KINGSBURG - In a game where the No. 3 seed Kingsburg scored 40 points on offense, it would be the Vikings defense that put on a show, holding No. 14 seed Hoover High to 22 total yards in a 40-0 shutout win on Nov. 2 in the opening round of the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs.
The win improves Kingsburg’s overall record to 9-2, which is the first time program had nine wins since 2012. That year the Vikings went 9-3 under former coach Dave Steele.
Also, the shutout victory was the first time Kingsburg didn’t allow any points defensively this season.
Vikings head coach David Wilson said his defense is one of the reasons for the team’s success so far in the 2018 campaign.
“I think our defense is a little underrated,” Wilson said. “I think we’re a lot better than what people think. Even with the Selma game….that’s two good weeks in a row that our defense has really played well. They’ll have to continue because these teams moving forward they’re just going to get better.”
The Hoover Patriots couldn’t get anything going against the Kingsburg defense, passing for 54 yards with three different quarterbacks. Hoover also couldn’t get anything going on the ground, rushing for negative 32 yards on 19 carries.
The 22 total yards from the Patriots is the lowest the Vikings have allowed this season.
In 11 games this year, Kingsburg is averaging 42.0 points per game on offense, but in the past six games, the Vikings defense has allowed over 20 points just once.
On offense, Kingsburg had tremendous efforts from quarterback Jett Jackson, running back Bo Jackson, and receiver Blake Spomer.
All three players were responsible for four of the team’s five touchdowns.
Jett Jackson threw two of his three touchdowns to Spomer, who caught a
36-yard score in triple coverage. That touchdown extended Kingsburg’s lead 21-0, which would be the halftime score.
Both Jett Jackson and Spomer discussed that play.
“I don’t think it was that great of a throw, Blake makes me look really good,” Jett Jackson said. “There’s not any other receiver I want than Blake. Just growing up with him, we’ve been really close friends and I think we got that chemistry.”
“I saw the guy coming in the corner of my eye,” Spomer said. “I could tell it was going to be a jump ball and I just made up in my mind that I was going to go get it. I dropped a few on defense, a few jump balls on defense, so I wasn’t going to let that happened again.”
Later in the third quarter, the sophomore quarterback connected with the sophomore receiver for another score, which was a 34-yard touchdown to extend the Vikings lead 27-0.
Jett Jackson finished his night completing 9-of-15 attempts for 176 yards and three touchdowns. His only blemish of the game was throwing an interception in the endzone in the third quarter.
On the ground, the dual threat quarterback only rushed for 31 yards on six carries. Jett’s older brother Bo Jackson was the bellcow for Kingsburg’s rushing attack. The older Jackson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Blake’s older brother Jadon Spomer added 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
As for Blake Spomer, he finished the night with three catches for 104 yards (34.7 per reception) and two touchdowns. Kaden Tate caught the other touchdown thrown by Jett Jackson. Along with his touchdown reception, Tate had four catches for 47 yards.
With the win over Hoover in the books, the Vikings have its sights set on hosting the West Bakersfield Vikings in the Division III quarterfinals on Friday.
West will enter the matchup as the No. 10 seed and are coming off a 34-13 upset over 6-seeded Independence High in the opening round.
“They play really good football down in the south Valley in Bakersfield,” Wilson said. “They’re going to be a pretty formidable opponent. We just have to keep grinding, keep taking care of the football, and limit some of these penalties.”
Kickoff between Kingsburg and West is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Kingsburg Vikings are aiming to advance to its first semifinals game since the 2013 season.