Ethan Cronk of the Knights brings down a Goodhue ball-carrier.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Ethan Cronk of the Knights brings down a Goodhue ball-carrier. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Knights took an early lead Friday in the home opener against Goodhue, but the team lost its second game 40-6 as injuries and low numbers hurt the team.

The Kingsland football team took an early 6-0 lead against Goodhue on a three-yard touchdown run by Jordan Meskill with 5:58 to go in the first quarter. The touchdown drive of 17 yards was set up by a great 23-yard punt return by Meskill. The five-play drive also included a pair of runs by Jacob Rindels, a nine-yard pass from Quinn Larson to Isiah Bubany and another three-yard run by Meskill. The extra-point was no good, but the Knights got the first score of the game.

Midway through the second quarter, Kingsland got a fumble recovery by Ethan Cronk. Following the fumble recovery, the Knights had the ball for nine plays before they ended up punting the ball to Goodhue.

Goodhue scored 27 straight points and took a 27-6 lead into the intermission. Kyle Langeslag, a freshman, caused a fumble on one of the Goodhue extra-point tries.

The second half of the game played out pretty much the same way as the first half, with Goodhue scoring two more touchdowns and holding the Knights scoreless.

"Due to injuries and low numbers, we played the second half with seven underclassmen," said coach John Fenske. "They gave it everything they had."

On a positive note for the Knights...they only had one "three and out" in the entire game. That came at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Kingsland's final possession included 13 plays, before the Knights turned it over to the Wildcats on downs.

In the injury department, Kingsland lost Rindels to a shoulder injury and could be out for about four weeks. Meskill suffered from heat exhaustion and is questionable for next week, as is JJ Fenske, who suffered a leg injury during a punt attempt.

Offensively, the Knights were led in rushing by Bubany, nine carries for 38 yards. Also getting carries were Rindels (4/17), Larson (8/27), Meskill (17/36) and Fenske (11/26). Meskill had the only score for Kingsland.

Larson hit four of 15 passes for 41 yards. Rindels connected on one of one attempt for nine yards. Receiving the passes were Eaen O'Byrne (2/18), Bubany (2/15) and Larson (1/9).

Defensively, Cronk had nine tackles and one fumble recovery; Meskill had five tackles, as did Quinn Larson.

With all the injuries, four different players lined up for punts, or punted the ball: Rindels, Fenske, Broc Fiegel and Larson.

This week Kingsland travels to Adams for a Blue Division match-up with Southland.