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10/20 football: McCormick a rushing machine for Warriors in shutout of Rebels

Varsity vs Southland HS on 10/20/2010
Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by LaCrosse Tribune

CALEDONIA, Minn. - His feet pushed off the ground harder with every step.

Defenders grabbed his legs, his feet, his hips, his shoulder and his arms.

Caledonia High School running back Connor McCormick didn't care about any of the contact.

In fact, it seemed to make him stronger as he ran over Southland defenders or dragged them for yard after yard and first down after first down.

There were a lot of things for the third-ranked Warriors to be happy about on Wednesday night, but McCormick's 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 26-0 victory over the Rebels may have been the highlight.

"I had a gut feeling that he'd be a machine in this game, and he was," Caledonia coach Brent Schroeder said. "That's Connor's style of running.

"He squats 500 (pounds), and he's tough to bring down when he gets going."

The combination of McCormick and a defense that shut out a high-scoring team and held it to 93 total yards gave the third-ranked Warriors (8-0, 5-0) their third straight Three Rivers-South title.

McCormick's highlight run was probably a 16-yard scoring play in the second quarter.

Three Southland defenders swarmed him at the 10-yard line, and he somehow broke free, got to the sideline and reached the end zone.

"He got hit, kept going, got hit, kept going, got hit, kept going," Caledonia senior tight end/defensive lineman Ethan Lapham said of McCormick. "He was so explosive.

"He has something extra in him, and it's a lot of fun to watch."

So was Lapham and the Caledonia defense, which limited the Rebels (6-2, 4-1), who entered with a 43.4-point scoring average, to two first downs in the second half.

Southland's offense crossed the 50-yard line twice and moved only as close as Caledonia's 35.

Seth Kasten and Ivan Augedahl then made tackles behind the line of scrimmage to stop the Rebels' momentum.

The Warriors then rode McCormick's legs to a 61-yard touchdown drive that ended with McCormick's 16-yard scoring run and a 13-0 Caledonia lead.

"It's about heart, believing in your team and working together," McCormick said of his 172 yards and Caledonia's 330 rushing yards. "I just kept my feet chopping, and just kept trying to go.

"I kept going 'till I couldn't go anymore."

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