Julius Wolf (54) brings down a Chatfield runner as Allen Junge comes in to help.
Julius Wolf (54) brings down a Chatfield runner as Allen Junge comes in to help.

"I was really pleased with the effort my guys gave on Friday night," said coach John Fenske about the football game with Chatfield. "We had 10 guys out due to injuries, or illness, and only 15 players, grades nine to 12, dress for the game. We had several kids playing out of position with limited practice time. Our back-up players and assistant coaches did a great job just getting a team on the field."

In the first quarter, the Kingsland defense held Chatfield and took over on the Gopher 37 yard line. Kingsland got down to the Chatfield 22 yard line, but couldn't get in for a score. On Chatfield's next possession, the Kingsland defense held again, forcing the Gophers to punt. The first quarter ended with the score tied at 0-0.

In the second quarter, the defense faltered a bit and Chatfield put 26 points on the board. Kingsland gave up two more scores in the third quarter and trailed 39-0 going into the fourth stanza.

The Knights put together a sustained drive to start the fourth quarter, going 55 yards before turning the ball over to Chatfield on the Gopher 15-yard line. Kingsland held the Chatfield offense and got the ball back on the Gopher 10-yard line.

Two plays later, Marshall Oeltjen scored on a four yard run. The extra point was no good, but the Knights avoided the shutout.

Chatfield ran out the clock to end the game at 39-6, in favor of Chatfield.

Leading the running game were Marshall Oeltjen (28 carries, 66 yds) and Jacob Rindels (11 carries, 43 yards). Ryan Crowson also had two carries for five yards. Oeltjen scored the only Kingsland touchdown.

In the passing department, Rindels threw 11 times and completed three. Receiving the passes were Oeltjen (1/4) and Marcus Plaehn (2/11). Rindels had one interception and no touchdowns.

Defensively, Marshall Oeltjen was in on 16 tackles, including one quarterback sack. Jacob Rindels, Marcus Plaehn and Tyler Messner were in on four tackles each, while Ryan Crowson, DJ Smith and Broc Fiegel were in on three tackles.

Getting involved with special teams play were Oeltjen (kick returns, 6/15.7), Rindels (kickoff return, 1/0) and DJ Smith (kicking, 2/29.0; punting 5/32.0).

This week the Knights "jump from the pan to the fire," as they face No. 1 ranked Caledonia (Class AA). The game will be in Spring Valley and is the last regular season game. Playoffs start on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Kingsland (1-6) will compete in the Section 1A playoffs, along with Bethlehem Academy (6-1), Blooming Prairie (6-1), Rushford-Peterson (5-2), Goodhue (3-4), Southland (3-4), Fillmore Central (2-5) and Wabasha-Kellogg (0-7). Right now, Kingsland is seventh in the quarterfinal rankings and would play at Blooming Prairie. Final seeding positions will be available after the regular season is over on Wednesday.

Scoring by quarters....

Kingsland0- 0- 0- 6 = 6

Chatfield 0-26-13-0 = 39

Team stats...

Kingsland Chatfield

First downs 6 9

Rushing 41c, 114 yds 35c, 255 yds

1TD 4 TD's

Passing 3/11, 15 yds 6/10, 136 yds

1 INT 2 TD's

Total off. 52 p, 129 y 45 p, 391 y

Turnovers 1 0

Penalties 3/20 5/35