PREP STATE FOOTBALL: Lakeview train derailed by Caledonia
ST. PETER The No. 1 Caledonia Warriors derailed the Lakeview Laker train Saturday afternoon, 58-16. In the Lakers’ first-ever state tournament appearance, Lakeview faced the powerhouse Warriors. Caledonia has now won 26 straight games.
The Lakers’ offense struggled moving the ball in the first quarter. Going against the wind, the Warriors stacked the line and held the Lakeview runners in check.
The whole first quarter was played mostly in the Lakers’ territory. Caledonia capitalized on their first two drives. Ben McCabe scored both times for the Warriors, giving them a 13-0 lead.
The Warriors defense stepped up as well. Caledonia recorded two safeties after pinning the Lakers inside their own 1-yard line.
McCabe struck again in the second quarter, this time from 31 yards out, making it a three-score game.
The Lakers finally found the end zone halfway through the second quarter when Isaac Loe found Jake Werner for a 40-yard touchdown pass. With the score 24-8, the Lakers had life.
However, Caledonia’s Owen King quickly answered.
King threw three touchdowns in less than five minutes before going into halftime, making the score 44-8.
Caledonia received the ball to start the second half, marching down and scoring once again. The drive took almost seven minutes, taking the wind out of the Lakers’ sail.
King would throw his fifth touchdown of the game to start the fourth quarter, finishing the Warriors scoring at 58 points.
Lakeview would get a late touchdown when Loe hit Werner for the second time. This made the final 58-16.
Senior captain Darrien Wallin is going to miss his teammates.
“We played our hearts out today and all season,” said Wallin. “I am going to miss all my teammates, they are my brothers.”
Wallin continued, “Today we couldn’t find something that was working. When we did, they found a way to stop it. They are a strong team, they have been to state many times these past years.”
Wallin had one catch for 45 yards. He also recorded an interception and seven tackles.
Loe finished the game with 151 yards passing and threw two touchdowns. Werner caught five balls for 81 yards and two scores.
On defense, Trenton Bahn led the way with 15 tackles. Kailen French had 14 tackles and two fumble recoveries for the Lakers.
Lakeview coach John Sterner praised his seniors.
“Our seniors battled and battled,” said Sterner. “It came down to not being in this situation before.”
Sterner credits the Warriors and looks forward for the underclassmen to step up next season.
“They (Caledonia) have a very good team,” said Sterner. “We knew that going in. They did a few things we didn’t expect; things we couldn’t control. It wasn’t their scheme, it was the weight room.”
Sterner added, “We already talked to the underclassmen. They need to look at Caledonia and notice we need to be in the weight room. We will miss the seniors, but we still have some good players. We will come together and get the train going again.”
The Lakers finished the season 9-3, the best record in school history.
LKV 0 8 0 8-16
CAL 17 27 7 7-58
CAL: McCabe 42 yd run. Werner PAT.
CAL:McCabe 17 yd run. PAT no good.
CAL: McCabe 31 yd run. Werner PAT.
LKV: Werner from Loe 40 yd rec. Loe to Bahn 2-pt conv.
CAL: Barthel from King 23 yd rec. Werner PAT.
CAL: Barthel from King 28 yd rec. Werner PAT.
CAL: Burg from King 24 yd rec. PAT no good.
CAL: Goergon from King 1 yd rec. Werner PAT.
CAL: Barthel from King 2 yd rec. Werner PAT.
LKV: Werner from Loe 7 yd rec. Loe to Varpness 2-pt conv.
Lakeview Individual Stats
PASSING (cmp-att-yds-td-int): Loe 11-26-151-2-2; Plotz 1-1-29-0-0.
RUSHING (att-yds-td): Plotz 2-15-0.
RECEIVING: (rec-yds-td): Werner 5-81-2; Wallin 1-45-0; Bahn 2-32-0.