Goergen, Warriors start fast

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Noah King stiff arms a Tiger defender.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Noah King stiff arms a Tiger defender.

By Ryan Pitts

The Caledonia Argus

It didn’t take long for Andrew Goergen and the rest of the receiving core to pick up where they left off last season. Behind the arm of quarterback Owen King, the Warriors fired out of the gate Friday night with a strong passing game that left Lake City in the dust just minutes into the game.

A quick three and out by Lake City gave King the ball and one play later, King struck Goergen for a 39-yard gain. The next play, King then hit Jordan Burg for a 25-yard gain. Two plays later from the eight-yard line, senior runningback Mason Staggemeyer took his first handoff of the game to the house for the first Warrior touchdown of the season.

After a missed extra point, the Warriors defense held Lake City to another three and out. A bad punt gave the Warriors the ball on the Lake City 35-yard line. After a nice run by junior Nick McCabe, King then hit Burg again. This time, Burg putting it in for a nice 28-yard pitch and catch and just five minutes into the game, the Warriors took a 13-0 lead.

Another strong defensive stand forced Lake City to punt after another three and out on the next series. This time dropping back from the 40-yard line, sophomore quarterback Noah King hit Goergen along the enemy side line for a 37-yard strike. Noah King plunged it in the next play from three yards out to give the Warriors a 20-0 early first quarter lead.

The first quarter rounded out by a couple unsuccessful series by both teams, but the Warriors held their 20-0 lead.

Noah King connected with Goergen again for a 39 yard completion to open up the first offensive series of the second quarter.  A few runs later, Noah King kept the ball on the one yard line and sprinted to the pile on for his second touchdown run of the night. On the kickoff, Lake City opened up a big hole and took the kickoff to the house for their only score of the night. Caledonia marched down the field on the next possession led by Owen King, a seven-yard pass to Goergen sealed the deal as the first half quickly came to a close after, Warriors up at half 32-7.

The Warriors opened up the second half with a nice march down field. A fumbled snapped forced Owen King to take it himself and the senior busted it for a nice 31 yard gain. An 18-yard run by Staggemeyer on the next play put the ball right on the goal line. Two plays later he ran it in for his second touchdown of the evening.

The remainder of the third and fourth quarter was both teams trading punches on the ground game and rotating younger players in. The final seconds ticked off the board and Caledonia walked off the field with their first victory of the season, 39-7.

Owen King was eight for 12 passing for 155 yards passing, 35 rushing yards, and two passing touchdowns. Noah King was three for six passing for 85 yards, he also had two rushing touchdowns.  Andrew Goergen was the main target, catching seven passes for 162 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Burg had two receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. Kyle Cavanaugh and Austin Heim each had one reception.

Mason Staggemeyer led the ground game with nine carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns.  Nick McCabe had 10 carries for 39 yards, Jack Strub had seven carries for 27 yards, and Jack Beardmore had five carries for 10 yards.

Ryan Wagner and Arick Bauer both recorded a sack for the Warrior defense. Tate Meiners led the defense with eight solo tackles, Evan Denstad recording six, and Kyle Cavanaugh and Nick McCabe each recording four.

Comparison

Caledonia had 16 first downs compared to Lake City’s four.

Caledonia had 169 rushing yards compared to Lake City’s 64.

Caledonia had 240 passing yards compared to just 18 from Lake City.

The Warrior offense racked up a total of 409 yards compared to Lake City’s 82.