CALEDONIA KEEPS ROLLING
CALEDONIA – The best high school football team in the state in Class AA continued to show why it deserves to be No. 1.
The Caledonia Warriors rolled to a 41-8 victory against a strong Chatfield team on Friday, building a 27-0 halftime lead and never trailing.
Caledonia extended its nation-best winning streak to 58 games by compiling 311 yards of offense. Quarterback Noah King completed 9 of 14 attempts for 204 yards and four touchdowns. Donnie Lakey was his top target; Lakey caught four passes for 110 yards and two TDs, and Eli King caught two passes for 69 yards, both going for touchdowns.
The Warriors defense got in on the scoring action, too. Jack Strub opened the scoring with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Chatfield’s Sam Backer had a big night, rushing 29 times for 204 yards and the Gophers’ lone touchdown, in the third quarter.
Caledonia (4-0) plays at Rochester Lourdes on Friday. Chatfield (2-2) plays at Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
CALEDONIA 41, CHATFIELD 8
BURI CARRIES NO. 6 STEWARTVILLE
ST. CHARLES -- Josh Buri rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns as Stewartville ran its record to 4-0 with a 36-22 victory over St. Charles.
Buri had scoring runs of 4 and 45 in the first quarter and added a 36-yard scoring romp in the third quarter.
Will Tschetter was 14-for-19 passing for 158 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the visiting Tigers. He had a 40-yard TD toss to Will Laures and a 5-yard scoring pass to Nolan Stier, who also had a 37-yard catch in the game.
The Tigers, ranked sixth in the state in Class AAA, built a 36-6 lead in the third quarter before St. Charles scored the game's final two touchdowns. Stewartville had 352 total yards, 158 passing and 194 rushing.
Logan Wendt rushed for 138 yards on 14 carries for the Saints, including a 71-yard TD in the second quarter. Noah Disbrow added 52 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored on runs of 16 yards in the third quarter and 9 yards in the fourth.
The Saints (2-2) had 272 total yards, 209 rushing and 63 passing. Drew Maloney was 5-for-11 passing for 63 yards.
Stewartville 36, St. Charles 22
BYRON COMES UP JUST SHY AGAINST EAST
BYRON – Byron went toe-to-toe with Mankato East on Friday night, but the Cougars made one more play and held off the home-standing Bears for a 35-28 non-district victory.
Byron had the ball at its own 30-yard line as time ticked out, but East sacked the Byron quarterback on the final play of the game to seal the win.
The score was tied 7-7 after one quarter and 14-14 at halftime. East took a 28-21 lead into the fourth and held on to improve to 2-2.
East finished with 360 total yards, including 162 passing and 198 on the ground. Four of the Cougars five TDs came on runs.
Byron was led by running back Austin Freerksen, who accounted for all of the Bears’ scores. He carried 19 times for 130 yards and three TDs, and he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD. Ben Stienessen had six catches for 83 yards and quarterback Drew Scheuer completed 13 of 23 passes for 116 yards, with three interceptions.
“We’ll get back at it this week,” Bears coach Ben Halder said. “We played well, we just had too many turnovers and pre-snap penalties, things that we can control.”
Mankato East 35, Byron 28
Z-M RALLIES LAST TO BEAT PANTHERS
ZUMBROTA -- Zumbrota-Mazeppa got its first win of the season on Friday, scoring 16 points in the final 3:47 of regulation to get it done.
That pushed the Cougars to a 22-17 win over Pine Island in Southeast District football action.
Zach Hutton caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from William Holm III for the first of those Z-M scores. The Cougars followed that with a two-point conversion. Z-M then got its winning TD on a 1-yard plunge with 22 seconds left by Calven Voxland. That was followed by another two-point conversion.
Pine Island quarterback Carter O’Relly finished 12-for-19 passing 110 yards and a touchdown.
Voxland had 19 carries for 81 yards, with two touchdowns. Z-M rushed for 150 yards as a team.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 22, Pine Island 17
LAKE CITY’S WINNING STREAK HITS 3
RED WING – Lake City scored three times in the first quarter and never looked back, rolling to a 58-7 non-district victory at Red Wing on Friday.
Lake City (3-1) has a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2012.
The Tigers were led Friday by a stout defense, which limited Red Wing to 103 total yards, including minus-15 rushing yards.
Justin Wohlers passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, while Ben Nutt ran for 82 yards and three TDs on 16 carries. Tate Gnoke caught two touchdown passes and Reid Gastner caught one. Gastner finished with five receptions for 113 yards.
Dontray Johnson scored the lone touchdown for Red Wing (0-4), a 3-yard run in the third quarter.
LAKE CITY 58, RED WING 7
TRITON ROLLS PAST DOVER-EYOTA
DOVER -- The Triton Cobras earned their third straight win on Friday, going on the road to knock off Dover-Eyota 34-20.
Triton struck for 13 points in the first quarter, with Jaxon Sackett catching a touchdown pass three minutes into the game.
Dover-Eyota's Blake Blattner scored all three of the Eagles' touchdowns.
Triton (3-1) hosts St. Charles next week, while Dover-Eyota (0-4) is at Pine Island.
Triton 34, Dover-Eyota 20