CALEDONIA, Minn. (KTTC) — Noah King never doubted. Never doubted that he could fill his older brother’s legendary shoes. Never doubted that he could keep the Warriors’ nation-best win-streak alive. Never doubted that he could continue the tradition of Caledonia Warrior Football.
“I think I always knew what I could do and was confident in myself,” said King.
Last Friday, the King led a tour de force against Pipestone Area in the Class AA Quarterfinals, passing for 339 yards and 6 touchdowns, while also adding 100 yards on the ground and a rushing score, a 7 touchdown performance punching Caledonia’s ticket to U.S. Bank Stadium once again.
“What we were happy about was his decision making,” said Warriors Head Coach Carl Fruechte. “There were times when he got out of plays, there were times when he ran the ball when we wanted him to look for the pass first. He’s just making really smart decisions, and he’s reading things very well.”
King brings a dynamic to the quarterback position the Warriors haven’t seen in sometime. Noah is a true dual threat quarterback, throwing for more than 2000 yards and 34 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions. But he also leads the Warriors in rushing — racking up 695 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
“Noah is faster, too, than what people give him credit for,” said Fruechte. “He’s one of our fastest guys, and he loves contact. He’s not afraid of it. He knows how to give a blow. He can avoid you, or he can run over you. Obviously, I would like to see him run around people, but he will put his pads down and chuck you.”
Now, King turns his attention to Barnesville and the State Semfinals, the team the Warriors beat in the Prep Bowl a year ago.
“I think the team is super excited,” he said. “Anytime you get to play in a facility like [U.S. Bank Stadium] in front of most of the community will be a great experience.”
Noah King of the Caledonia Warriors football team is this week’s KTTC Athlete of the Week.