The Caledonia Warriors jumped out to a 33-12 halftime lead and rolled to a 53-18 road win at Wabasha-Kellogg Friday night.
The win marked the 28th straight for the Warriors, playing in the Blue Division of the newly-formed Southern Football Alliance.
Caledonia took an early lead less than four minutes into the game when quarterback Mason DeMorett hit Adam Buttell with a 33 yard touchdown pass to give Caledonia a 7-0 lead at the 8:06 mark. The Falcons answered back though with a nine yard run from Austin Baab to get W-K within a point at 7-6, but Caledonia scored on a 67 yard strike from DeMorett to Sam Schulte with just 14 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Warriors up 14-6 after 12 minutes.
“Overall we are starting to realize where we have to grow as a team. We played a lot of people again, and our confidence is starting to develop a little bit,” coach Brent Schroder said.
Caledonia then opened the game up when Ryan Pitts and DeMorett both scored rushing touchdowns to take a 27-6 lead midway through the second quarter. Baab, who rushed for 208 yards for the Falcons, scored from 56 yards out to make the score 27-12, but Pitts added a five yard run at the 2:09 mark as the Warriors took a 33-12 lead at halftime.
The third quarter turned into a defensive battle, but the Warriors extended their lead to 39-12 on a 13 yard score from Jacob Cuda.
The Caledonia arial assault continued at the start of the fourth quarter after DeMorett hit Sean Conner with a 50 yard bomb to give Caledonia a 46-12 lead with 9:39 left to play. After a 14 yard touchdown run by W-K’s Tommy Loechner made the score 46-18, Caledonia’s Mitchell Schmitz put the finishing touches on the game with a six yard dive that gave the Warriors the 53-18 win.
“Mason did a nice job – he learned a few things and he’s doing some good things,” Schroeder said. “The offensive line is also coming together. We played a lot of guys, and some good things are starting to happen with them. Ryan and Jacob both ran the ball extremely well.”
On the night, the Warrior defense did their job. Except for Baab’s big night where he averaged over 10 yards per carry, the Falcons managed just 127 on the ground with Loechner carrying 12 times for 79 yards, while the Caledonia defense allowed just 10 passing yards in the game. Hunter Hauser-Caldwell and Alex Goetzinger had six tackles each, and Tanner Langen and Jacob Nielsen each had one fumble recovery.
On offense Ryan Pitts rushed for 144 yards on just 12 carries for a 12 yards per carry average. Jacob Cuda added 56 yards on eight carries, and Sam Schulte tallied 40 yards on eight carries. DeMorett completed 12 of 18 passes in the game for 268 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors rolled up 558 yards of total offense.
The Warriors will celebrate Homecoming Friday night when they host Goodhue at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are still licking their wounds after a 34-0 loss to Chatfield Friday night at home and are currently 1-2 overall.
Caledonia 14 19 6 14 — 53
W-K 6 6 0 6 — 18
First quarter: C—Adam Buttell 33 pass from Mason DeMorett (Mason Ashbacher) 8:06. WK— Austin Baab 9 run (kick failed) 1:01. C—Sam Schulte 67 pass from DeMorett (Ashbacher kick) :16.
Second quarter: C— Ryan Pitts 7 run (kick failed) 11;07. C—DeMorett 2 run (Ashbacher kick) 7:55. WK—Baab 56 run (pass failed) 3:08. C—Pitts 5 run (kick failed) 2:09.
Third quarter: C—Jacob Cuda 12 run (kick failed) 3:18.
Fourth quarter: C—Sean Connor 50 pass from DeMorett (Ashbacher kick) 9:39. WK—Tom Loechler 14 run (run failed) 7:44. C—Mitchell Schmitz 6 run (Ashbacher kick) :53.
Rushing: C—Pitts 12-144, Cuda 11-67; WK—Baab 20-208, Loechler 12-79.
Passing: C—DeMorett 12-18-1-268; WK—Baab 2-6-0-10.
Receiving: C—Alex Goetzinger 5-80, Connor 3-77; WK—Jordan Meyer 1-8, Jack Purvis 1-2.
Total yards: C: 269-284—total; WK: 335-10—345.
Fumbles-lost: C—3-1; WK—5-2.
Records: C 2-0; WK 1-2.
– Brady Ambrose