KINGSBURG - The Kingsburg Vikings are one game away from playing for a Valley championship.
Behind five total touchdowns from brothers Jett and Bo Jackson, 3-seeded Kingsburg defeated No. 11 seed West (Bakersfield) High School in a 35-7 dominating victory in the CIF Central Section Division III quarterfinals on Nov. 9.
It was the 10th win of the year for the Vikings (10-2 overall, 4-1in CSL), which is the most the program has had since the 2013 season. In the two playoff games Kingsburg has played so far, the Vikings have outscored its opponents 75-7.
“It’s hard to complain when you won 40-0 and 35-7,” Kingsburg head coach David Wilson said. “We’ve had a tremendous defensive effort in the playoffs and it’s really showing. The guys are clicking well.”
Kingsburg had an efficient night on offense gaining 7.4 yards per play on 52 total plays. The Vikings outgained West 384-198 total yards offensively with 262 of them coming on the ground. As a team, Kingsburg averaged 6.9 yards per play.
“We’re just playing really well [offensively] right now,” Wilson said. “The kids are performing good and I like our efficiency, we’re not turning the ball over.”
For the third-straight game, sophomore quarterback Jett Jackson threw for three touchdowns and completed at least 60 percent of his passes. Along with this three touchdowns against West, the signal-caller completed 9-of-14 passes for 122 yards and averaged 13.6 yards per pass.
Jett Jackson also made plays with his legs, rushing for 58 yards on 10 carries.
His older brother Bo [Jackson] carried the ball 17 times for 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
In the first half, Jett Jackson threw two of his three touchdowns to freshman Micah Spomer for scores of 13 and 17 yards. The 17-yard touchdown extended Kingsburg’s lead 21-0, which would be the halftime score.
In the third quarter, the sophomore quarterback threw his third touchdown to Micah’s older brother, Blake Spomer, for a 28-yard score to extend the Vikings lead 28-0.
After a Bo Jackson 5-yard rushing score that extended Kingsburg’s lead to
35-0 in the fourth quarter, West got on the board. West Vikings quarterback Ray Espinoza connected with Damani Jackson for a 29-yard touchdown pass for their team’s only points of the night.
Defensively, the Kingsburg Vikings allowed 198 yards of offense and eight total first downs.
The Vikings will head to Bakersfield to take on the 2-seeded Bakersfield Christian Eagles in the Division III semifinals on Nov. 16.
Last year, Kingsburg played Bakersfield Christian in the playoffs, which resulted in a 48-9 loss for the Vikings in the Division III quarterfinals.
“Going down there last year I think was probably good for some of returners, knowing what to expect” Wilson said. “They’re a really well coached team, a lot of good athletes all over the field, we’re going to have to be at our best to compete there. I think our kids are excited for the challenge.”
Kickoff between the Vikings and Eagles is scheduled for 7 p.m. The winner will move on to play either 4-seeded Mt. Whitney or top-seeded San Joaquin Memorial in the Division III title game on Nov. 23.
Kingsburg is seeking its first Valley championship appearance since 2011, which was also last time the program won a Central Section title. Bakersfield Christian is aiming for its first title appearance since 2016, which is also the last time the Eagles were Valley champions.
“Division III is going to be earned,” Wilson said. “The four teams that are left are the top four seeds. All of them are really good programs.”