Caledonia is King Again, Wins Third Straight 2A Football Title
The Caledonia Warriors won their third straight Class 2A football championship with a record setting 57-6 win over Pipestone Area at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Senior quarterback Owen King ran for one touchdown and threw for five to tie a Prep Bowl record set by Triton quarterback Kirk Midthun in 1994. The record was for total touchdowns accounted for in a game. Midthun threw for all six of his scores.
Caledonia won their ninth state title and sixth since 2010. They are the first Class 2A team to win three consecutive championships.
With the win they went unbeaten again this season and ironically their closes game of the year came in week two against Triton.
The Cobras had a multiple touchdown lead in the third quarter (27-7) when the Warriors came storming back and won the game 34-27.
Caledonia defeated Triton again in the Section final 35-7, which proved to be their next closest game.
In their three State Tournament games against Minneapolis North, Paynesville Area and Pipestone Area the Warriors outscored their opponents 144-22.
The Warriors led 36-6 at the half.
The Arrows were held to minus 11 total yards and 0 yards passing. They also had no first downs in the game. Their only touchdown came on a 76 yard kickoff return.
Pipestone Area was 0 for 11 on third downs and Caledonia 7 of 13. The Warriors were also 2 for 3 on 4th down conversions.
Caledonia had a short field to work with most of the day because of that swarming defense with an average starting field position of the Arrows 46.
Pipestone Area Head Coach Clay Anderson used to be an assistant under Northfield's Bubba Sullivan and spent a few years in Albert Lea and Norwood-Young America prior to building the Pipestone Area program.
King was 18 of 28 for 246 yards and rushed 7 times for another 39 yards.
The Warriors rushed for 176 yards and their total yardage was 422.
Caledonia senior Mason Staggemeyer led the running game with 83 yards on 14 carries and had a touchdown.
Caledonia's tackle chart showed 14 tackles for loss in the game.
The picture below was from the Triton at Byron season opener on KDHL Radio.