DINUBA - Kingsburg’s six game winning streak ended after falling 47-35 on the road to Dinuba High School in a Central Sequoia League game on Oct. 12.
The Vikings drop to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in CSL play. Dinuba’s 47 points is the most Kingsburg has allowed this year.
Kingsburg lost quarterback Jett Jackson to a concussion during the first drive of the game.
“There was a lot of adversity especially just with the injury and things that happened schematically with us early on,” Vikings head coach David Wilson said. “I was real proud of the guys, who persevered a bit. That was a good football team and you have to take your hat off to them.”
Backup quarterback Travis Hall threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Hall completed 20-of-28 passes.
Wilson didn’t confirm if Jackson will play in the Vikings next game against Hanford West.
Hall had last played quarterback for Kingsburg during the first half against San Joaquin Memorial on Aug. 17. Since then, Hall has played receiver and safety for the Vikings.
“It was a gutty performance on his part,” Wilson said. “For a guy who hasn’t taken a lot of reps at quarterback for the last eight weeks, he came out like he had been playing there all year. He was throwing the ball well and making good decisions on offense.”
After being down 27-14 at halftime, Wilson was proud of the team’s effort of rallying back in the fourth quarter.
“Our kids had every reason to kind of go away,” Wilson said. “They kind of rallied the troops, circled the wagon and played together and hard. Effort will get you a long way, and it almost got us a win tonight. We played real hard.”
Down 40-21, Kingsburg scored two touchdowns to pull within five points with eight minutes to play. The Vikings touchdowns came on a pass to the end zone to Kaden Tate and Brandon Rocha rushing for a 26-yard score.
After Kingsburg cut Dinuba’s lead in the fourth quarter, the Emperors extended it with a 68-yard score through the air from quarterback Josh Magana to Jacob Huerta. That touchdown clinched the win for Dinuba.
The Vikings’ defense had trouble containing Huerta all night. Huerta had eight receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings had seven players with at least one catch. Blake Spomer had a team-high 10 receptions and 83 yards. Rocha had 77 receiving yards on three catches and two touchdowns, while Micah Spomer had four receptions for 67 yards and a score.
The Vikings’ ground game struggled against Dinuba, rushing for a total of 71 yards on 20 carries (3.6 yards per carry).
Kingsburg is still in contention for a CSL title. Kingsburg is in a four-way tie for first place with Dinuba, Central Valley Christian and Selma at 2-1 in the CSL standings.
“Like I told the guys after the game, we’re still in control of our own destiny,” Wilson said. “If we want to be league champs, we could still do it if we win these last two games.”
Up next for the Vikings is a road matchup against the Hanford West Huskies on Oct. 19. The Huskies will enter the game at 0-8 overall and 0-3 in CSL play.
Kickoff between the Vikings and Huskies is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.