Gophers relish Caledonia win

Posted at: 11/04/2013 6:44 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It had been seven years since the Chatfield football beat Caledonia.

That changed last Friday night.

Caledonia scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive, but unlike last year's section title game between the two teams, that lead didn't shake the Gophers, who went on to win in overtime.

"I just remember thinking, 'Alright, they came to play.' I wasn't worried about not scoring at all the whole game," running back Jake Neis said.

"It's a lot more satisfying than it was last year that's for sure. It stunk last year getting beat by them and it's just nice to get revenge," outside linebacker Michael Mabe said.

The win not only earned Chatfield a trip to the state tournament, but it snapped Caledonia's 36-game win streak.

"Oh, it's huge. Since last year, that was our goal - to beat Caledonia," said Neis.

"It been since the beginning of the season since we've been waiting for it," said Mabe.

But beating Caledonia isn't the only goal on Chatfield's list this year.

The ultimate is a state title, and they still have three more games to make that happen.