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CALEDONIA — It was a decisive way for the Caledonia High School football team to end the regular season.

The Warriors moved the ball consistently, took advantage of opportunities that arose and made Saint Charles work hard for just about everything achieved on Wednesday.

All of that added up to a 33-8 victory that gave Caledonia a Southeast-White division championship and solid performance heading into the MSHSL Class AA playoffs.

“We’re close,” Caledonia coach Carl Fruechte said when asked if his 8-0 team’s level of play was where he wanted it entering the postseason. “We’re very close.

“It comes down to the little things, and there are things we need to do better.”

Running back Nick McCabe rushed for two touchdowns, and quarterback Noah King rushed for one and passed for one as the Warriors won their 49th consecutive game overall and 69th straight conference game.

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Running back Jack Beardmore rushed for a team-high 93 yards and scored one touchdown.

Caledonia will be seeded first in Section 1AA and receive a first-round by after taking care of the Saints (6-2), who played without injured quarterback Mark Buringa and running back Sam Holtz in losing their second straight game.

Caledonia can also move to the postseason feeling good about an ever-improving offensive line that allowed the team to gain 342 yards against the Saints.

“Our line did a good job,” McCabe said. “They have learned a lot this year, and the older guys are bringing the younger guys along.”

Fruechte said the group has been challenged to get better all season and is responding.

“They still aren’t as consistent as consistent as I want them to be, but they are making strides,” he said. “They are more physical than they were, but we have to get a little quicker off the ball.”

The Warriors, who have won 11 conference championships in a row, wasted little time establishing control.

The Saints did get a first down on their first possession, but Caledonia shifted momentum when Dylan Felten made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and a punt was forced.

The Warriors used a long drive, a fumble and a short drive to build a 13-0 lead in about 5 minutes.

Tate Meiners caught an 8-yard scoring pass to cap a 68-yard opening drive, and Evan Denstad got on a St. Charles fumble two snaps later.

The 13-yard drive that followed was finished by a 4-yard touchdown run by McCabe on a third-and-1 play.

The Saints were held to 32 yards on 17 plays in the first half, which ended with them on the wrong end of a 27-0 score.