Caledonia football dynasty gets better with age

It’s obvious when a team wins 68 games in a row, the word dynasty is a given. But Caledonia has routinely run opponents right off the field and it did so again Friday in the Class AA Minnesota state championship game.

It has been more than 1,840 days and counting since the Warriors have lost a football game. The team’s 26-0 victory over Minneapolis North capped off the program’s 5th straight state title.

Caledonia is just the second school in the state of Minnesota to win five straight state football titles and in those five championships, Caledonia has won by an average margin of 35 points.

Head coach Carl Fruechte said winning football games is not what makes this program special. It’s the relationship between the players and the coaching staff.

“They want more out of a sport than just winning a football game or basketball game or a wrestling meet. They want that relationship. They want to know that somebody has their back and somebody they can trust when the going gets tough,” Fruechte said.

He said his staff does a great job connecting with student-athletes, helping them reach life goals outside of football.

“I have a wonderful staff. They are all great guys,” Fruechte said. “I think you can see how passionate they are for our kids. It’s not just because we win. They are in their lives the rest of the day trying to help them make the right decisions and be positive about where they are going to go.”

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