Matt Blewett

Caledonia Warriors add to collection with seventh Prep Bowl win in ten years

Caledonia Warriors add to collection with seventh Prep Bowl win in ten years
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The Caledonia Warriors defeat the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles 61-21 to win the Prep Bowl XXXV Class 2A title on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Coming into the game undefeated, the Caledonia Warriors were looking to defend their 2015 Prep Bowl title and finish undefeated.  The powerhouse from South-East Minnesota has now won titles in seven of the last ten years.  They were able to accomplish that with a 61-12 victory over the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles.

The score at the half was Caledonia 40, Eden Valley-Watkins 0.  The second half scoring was Warriors 21, Eagles 12 leaving the final score 61-12.

Some highlights from the game:

Caledonia Warriors quarterback Owen King passed for 328 yards and five touchdowns while Ben McCabe led the Warrior running attack picking up a net 99 yards and a touchdown.  Andrew Goergen and Jordan Burg both caught two touchdowns and, though he did not score, Sam Barthel led receiving with 126 yards.  Alex Goergen picked up a touchdown each, in the air and on the ground.

Reese Jensen and Jack Bates each passed for a touchdown, hitting Matt Schindler and Ethan Moore.  The Eagles had a respectable 326 yards of offense but could not close the deal and put the ball in the end zone.  The Warriors had 523 yards of offense and seemed to score at will in the first half.

Third down is where the Warriors clipped the Eagles’ wings, allowing them to convert just 3-13 third downs.  The Eagles only got the red zone once and were not able to score while the prolific offense of the Warriors scored on 7-8 trips to the red zone.The jersey of Eden Valley-Watkins #27, which belonged to Jake Foehrenbacher, a teammate who passed away while lifting weights during the baseball season. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Remembering a fallen teammate:

It was an emotional day for Eagles players as each player wore a sticker with the number 27 on their helmet and the team visited a local barber and each got 27 shaved in their hair to remember teammate Jake Foehrenbacher.

Jake collapsed while lifting weights during the baseball season.  He was rushed to the hospital but medical staff could not revive him from the debilitating aneurism that took his life at the age of 16.  The Eagles even had Jake’s #27 jersey on the bench with them during the game.  You can read more about Jake at Tri County News.

Jake’s brother Adam, a Sophomore, was able to play in the game and kicked a 54 yard kickoff after the Eagle’s final touchdown of the game.

Photos by Rick Corwine, Story by Matt Blewett

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia celebrates their championship in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins receiver Matt Schindler (1) has the initials JF on his helmet in memory of teammate Jake Foehrenbacher, who passed away lifting weights earlier this year. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins receiver Matt Schindler (1) has the initials JF on his helmet in memory of teammate Jake Foehrenbacher, who passed away lifting weights earlier this year. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins receiver Conner Kenning (39) and his teammates shaved JF into their hair in memory of their teammate who passed away lifting weights earlier this year. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins receiver Conner Kenning (39) and his teammates shaved JF into their hair in memory of their teammate who passed away lifting weights earlier this year. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The jersey of Eden Valley-Watkins #27, which belonged to Jake Foehrenbacher, a teammate who passed away while lifting weights during the baseball season. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The jersey of Eden Valley-Watkins #27, which belonged to Jake Foehrenbacher, a teammate who passed away while lifting weights during the baseball season. Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) had a huge day for Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) had a huge day for Caledonia in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) and Caledonia full back Andrew Goergen (20) celebrate after a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) and Caledonia full back Andrew Goergen (20) celebrate after a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) in for a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia running back Ben McCabe (28) in for a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins quarterback Reese Jansen (3) was pressured all day in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins quarterback Reese Jansen (3) was pressured all day in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia quarterback Owen King (3) in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia quarterback Owen King (3) in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia fans had a lot to cheer about in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia fans had a lot to cheer about in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia receiver Sam Barthel (84) catches a pass for a big gain in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia receiver Sam Barthel (84) catches a pass for a big gain in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins Jamison Kuechle (9) carries the ball in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Eden Valley-Watkins Jamison Kuechle (9) carries the ball in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia full back Andrew Goergen (20)catches a pass from Caledonia quarterback Owen King (3)for a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Caledonia full back Andrew Goergen (20)catches a pass from Caledonia quarterback Owen King (3)for a touchdown in the 2A game between the Caledonia vs Eden Valley/Watkins on November 25, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

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