The Kingsburg High football team defeated Immanuel 24-21 in a hard-fought Central Sequoia League game Friday night. The Vikings won it with a 25-yard field goal by Caleb Buendia with 5:15 left.
The Vikings withstood Immanuel’s challenges after that.
Now attention turns to the game on Friday Nov. 3, the 7 p.m. rivalry contest at Selma. The Vikings have lost two consecutive games to the Bears.
“I think we’re pretty evenly matched and the winner will probably get third place in league,” Kingsburg coach David Wilson said. “They have arguably the best quarterback and playmaker in the league (Junior Ramirez) over there. Selma vs. Kingsburg is usually a classic and we’ve lost to them the last few years, so hopefully we can make a stand.”
Down 14-7 at the half to Immanuel, Kingsburg tallied twice in the third quarter on touchdown runs of seven and two yards by Bo Jackson. That put the Vikings ahead 21-14, but Immanuel tied it 21-all on a 6-yard TD run by quarterback Adam Simonian.
The Vikings’ other score came on a 4-yard TD pass from Buendia to Tyler Hodges with 6:41 left in the first quarter.
Immanuel’s strong play did not surprise Wilson.
“The kids from Kingsburg and Immanuel know each other,” he said. “We were coming off an emotional game with Dinuba (a narrow Viking loss) and Immanuel punched us in the mouth and we made some mistakes early. But then we stopped making mistakes and our running game took over.”
Kingsburg had a big edge in rushing, 296 to 66. Jackson picked up most of that with an incredible night, rushing 38 times for 253 yards and two TDs.
Buendia completed 7-of-18 for 103 yards and one score and had one punt for 47 yards, in addition to his game-winning field goal.
Simonian threw for 191 yards and one TD for Immanuel and rushed for 28 yards and two scores.
Jaden Spomer caught three passes for 62 yards for Kingsburg. Seth Costi made six tackles to help pace the defense, including a quarterback sack. Jackson and Spomer made three tackles each.
Note: Kingsburg is holding a downtown community rally beginning at 2:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, for that night's rivalry game at Selma. Participants are marching from the high school to City Hall for the festivities. This was a tradition that lapsed for a time.