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.
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