MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Caledonia quarterback Owen King is the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football in 2017.

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The award, as voted on by a statewide panel of prep writers and broadcasters, was announced Wednesday along with The AP’s all-state team. King edged out Eden Prairie linebacker Antonio Montero for the top player honor.

King helped lead the Warriors to the MSHSL Class 2A championship, tying a Prep Bowl record with six total touchdowns in a 57-6 victory over Pipestone on Nov. 24. He never lost a game in three seasons as Caledonia’s starting quarterback, going 41-0 while leading the Warriors to the state title each year.

“It was an awesome ride,” King told the Tribune. “At the end, we just wanted to keep winning to get another game, but we knew the last one would come eventually.

“I wanted to get everything I could out of the last run, and I think we did.”

For his career, he passed for 8,621 yards and 139 touchdowns. King was the Tribune football player of the year this season, and shared the award as a junior.

King passed for 2,839 yards and 45 touchdowns while being intercepted four times and rushing for 10 more scores as a senior. He is the first Caledonia player to win The AP player of the year award.

An NCAA Division I South Dakota State basketball recruit, King and the Warriors basketball team are currently unbeaten at 5-0.