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Caledonia football team rolls past Chatfield

Posted Sunday, October 31, 2010 by LaCrosse Tribune


CALEDONIA, Minn. — Lucas Lampert is secure in his role as a wide receiver for the Caledonia High School football team.

The senior accepts the fact that the Warriors will always run first, but he also looks forward to nights like the one he enjoyed in an MSHSL Section 1AA semifinal on Saturday.

Lampert caught eight passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in top-seeded Caledonia’s 41-7 win over fifth-seeded Chatfield.

“He’s a guy I can just throw the ball up to and know he’ll find a way to get to it,” Caledonia quarterback Josh Gran said. “He can go up there and get anything.”

But opportunities can be scarce for a receiver who plays for a run-first team.

Lampert doesn’t even catch a pass every week, and there are times when he sees only a chance or two in a game.

But the fourth-ranked Warriors (10-0) wanted to involve Lampert against the Gophers (5-5) and did perfectly.

Four of his catches resulted in a first down, and he hauled in TD passes in the first and third quarters to help Caledonia qualify for a section final against second-seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa (7-3) on Friday.

That game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Caledonia.

“I don’t always have to get the ball thrown to me,” said Lampert, who has 35 catches for 458 yards and 10 touchdowns. “I can open up other receivers by being out there, but it’s nice to get some catches and help the team move the ball, too.”

Gran, who passed for 129 yards to break the 1,000-yard barrier, connected with Lampert on a fade to the left corner of the end zone in the first quarter. That gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead.

The second score came on a fourth-and-20 play from the Chatfield 39 late in the third quarter.

Gran dropped back and tossed a high pass inside the 5-yard line, and Lampert timed the jump to grab the ball and fall into the end zone. That gave Caledonia a 41-7 advantage.

Those two plays alone were enough for a defense that gave Chatfield 41 total yards and two first downs — one by penalty — until the final drive of the game.

Chatfield’s lone touchdown came on an 80-yard kickoff return by Tyler Grover in the third quarter.

“We have a lot of things to fix from tonight,” said Gran, who also cited his team’s 19 penalties for 148 yards. “But you can’t look at things totally one-sided like that.

“We won, and we got the job done.”

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