Caledonia defenders Aidan Augedahl, Cole Folsom (66) and Luke Twite (53) sacked New Richland-H-E-G quarterback Kordell Schlaak late in the game. Caledonia held the Panthers to fewer than 90 yards total offense. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Noah King said he’s had a good transition into Caledonia’s starting quarterback position, a role his older brother, Owen, held the previous three seasons.
That successful transition was apparent Friday as the Warriors defeated New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 41-0 in the Class 2A quarterfinals at Burnsville High School.
King, a junior, rushed for a touchdown and threw for two more for the three-time-defending Class 2A champion Warriors (11-0), who have won 52 consecutive games, second-longest streak in state history.
Caledonia defensive back Payton Schott (85) returned a fumble for a first-quarter touchdown as the Warriors rolled up a 34-0 halftime lead. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Three-time defending Class 2A champion Caledonia won its 52nd consecutive game Friday, defeating New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 41-0 in the quarterfinals at Burnsville High School.
Junior quarterback Noah King rushed for a touchdown and threw touchdown passes to Tate Meiners and Nick McCabe.
McCabe and Jack Beardmore also rushed for touchdowns for the Warriors (11-0), while Payton Schott returned a fumble for a score.
Caledonia has won three consecutive Class 2A titles and eight since 2007. The Warriors won their most recent three with King's older brother Owen playing quarterback. Owen King is now a freshman guard on the South Dakota State basketball team.
Noah King gave Caledonia a 7-0 lead Friday with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Meiners, after Meiners had intercepted a New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva two plays earlier. The Warriors scored 15 seconds later on Schott's fumble return, before adding three second-quarter touchdowns. They finished the half with 235 yards of offense and three takeaways on defense.
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (9-3) was making its first state appearance since New Richland-Hartland appeared in state in 1985.
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Caledonia junior quarterback Noah King passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Warriors' 41-0 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine