It's easy to overlook a defense on a team that has a Minnesota Mr. Football finalist who has thrown for 37 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.
But for the Caledonia Warriors quest for a state championship three-peat, their defense has been a consistent driving force.
Over the past six games, they've held opponents to an average of 5.8 points per contest. That includes a shutout this past Friday night of No. 2 ranked Minneapolis North who entered that state quarterfinal scoring an average of 47 points per game.
"First of all Coach (Brent) Schroeder does a great job with out defense. He makes sure everybody is gap sound and we know our assignments," said head coach Carl Fruechte.
"We're just playing physical and fast right now. We watch a lot of tape and we really try to get into the coach's mind of what we've got to do. And we're making plays, we're making plays and we are communicating."
This Thursday Caledonia faces Paynesville Area in the MSHSL Class AA state semifinal game.
"We need to keep our energy up and stay with the basics and hopefully get another one," said senior defensive lineman David Seymour.
"You know you can rely on them if something doesn't work out on offense right way, you can rely on them to get something going and get stops as fast as they can," said Brent Robley who leads the team in sacks.