On September 7, 2012, Kingsland football beat W-K 22-10. Since, Chatfield won a state football title, R-P hasn’t had a losing season and has been state runner-up, FC went to two section title games, Lanesboro’s Niko Anderson ran for most of his 100-plus career TDs, and M-C had at least nine guys run for over 100 yards. R-P (43-15), Chatfield (36-23), M-C (34-28), FC (30-25), and Lanesboro (28-25) all posted winning records. Kingsland dropped 50 straight. The losing streak is finally over. Brent Stinson’s group had taken baby steps. Kingsland had 100-yard rusher last year for the first time in a long time. Reid Kruegel had over 100 yards receiving this year. The Knights scored in the first half versus #1 ranked Goodhue in week six. Baby steps turned to a run. With just three seniors healthy, those guys, Ethan Fenske (8-11, 131 yards, 3 TDs passing), Matthew Woods (22-100 rushing), and Jackson Rindels (26-82 rushing, 3-28, TD receiving) led the way victory over Hayfield. Juniors Kruegel (2-36, 2 TDs receiving, three interceptions, fumble recovery) and Brydn Willford (3-55 receiving) also made big plays. Kingsland put up 28 points in the first half. They led 35-0 before Hayfield scored. The final was 35-14. Kingsland had 34 total points the previous 18 games. The Knights (7-seed, 1-6, 1-7) will play at 2-seed R-P (7-1).
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