Recap: After Caledonia dominated previously undefeated Pipestone 40-0 for its seventh state championship, Caledonia coach Brent Schroeder refused to say where the 2015 edition of the Warriors would rank on the school's list of great teams.
"We never dictate that one team is better than any other team," Schroeder said. "The kids are in our hearts forever. We look at them all like a family, no matter if they win a state championship or not."
By the numbers, however, it would be hard to find a better Caledonia team. The Warriors finished 14-0, outscoring opponents 667-69.
Caledonia took the opening kickoff against Pipestone and drove straight downfield for a touchdown, taking a quick 7-0 lead. The Warriors extended the lead to 33-0 by halftime, taking advantage of three Pipestone turnovers. For the game, Caledonia outgained Pipestone 394-127 in total yards. Three Warriors each scored twice: Sam Stemper rushed for two touchdowns, and Colton Lampert and Alex Goergen each caught two scoring passes from quarterback Owen King.
Key to the game: Pipestone won the toss, yet deferred, electing instead to receive the second-half kickoff. Caledonia scored right away on a six-play, 54-yard opening drive.
Quote: "Sometimes, you shut out the other team 42-0. I think Caledonia is a little better than we are, and that happens [to us] if we don't play great. We can't turn the ball over three times in the first half and expect that [not] to happen." — Pipestone coach Clay Anderson
One thing to know: Pipestone's top two rushers, Austin Moeller and McKinley Bush, were both unable to play in the championship game.