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The Kingsburg High football team rebounded from an opening loss to Golden West in a big way, defeating visiting Washington Union 30-17 on Friday, Sept. 8.

Kingsburg trailed 17-10 at the half, but scored 20 unanswered points in the second half. Bo Jackson led the Vikings (1-1) by rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries.

“I thought the boys came out on Friday with a lot of urgency and enthusiasm,” Kingsburg coach David Wilson said. “The atmosphere on the sideline was night and day compared to a week ago. Everyone was more focused and it showed.”

Down by seven, Kingsburg tied the game with 9:49 left in the third quarter on a Jackson 2-yard TD run.

Late in the third quarter, the Vikings got in the end zone again, this time on another 2-yard run by Jackson. The fourth quarter was scoreless until the final minute, when Nathan Gamble scored on a 2-yard run.   

“We wanted to establish the run and we did that,” Wilson said. “Our offensive and defensive line did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage for most of the game.”

Kingsburg out-gained Washington 364-218, including a 220-79 edge on the ground.

Besides Jackson, Gamble rushed for 40 yards on nine carries and scored once. Viking quarterback Caleb Buendia completed 12-of-18 passes for 144 yards, with one interception. Tyler Hodges caught five of those passes for 53 yards and Jackson latched onto three for 16.

Defensively, Jackson also excelled with five tackles, and Jacob Anaya had five tackles as well. Seth Costi chipped in with four tackles and Noah Haga and Cole Dias had three apiece. Hodges also had an interception.

“I still feel like our ceiling is high," Wilson said. "We are still breaking in a lot of new faces. We just need to get better every week and I feel like we took a step forward Friday night.”

Kingsburg hosts Monache at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or

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