Warriors club R-P 41-16

Varsity vs Rushford Peterson HS on 9/30/2011 7:00:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2011 by Caledonia Argus

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia Warriors football team made it four in a row with a convincing 41-16 drubbing of the Rushford-Peterson Trojans last Friday night.

The visiting Warriors scored early and often and built up a commanding 27-0 halftime lead. They scored 14 unanswered points in the second half for a 41-0 lead. The Warrior benches were cleared and R-P’s first string scored two TDs late in the fourth period.

Matt Petersen had a big night carrying the ball for the Warriors. The senior running back scored four touchdowns on runs of 15, 4, 3 and 8 yards.

Peterson put Caledonia on the board when he scored from 15 yards out at the 9:55 mark of the first quarter. Austin Goergen’s kick was good for the 7-0 lead.

Caledonia made it 13-0 early in the second period when Jacob Swindell broke free and scored from 27 yards out. The kicked failed.

Several minutes later, following the first of two Houston Halverson interceptions, Peterson scored his second TD of the evening, this time from four yards out. Goergen’s kick was good and the Caledonia lead was 20-0.

R-P turned the ball over on a fumble and the Warriors set up shop on the 45 yard line. Two plays later Kennan Bruening found Josh Lampert open for a 50 yard TD pass. The Goergen kick was good and the Caledonia lead swelled to 27-0 as the first half came to a close.

Petersen scored his third TD of the night early in the third period following a second Halverson interception. The Goergen kick was good and the score was 34-0.

Caledonia scored once more in opening minutes of the fourth period when Petersen scored from eight yards out. Goergen kicked his fifth extra point of the night, and the Caledonia lead was 41-0.

R-P scored two TDs late in the contest for the final 41-16 score.

Team stats

The Warriors racked up 215 yards on the ground, passed for 127 for a 342 yard total. The Warrior defense held the Trojans to 76 yards rushing and zero yards passing for a 76 yard total.

Offensive stats

Swindell led the Warrior ground game with 124 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Petersen had 85 yards and four TDs on 22 carries. Bruening carried the ball twice for 14 yards and Ryan Pitts had two carries for 13 yards.

Bruening completed 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Alex Varney completed 2 of 4 passes for 10 yards.

Lampert caught three passes for 85 yards and a TD. Jared Hegge had four catches for 32 yards and Travis Frank had one catch for 11 yards.

Adam Drenckhahn had two punt returns for 33 yards and two kick off returns for 14 yards.

Goergen was 5 for 6 kicking extra points on the night. He also punted four times for 164 yards.

Defensive stats

Zach Kasten had seven tackles and a QB sack to lead the Warrior defense. Kevin Lapham had six tackles and forced a fumble. Connor McCormick also had six tackles. Alex Betz had five tackles and Halverson had four tackles and two interceptions. Brett Colsch had three tackles and a fumble recovery, Frank also had three tackles, as did Collin Coffield, Ryan Mauss and Shane Sheehan. Adam Buttell, Mason Demorett and Pitts each had two tackles and Brad Strub had one tackle; West Spier had a QB sack; David Pohlman had a fumble recovery and Drenckhahn caused a fumble.

Up next

The Warriors are on the road for the third straight week this Friday when they travel to Spring Valley to take on the Kingsland Knights.

You can contact Charlie Warner at charlie.warner@ecm-inc.com