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Warriors get back on winning track with 26-6 win over Chatfield

Varsity vs Chatfield HS on 9/9/2011 7:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 15, 2011 by Caledonia Argus

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

After seeing their 31-game home field winning streak snapped last week by PEM, the Caledonia Warriors football team bounced back with a 26-6 win over a very good Chatfield team played in Caledonia.

While Caledonia scored 26 points against the Gophers, Friday night’s game was a defensive battle.

The Warriors rushed for 98 yards and passed for 41 more for 139 total yards of offense. Chatfield was held to just 34 yards on the ground and 76 passing for a 110-yard total.

Following a scoreless first period, Caledonia got on the scoreboard when the defense stopped the Gophers deep in their own end of the field and forced a punt. The punt was blocked, the Chatfield punter gathered in the ball and was chased out of the end zone by Travis Frank for a safety.

The Warriors received the kick following the safety and marched down the field for their second score of the night. Kennan Bruening found Adam Drenckhahn open for a nine-yard TD pass. The Austin Goergen kick was good, and Caledonia took a 9-0 lead into the halftime break.

The Gophers made it a three point contest when they scored early in the third period. Chatfield scored on a six-yard pass from Nate Skare to Jesse Julian. The kick failed and the score was 9-6.

The Warriors countered with another scoring drive that was capped by a one-yard run by Matt Petersen. The Goergen kick was good and the Warriors took a 16-6 lead into the final period.

The Warriors scored 10 points in the final 12 minutes for the 20 margin of victory.

Drenckhahn showed off his speed, as he gathered in a Chatfield punt on the 19 yard line and raced 81 yards for a TD. The Goergen kick was once again good and the Caledonia lead was 23-3.

Caledonia’s final points of the night came on a 30-yard field goal by Goergen.

Besides playing a stifling defense, the Warriors did a much better job of taking care of the football in this game. The week before they turned the ball over four times to PEM on fumbles. They only had one turnover in this contest, while gaining three Gophers takeaways.

Offensive stats

Petersen led the ground game with 51 yards on 19 carries and one TD. Bruening rushed 12 times for 22 yards. Ryan Pitts picked up 12 yards on two carries, Alex Varney had five yards on one carry, Ryan Rusert and Zach Kasten each gained three yards on one carry and Brett Colsch had two yards on two carries.

Bruening completed four of six passing attempts for 41 yards and one TD.

Drenckhahn had two catches for 13 yards and a TD, Frank had one catch for 27 yards and Josh Lampert had one catch for one yard.

Drenckhahn had a big night returning kicks. He had three punt returns for 97 yards and a TD and two kick off returns for 46 yards.

Goergen scored six points with a field goal and three extra point kicks.

Defensive stats

Goergen had a busy night on defense with 11 tackles. Frank had seven tackles, including a quarterback sack and a safety. Colsch and Jared Hegge each had five tackles. Levi Schmitz had four tackles and a QB sack. Kasten, Houston Halverson and Drenckhahn each had three tackles. Alex Betz and Kevin Lapham had two tackles. Connor McCormick had one tackle and a fumble recovery, Collin Coffield had one tackle and an interception and David Pohlman, Brad Strub, Adam Buttell, Rusert and Bruening each had one tackle.

Up next

The Warriors will host St. Charles this Friday night for the 2011 Homecoming game. Kick-off is 7 p.m.

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