CALEDONIA, Minn. -

Numbers don't matter at Caledonia. No matter how many starters return, expectations remain the same.

"You've got to live up to these standards and it doesn't matter who you are," senior quarterback Alex Varney said.

"It's a big mountain to climb to get to the top," said Caledonia Head Coach Brent Schroeder. "Every year, we have to tell our kids, we're starting right back at the bottom just like all the other schools in Minnesota."

And if the Warriors are to three-peat as State Champions, it might come down to two players: Adam Varney and Zach Kasten, who will have to suit up at both running back and middle linebacker.

"I mean it's high school football, we're a small 2-A school and stuff, so it's kind of been that way around Caledonia forever," Schroeder said. "We're gonna be smart on special teams with him and rest him when we can and that's when we need some younger kids to step up and give him a break on offense or defense."

"I feel not a lot of pressure but you want to do the best you can this year," Kasten said. "I got a lot of things I want to live up to, a lot of standards that I have set."

Caledonia will have a new quarterback this fall as Alex Varney goes under center, but his connection to this coaching staff is already pretty thick. He worked for coach Schroeder's landscaping company this summer.

"Definitely working for him gets that relationship. Like, I get a feel for him not as a football coach but as a boss," said Varney.

"He's just gotta take command and play with his abilities and just really be the leader out there that we expect him to be, and he's done a great job with that so far this summer," said Kasten.

"This winter, hopefully get to do some shoveling for him," Varney added.