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Caledonia looks for 4th consecutive undefeated season and state championship today

Rick Solem

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The Caledonia High School football team heads into very familiar territory today.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Warriors are undefeated heading into the the Minnesota Class 2A state championship game.

If the No. 1-ranked Warriors (12-0) win at 1 p.m. today at U.S. Bank Stadium against unranked Barnesville (11-2), it will be their fourth consecutive state title and 54th consecutive victory.

Listen to the game on Classic Hits 94.7 FM or by clicking the “listen live” link online here.

Caledonia’s last loss was 21-0 to BOLD in a back on Nov. 15, 2014 in the state semifinals.

Since 2007, Caledonia has been in the state championship eight times and has won every one.

The last time the Warriors lost a state championship was 2005, a 21-7 defeat to Eden Valley-Watkins in the Metrodome.

Oddly enough, that was Karl Klug’s senior season. Klug went on to play at the University of Iowa, before a seven-year career in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Caledonia, this season, came into the playoffs averaging 43.9 points a game, while giving up just 9.6. Barnesville is in a similar spot, scoring 37.0, while giving up just 10.0.

Barnesville took out No. 2-ranked Minneapolis North 34-21 in the state semifinals by rushing 59 times for 382 yards. The team did not throw a pass.

The team entered the playoffs throwing just 23 passes all season. Barnesville is led by Nick Detloff, who entered the playoffs with 1,084 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. After him, Chase Brenner came in with 566 yards and seven TDs, while Adam Tonsfeldt rushed for 442 yards and also had seven TDs.

Caledonia entered the playoffs with a balanced attack — 2,248 yards rushing and 2,242 yards in the air.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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