2.0). On offense, Jadon Spomer has rushed for 82 yards.
When talking about his younger brothers, Jadon Spomer said he’s glad to see them having success as underclassmen.
“It makes me happy,” Jadon Spomer said. “I’m happy for these guys doing well. All I could do is push them harder to keep getting better.”
Outside of football, the Spomers are like any other set of brothers. Blake Spomer said he gets confused for Micah “all the time” whenever they’re out in public and the younger one always pokes fun of the situation.
“We’ll go to the grocery store and he’ll actually tell people that we’re twins,” Blake Spomer said. “He tells people we’re twins all the time.”
The Spomers aren’t the only set of brothers on the team. The other set of brothers is senior running back/linebacker Bo Jackson and sophomore quarterback/defensive back Jett Jackson. Both sets of brothers play significant time together on defense.
“It’s almost like they’re playing backyard football sometimes,” Kingsburg head coach David Wilson said about both sets of brothers playing together. “I think they feed off one another, they know what each one is going to do and they’ve been playing together since they were little.”
The Vikings will look to improve to 4-1 against Madera South (0-4) on the road at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 21. Kickoff between Kingsburg and Madera South is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.