#2 state ranked Warriors roll into Hayfield and chop down Vikings 53-0

By Dugan Thomas

The Caledonia offense celebrates a first quarter touchdown catch by Colton Lampert Friday night in Hayfield.

HAYFIELD, MN - 09/12/2014

The Hayfield Vikings football team wasn't ready for what hit them Friday night. The Caledonia Warriors machine rolled into town and took control early and often. They hit like a steamroller, and didn't back down putting up 33 points in the first quarter alone. Caledonia blocked a punt for a touchdown, and had 2 fumble recovery TD's, to go along with 12 sacks in a total domination 53-0 Southern Football Alliance Blue Division win.

After receiving the kickoff and going three plays and out on the first series, Hayfield's punt was blocked by Alex Goergen, and he recovered it himself in the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead. A bold opening statement by Goergen that Caledonia wasn't messing around on this night.

It would only get worse from there, as the Vikings botched a handoff on the next series and Sam Stemper recovered at Hafield's own 21-yard line. Caledonia quarterback Austin Bauer went to the air and connected on a beautiful strike to Colton Lampert in the back of the end zone, to quickly make the score 14-0 before the Vikings could even catch their breath.

After the kickoff, it only took two plays for the Warriors smothering defense to strike again. Justin Burg had great penetration through the line and foiled a jet sweep handoff, and the ball was loose again. Caledonia linebacker Seth Twite scooped and scored for another easy touchdown, and the Warriors had a commanding 20-0 lead. Hayfield looked spooked and shaken, and Caledonia had all the confidence they needed to keep rolling.

The very next kickoff, a bad bounce went wrong for Hayfield, and when the return man tried picking it up, Sam Stemper was all over him. Stemper knocked the ball loose, and Ben McCabe pounced on it at the Vikings own 7-yard line. The fourth straight turnover recovered by the Warriors, and they struck on the very next play.

Running to the left behind Brody Holter, Case Mccormick, and Mitchell Schmitz, Devan Heaney waltzed into the end zone untouched for the 4th unanswered Caledonia touchdown of the night to make the score 27-0. The Vikings back was broken, and the game was out of reach after just a few minutes off the clock.

Hayfield got desperate on the next series, and went for it on 4th down in their own territory. They were denied again by the Warriors, and the ball went right back to Caledonia with great field position. Tanner Gran entered the game at running back and went right to work picking up a couple first downs behind a loaded offensive line.

Austin Bauer faded back to pass from the 22-yard line, checked the safety with his eyes, and fired deep left. In the front corner of the end zone, Colton Lampert did it again. He went up for the ball and made another highlight circus catch over the cornerback while keeping his foot inbounds and landing over the pylon. The referee was in perfect position to see it all in front of him, and he raised his arms to signal a touchdown for the Warriors. An incredible pitch and catch by Bauer and Lampert, and the Warriors were putting on a show to the tune of 33-0, with 2:57 still left in the first quarter.

A couple series later in the second quarter, the Caledonia defense struck again. From Hayfield's own 15-yard line, the Vikings ran a running back sweep to the right, and Caledonia linebacker Seth Twite chased it down hard from the backside. Twite made a hard tackle and squeezed the ball loose as it laid perfectly on the field, ripe for the picking. Drew Stemper snatched it at the 11-yard line and found end zone glory for a another fumble return touchdown. The Warriors are taught to scoop and score with those turnovers, and they've been perfecting that strategy lately. The score with the Goergen extra-point added increased to 40-0, and Caledonia started to rest their starters even before halftime.

Caledonia received the second half kickoff and went right back to work with their ground game. Devan Heaney found room to the right, cut back to the left, and was off to the races. The Vikings angled him to the sidelines and finally got him down after a 41-yard pick-up to Hayfield's 7-yard line. A play later, Heaney followed Brody Holter and Mitchell Schmitz right into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown run, and it capped off another impressive drive to make it 46-0 Warriors.

The 4th quarter found the game with Caledonia's second and third string units and a running clock. The opportunity to get the younger guys into the game was valuable, and they had success as well pinning the Vikings deep into their own territory after a failed 4th down conversion. The very next play quarterback Austin Werner fired a quick pass to Ben McCabe, and he did the rest. McCabe made a move, stiff-armed his defender and was gone, a 21-yard pitch and catch to make the score 53-0.

