By Brady Ambrose
Finishing with a 10-1 record, the 2013 Caledonia football team racked up some impressive numbers.
Coach Brent Schroeder’s team outscored their opponents 367-78, doing most of their damage in the second quarter when they scored 155 points to just 13 for their opponents. With 194 carries for 1,560 yards, Ryan Pitts proved he was the premier back in the area – and one of the best in the state with 20 touchdowns, including 18 rushing, one kick return and another on an interception return. Pitts tallied 1,900 total all-purpose yards for an offense that also featured Jacob Cuda (68 carries-398 yards), Devan Heaney (26-231) and Sam Schulte (26-140). Those four backs rushed for 2,329 yards on 314 carries for a 7.42 yard-per-carry average.
Senior Mason DeMorett, in his only season as starting quarterback, proved to be the real deal and led the offense up and down the field, completing 93 of 184 pass attempts for 1.397 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions while averaging 15 yards on every completion. Forty percent of DeMorett’s passing yards were caught by Schulte, who had 31 catches for 563 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
In eight games, Adam Buttell hauled in 27 receptions for 326 yards and two scores, while Sean Conner had 18 catches and three touchdowns while totaling 281 yards in receptions. Alex Goetzinger had 15 catches for 274 yards and also scored three times.
On defense, the Warriors held their opponents to just 7.1 points per game. With a total of 65 tackles, Goetzinger led a defensive group that also included Pitts, who recorded 50 tackles on the season. Shane “Rocket” Sheehan and West Spier made a living out of harassing opposing quarterbacks. Both had four sacks during the season and teamed up for 83 tackles with Sheehan tallying 43 and Spier 40 more.
Four other players, Austin Bauer (39), Adam Buttell (31), Seth Twite (35) and Blaine Knutson (35) all had at least 30 tackles on the season for a defense that allowed just 2,013 total yards and caused 29 turnovers.
Buttell led Caledonia with three interceptions and Knutson had four fumble recoveries.
Special teams was another cog in the wheel. Mason Ashbacher handled most of the kicking duties with kick-offs and punts. Ashbacher had 18 punts for 537 yards, and Spier punted 12 times for 391 yards. Goetzinger added one punt.
Caledonia also won their sixth straight conference title and will carry a 33 game conference winning streak into next season.