The Caledonia Warriors football team has seemingly been in playoff form since August, but this week will finally have the chance to prove it.
Caledonia (8-0) will host Winona Cotter (0-8) in the opening round of the Minnesota State High School League playoffs on Wednesday night. The Warriors have been on an offensive onslaught in 2015, averaging more than 47 points per game, and beating opponents by nearly 40 points per contest.
Sophomore quarterback Owen King has been a driving force, throwing 21 touchdowns. Wide receivers Tanner Gran and Colton Lampert both have eight touchdown catches.
It's clear the offense is clicking, now the top-seeded team in its Class AA sectional hopes to continue the success into the postseason.
"We feel real good going into the playoffs, it's just a matter of staying healthy here in the run and just making sure we prepare every day, one game at a time," head coach Brent Schroeder said. "When I looked at the new coach up there in Cotter, I didn't see any quit in his eyes. We're not overlooking them whatsoever, we're taking it one game at a time, making sure we prepare for them like we would sectional championships."
Caledonia beat Cotter 51-6 earlier this season. In that game, King had three touchdown passes, one to Gran. The two have become a big-play connection since they began working together over the summer.
"He's a special player. He's a dude," King said. "You can throw it up to him and he'll go make it. He makes me look good quite a bit, that's the nice thing. He makes plays all the time."
"He's stepped in, done everything we've asked him to do," Gran said. "He's definitely done more than we've asked I bet. From the start of the year until now, every week he's gotten better. He just keeps getting better."