PORTERVILLE — For the second straight week, the Kingsburg Vikings scored 40 points and won 45-28 on the road over the Monache Marauders on Aug. 31.
With the win, Kingsburg improves to 2-1 and has put together a two-game winning streak after losing the season opener to San Joaquin Memorial.
Vikings head coach David Wilson said it was a great night on both sides of the ball.
“Things were just clicking,” Wilson said. “It was one of those nights, it was a lot of fun to be around, yeah it was good night.”
After Monache went up 7-0, Blake Spomer rushed for a 15-yard score for Kingsburg, but the extra point was blocked in the first quarter.
Down 7-6 in the first quarter, Spomer scored another Vikings’ touchdown, only this time on defense. The sophomore picked off Marauders quarterback Antonio Andrade and returned the interception for a touchdown, putting Kingsburg up 13-7.
After Monache tied the game 13-13, Vikings quarterback Jett Jackson scored on a 24-yard touchdown for a 20-13 lead in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Jackson had a pick-six of his own, returning an interception for a touchdown to extend Kingsburg’s lead to 27-13.
The Vikings had two more second quarter scores from Bo Jackson (27-yard run) and Spomer (touchdown reception), which put Kingsburg up 39-13 at halftime.
In the second half, the Vikings added another touchdown on a 3-yard run to extend the lead to 45-13. Monache scored its other two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Wilson praised the performance of Kingsburg’s offensive line.
“You can’t say enough about our O-line,” Wilson said. “Our O-line really established the line of scrimmage again and we were just leaning on Monache for most of the game. You can’t say enough about those guys.”
Wilson also talked highly of the Vikings defense, which had four turnovers against Monache.
“When they put two touchdowns on the board themselves, it’s always a good thing,” Wilson said. “We’re getting some great individual efforts from Brandon Rocha and Alfred Carpenter. We've got some great performances from guys like Cole Dias. We’re playing at a high level right now, and we’re hoping we can continue to do that.”
With three weeks of the season in the books, Wilson said there’s still room for improvement, especially since many of the team’s contributors are underclassmen.
“I always feel like our toughest opponent every week is us,” Wilson said. “As long as we make really good decisions and limit the mental mistakes and create some turnovers, good things are going to happen. We were able to do that for the last couple of weeks.”
Up next for Kingsburg is a road date against Kerman on Sept. 7. The Kerman Lions will enter the matchup at 2-1 and are coming off a 48-30 loss against Madera High School on Aug. 31.
“Kerman is always a proud program,” Wilson said. “They’re the other K-town, being Kerman and we’re Kingsburg. They’re similar communities in terms of size. This is the first time we’re going to play them in a while. Going over there won’t be an easy task.”
Kickoff between Kingsburg and Kerman is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.