Football | Caledonia 38, Southland 6

 ADAMS — Caledonia capitalized on five turnovers from Southland and won its 20th straight game Friday night at the Adams Athletic Complex.

The Southland Rebels got the ball first in the Three Rivers Conference, South Division game and fumbled it away. The Caledonia Warriors recovered the fumble and Brad Strub scored on their second play. The visiting Warriors led the whole way in the 38-6 win.

Caledonia's defense scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Midway through the third, Southland quarterback Decker Bendtsen was hit while trying to throw a pass and Ryan Pitts got the interception, then raced 51 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth,  Levi Schmitz ran 58 yards after a fumble recovery.

Even when they made mistakes, the Warriors still made big plays. Strub, who rushed for a game-high 162 yards on 18 carries, rumbled for a first down in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. The Rebels defense managed to strip the ball from Strub, but Levi Schmitz of the Warriors picked up the loose ball and continued the play on a 58-yard recovery for a touchdown.

Other touchdowns for Caledonia (7-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state Class AA poll) were on a 28-yard run by Jacob Swindell and a 3-yard pass from Alex Varney to Alex Goetzinger.


In offensive yards, Caledonia led Southland 365-250.

Nick Schmitz scored Southland's lone touchdown on a 12-yard run late in the third quarter.

Caledonia 38, Southland 6



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