MINNEAPOLIS - It was over early -- again.
Caledonia football, vying for consecutive Class AA state titles, exacted 24 minutes of revenge against Eden-Valley Watkins in spite of a 2005 Prep Bowl loss -- the Warriors only such defeat under head coach Carl Fruechte.
When the dust settled following a furious start on offense, the defending state champs celebrated a 61-12 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Junior quarterback Owen King found Prep Bowl perfection for the second straight year, throwing for 319 yards and five touchdowns before halftime. The South Dakota State basketball commit fell one touchdown short of tying the Prep Bowl record of six passing touchdowns.
"Just another day for Owen, I would say," Jordan Burg (5 receptions, 99 yards, 2 TDs) said. "He's awesome. It's pretty easy to do what we do when we have him making the throws like that."
"Offensive line gave me great time all day, I was clean back there pretty much the whole time," King said. "I was able to make throws that I expect myself to make and these guys made the plays for me."
After a 40-0 halftime lead ballooned into a 61-12 Caledonia Class AA state crown, the only question that remained after the game: Does this make up for the 2005 state championship loss to the Eagles?
"Just a little, just a little," Fruechte said. "I felt that we and when I say we I mean coaches and I, we left that one down. Learned a lot from it, learned a lot. I was telling Adam Tri before the game that it taught me a lot."