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Caledonia dominates Eden Valley-Watkins to win 8th state title

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Owen King threw five first-half touchdowns, and the Warriors defense was stellar in the first half as Caledonia beat Eden Valley-Watkins 61-12 Friday in the MSHSL Class AA championship.

The Warriors (14-0) have now won seven titles in the last 10 years, including the last two.

"We wanted to come out aggressive and take our shots when they were there. I thought we did that, things got rolling and we built off that," King said. "Offensive line gave me great time all day and I was clean back there pretty much the whole time. I was able to make throws I expect myself to make and these guys made plays for me."

Caledonia scored on nine of its 11 possessions in the game. The only time the Warriors were stopped was on a 4th down play inside the Eagles 20 in the opening quarter.

King found Jordan Burg for the first two scores, including a 39 yard pass on 4th and 4 from the Eagles 39, to give the Warriors a 13-0 lead.

Andrew Goergen caught the next two touchdown passes, the first a 23-yarder at the 4:18 mark of the first quarter, and the second at the 8:30 mark of the second quarter, to make the score 27-0. Goergen finished with seven catches for 79 yards. King threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns, finishing the season with 48 passing touchdowns this season.

The Warriors defense forced the Eagles to punt on its first five possessions, then intercepted Reese Jansen to set up another score, as Caledonia led 40-0 by halftime.

"We knew that they were going to be a passing team. Personally in my mind, I knew the only way they were going to beat us (was) if they passed on us," Goergen said. "Then we adjusted, our corners played amazing. We had two safeties over the top, which gave us that protection, but then we also had the d-line getting in there, getting pressure on them, forcing him to throw a few throws he usually isn't comfortable making."

In the second half, Ben McCabe ran for two of his three touchdowns to push the lead to 54-0. He finished with 99 yards on 22 carries. Alex Goergen ran for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Caledonia head coach Carl Fruechte earned his third state championship title in his first season back atop the program. Defensive coordinator Brent Schroeder led the team to four championships from 2010-2015.

"We really brought the heat as a coaching staff. They handled it really well, handled it like men, they knew what we were trying to get through to them," Fruechte said. "Just extremely coachable, adjusted well when we said we've got to stop this, change this, do this, they were able to do that."
 

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