Warriors roll into playoffs with undefeated regular season record
Caledonia’s Jacob Cuda scored three touchdowns and rushed for 104 yards, and the defense allowed just 47 yards of total offense when the Warriors completed another undefeated regular season with a 42-6 thrashing of Kingsland at Spring Valley Oct. 16.
The win also gives Caledonia dibs on the first-ever Southern Football Alliance-Blue Division conference title. The Knights (0-8) didn’t put up much of a fight as the Warriors won their 34th straight game dating back to Sept. 9, 2011.
Besides the conference crown, Caledonia is the #1 seed in the upcoming section 1AA playoffs. Caledonia opened up tournament play Tuesday night hosting Dover-Eyota at CHS. A win Tuesday sends Caledonia to another home game against either #4 seeded Lewiston-Altura or #5 seed Hayfield, who the Warriors beat 40-0 Oct. 11.
Wednesday, Caledonia started fast with Cuda scoring from eight yards out on the Warriors third play of the game. But after that the game turned into a punt-fest the rest of the first quarter as the two teams traded possession four straight times.
Leading 7-0 starting the second, Caledonia got a boost from the defense when Ryan Pitts picked off a pass, giving Caledonia first down at the Kingsland 29. On the play Pitts actually returned the interception for a touchdown but the Warriors were called for holding, negating the score. It didn’t make much difference as Cuda scored from 10 yards out to put the Warriors up 14-0. Pitts then scored from 58 yards out after a Kingsland punt to give Caledonia a 21-0 lead. After another punt, Mason DeMorett scored from one yard out to give Caledonia a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Caledonia would add another touchdown run from Cuda in the third quarter, and Hunter Hauser-Caldwell scored from three yards out in the fourth for the Warriors. Cuda gained 104 yards on 16 carries and Pitts, who rested most of the game, finished with 63 yards on three carries, including the 58 yard touchdown run. DeMorett finished with 55 passing yards on 6-10 throwing and passed the 1,000 yard mark passing, giving him 1,046 passing yards and 10 touchdowns so far.
Defensively Caledonia had a stellar performance as they held Kingsland to just four yards rushing in the game. Seth Twite posted eight tackles and one of five quarterback sacks by the Warrior defense in the game. Danny Welscher had five tackles and a sack with Shane Sheehan, West Spier and Phillip Paulson also getting to the quarterback.
– Brady Ambrose
Caledonia 7 21 7 7 — 42
Kingsland 0 0 0 6 — 6
First quarter: C—Jacob Cuda 8 run (Mason Ashbacher kick).
Second quarter: C—Cuda 10 run (Ashbacher kick); C—Ryan Pitts 58 run (Ashbacher kick); C—Mason DeMorett 1 run (Ashbacher kick).
Third quarter: C—Cuda 4 run (Ashbacher kick).
Fourth quarter: K—Jacob Rindels 3 run (kick failed); C—Hunter Hauser-Caldwell 3 run (Hunter Hoschiet kick).
Rushing: C—Cuda 16-104, Pitts 3-63; K—Rindels 4-39.
Passing: C—DeMorett 6-10-1-55; K—Quinn Larson 8-16-1-43; Jordan Meskil 0-4-0-0.
Receiving: C—Sean Connor 2-25, Sam Schulte 3-22; K—Isiah Bubany 3-26.
Total yards: C: 247-55—302; K: 4-43—47.
Fumbles-lost: C—3-0; K—4-0.
Records: C 8-0, 8-0; K 0-8, 0-8.