October 19, 2017 07:11 PM
(ABC 6 News)--The celebration in Spring Valley continues after the hometown team ended one of the longest losing streaks in Minnesota.
"It was something that I knew we could get to," said Kingsland head football coach, Brent Stinson.
Wednesday night’s victory over the Hayfield Vikings was the Knights first game in the win column since 2012 following 50 straight losses.
"We were ready to go in that game," said Kingsland quarterback, Ethan Fenske.
And it wasn't even a nail biter--the Knights jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Going into halftime 28-0 had Stinson keeping his players on track to what they’re playing for.
"I treated it just like any other halftime and I knew the guys would be amped, super pumped, but I said it's all about finishing. It's on the back of our hats; it's on the back of our t-shirts they all wear for games. I went in there,” said Stinson.
He went on to say, “I actually talked about the improvements we needed to make and said how we've done some nice things, which seniors this is your last home game."
"We didn't really look at the score. We just kind of played them play-by-play and we kind of just won every play-by-play," said Fenske.
The final score was 35-14 in favor of the Knights.
"Credit to Hayfield for coming to play and after forfeiting a game; I can't give them enough credit,” said Stinson.
According to the State High School League, prior to Wednesday, Kingsland held the second longest losing streak in Minnesota. The only streak longer is 64 games held by Red Lak High School.
"Actually, last night was the first time we actually ever talked about the streak. We focused on character and player development. Football is a game where games are won a year in advance," Stinson said.
While the team is relishing in the sweet, long-awaited taste of victory, there's still more work to be done.
"We're going to come out and try to do what we did against Hayfield. Just go play-by-play against Rushford. They're a strong team, so we're going to try to do our best," said Fenske.
“You really got to narrow the focus on today and moving forward," said Stinson.
Kingsland plays Rushford next Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs.
Updated: October 19, 2017 07:11 PM
Created: October 19, 2017 06:24 PM
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