After a hail-mary finish last week, that even garnered the Vikings national attention, Kingsburg came through with another nail-biting finish this week, with a 34-28 win on Friday over Dos Palos in Kingsburg.
The two teams literally exchanged scores back-and-forth the whole game. Neither team scored a touchdown until the other team had scored one.
“It was an offensive battle and the first team to make a mistake was going to lose the game,” Viking quarterback Garrett Steele said.
Steele, who has been thrust into starting quarterback duties (previously was a running back) due to injuries, completed 7-of-17 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns and just one interception.
And rushing the ball is still his specialty, as he ran for 163 yards and one touchdown.
All three of Steele’s touchdown passes were to Zach Bethel, who finished with four receptions for 108 yards.
Although the Vikings made Dos Palos running back Kevin Schofield earn every yard, he rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns. But the senior will be feeling it in the morning after carrying the ball 33 times.
Both teams missed opportunities late in the game to shut the door.
Steele threw his only interception in the end zone with 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to end what looked like it would be the game-sealing touchdown drive.
But Dos Palos responded by throwing an interception of their own on the following drive.
Even then, Kingsburg couldn’t get a first down to close the game and had a horrible punt that went off the side of the punter’s foot.
But the Vikings were able to hold on for the 34-28 victory.
Senior Nick Mesa played and integral role on defense and offensively made a big reception that set up one of Bethel’s touchdowns.
The no-nonsense middle linebacker is ready for the next task, when Washington Union comes to town next Friday.
“We have to fight hard and go to practice,” Mesa said.