The drive to Hayfield was a long trek, but the bus ride back home had to be an enjoyable one for the Warriors, as they had their most impressive win to date. The defense shut-out the Vikings, and after the stats were added up, it was impressive. They held Hayfield to 11 total yards of offense in the game, with 12 sacks, a blocked punt touchdown, and two fumble recovery TD's. The offense put up 232 yards, with 153 on the ground, and 79 through the air. They had 3 touchdowns passing, and two more rushing. This team is hitting their stride at (4-0), and living up to their #2 state ranking with authority.

Next week the Warriors host Kingsland in their Homecoming game at Caledonia High School Stadium Friday, September 19, at 7:00 PM. The (4-0) Warriors, face the Knights who are (0-3) on the year, in this Southern Football Alliance Blue Division battle. 

Game Notes:

The great thing about having so many talented football players, is different athletes get to stand out each week. This week it was Seth Twite and Drew Stemper who had huge games. Twite had 5 solo tackles, 3 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble return touchdown. An incredible game from another one of Caledonia's elite linebackers, and Seth showed what kind of athlete he is Friday night. Constantly in the backfield, and all over the field, Twite is a playmaker, and his senior leadership is extremely valuable to this football team.

Drew Stemper might have been wearing a #52 jersey with "Skinner" on the back, but I can guarantee you it was all Stemper wreaking havoc on the field. A last minute decision by Drew to join the football team this year has been paying off for both himself and the Warriors. Hopefully his new jerseys arrive this week, and everyone can see his name in action for real this Friday night at Homecoming. Drew has a hustle that just won't quit, and he's relentless to the ball playing an undersized defensive tackle position. He uses his quickness to shoot the gap and get into the backfield, and his defensive stats are impressive for the time share role he's been playing. Stemper had 4 solo tackles, 3 sacks, and a fumble return touchdown Friday night, and the coaches have to be excited in what they're seeing from Drew this year.

Quarterback Austin Bauer, and wide receiver Colton Lampert connected on two impressive first quarter touchdown passes to help blow the game open early. Bauer used his eyes to keep the free safety in the middle of the field, and then placed it perfectly over the defender to Lampert where he could make a play on it in the end zone. The second TD was an impressive catch by Lampert, that would make any highlight reel look good. This Bauer/Lampert scoring connection could be lethal going forward for the Caledonia offense, and it'll keep defenses from keying on the Warriors run game as well. The one-two punch of Devan Heaney and Tanner Gran kept the Warriors rushing attack moving Friday night. Heaney had 88 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 9 carries to lead the team. Gran had 35 yards on 9 carries, but also had a long impressive touchdown run taken off the board by a holding penalty. Austin Bauer had 4 rushes for 32 yards, and Sean McGonigle had 2 receptions for 17 yards.

A number of younger players received valuable playing time, and they came through with great numbers. Ben McCabe had 3 tackles, a QB sack, and a fumble recovery to go along with his 21-yard touchdown catch. Freshman defensive end/linebacker Pat Curley saw extensive playing time, and picked up 4 solo tackles. Nick Logging had 4 tackles, Eli Ruesgen had 3, and Ezekial Ott picked up a QB sack. 

Southern Football Alliance - Blue

Caledonia    33  7  6  7  -  53

Hayfield        0   0  0  0  -   0

First quarter: C-Alex Goergen blocked punt recovered in the end zone (Goergen kick); C-Colton Lampert 21 pass from Austin Bauer (Goergen kick); C-Seth Twite 11 fumble recovery (kick failed); C-Devan Heaney 7 run (Goergen kick); C-Lampert 22 pass from Bauer (kick failed).

Second quarter: C-Drew Stemper 11 fumble recovery (Goergen kick).

Third quarter: C-Heaney 6 run (kick failed).

Fourth quarter: C-Ben McCabe 21 pass from Austin Werner (Goergen kick).

Rushing: C-Heaney 9-88; H-Tanner Johnston 14-58.

Passing: C-Bauer 2-9-0-43; H-Drew Olive 1-1-0-13.

Receiving: C-Lampert 2-43; H-Peter Ossman 1-13.

Total yards: C-153-79-232; H-4-15-11.

Fumbles: C-2-0; H-8-4.

Records: C 4-0; H 1-2.