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Posted November 14, 2011
Regals hold off late Beckman rally

Regina's Joe McCaffery (27) dives into the end zone over Dyersville Beckman's Lucas Jacque (28) and Robbie Hermsen (81) during the first half of the Class 2A semifinal state football game Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Regina leads 21-0 at the half. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)


CEDAR FALLS — Another Regina blowout had suddenly become a white-knuckler, and Marv Cook wasn’t about to punt the ball to a hot offense.

“We had a chance to win the game right there … let’s go win it,” Cook said.

Joe McCaffery picked up three yards on fourth-and-2 near midfield in the final minute, and top-ranked Iowa City Regina was able to sweat out a 35-28 victory over No. 7 Dyersville Beckman in a Class 2A football semifinal Monday at the UNI-Dome.

McCaffery scored on four short touchdown runs, and the Regals (13-0) built a pair of 28-point leads before holding on.

“We just got a little tired, a little sluggish at the end,” McCaffery said. “I’m so happy for our guys. We’ve prepared so well and worked so hard.”

The owner of the state’s longest current winning streak at 27 in a row, Regina goes after its second straight 2A championship Saturday, when it returns to the UNI-Dome to face No. 3 Spirit Lake (13-0).

Kickoff is 1:05 p.m.

Regina's Jacob Vollstedt (44) dives into the end zone under Dyersville Beckman's Nate Steger (24) during the second half of their Class 2A semifinal state football game Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Regina defeated Beckman 35-28. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

Regina entered the game outscoring its opposition by nearly 43 points per game, and this one appeared to be headed that direction, too. It was 21-0 at halftime and 35-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

Then, out of the blue, Beckman (11-2) started moving the ball.

Connor Golden threw three touchdown passes in less than 3 minutes — a 35-yarder to Ty Troutman, an 8-yarder to Derek Hammann and a 42-yarder to Troutman. Suddenly, it was 35-28 with 1:58 to go.

“The onside kick (successfully executed with 4:12 left and Regina up 35-13) really switched the momentum,” Troutman said. “I just wish we would have played like that earlier. We didn’t want the season to end like this.”

Regina’s Chris Nepola recovered Beckman’s final onside kick. Three plays went for 8 yards, leaving Cook with a decision on fourth-and-2 at the Regina 46 with a half-minute left.

“It was very gutsy,” McCaffery said. “We needed two yards, so we put our heads down and got it.”

The move didn’t catch the Blazers by surprise. The Regals lined up and got what they needed.

“If I was Marv, I’d have done the same thing,” said Beckman Coach Gregg Hammann. “They probably had us outweighed by 80 pounds a man on the line, and their running backs are bigger than our offensive linemen. They’re good at pounding the ball.”

Regina converted 8 of 14 third-down conversions Monday, and was 2-of-2 on fourth down.

The Regals scored on their first three possessions, on drives of 80, 90 and 65 yards, for a 21-0 advantage. McCaffery capped them with TD runs of 2 yards, 2 yards and 1 yard.

“I’m very pleased with the way we were executing,” Cook said.

Regina enjoyed a 243-60 advantage in first-half yardage. The final margin was 434-334.

McCaffery’s fourth touchdown, a 5-yarder, made it 28-0 before the Blazers finally broke through on a halfback pass from Derek Hammann to Troutman. Jacob Vollstedt’s 7-yard run with 2:44 left in the third quarter appeared to restore order at 35-7.

The Regals were driving again, with their eyes on a score that would have triggered the continuous clock. But the Blazers sacked quarterback Nate Streb, who suffered a twisted ankle on the play.

“It was a screen play and it got twisted up. It was probably my own fault,” said Streb, who sat out for much of the fourth quarter, came back in later when things got hairy, then walked off the field on crutches.

“At 35-13, I thought, ’All right, we’re OK,’ ” Streb said. “Then they got the onside kick and I thought, ‘Oh boy. All right, I’ve got to go back in and play.’ ”

Vollstedt rushed for 169 yards and McCaffery added 87 for Regina. Streb completed 8 of 11 passes for 146 yards.

Beckman never got anything going on the ground, but Golden passed for 229 yards. Troutman caught six passes for 184.

Asked about the season and the comeback, Coach Hammann stood silent for several seconds.

“I’m trying to think of the right words … We just never quit,” he said.

IC Regina 35, Dyers.-Beck 28


First downs1320
Rushes-yards21 - 4660 - 288
Passing yards288146
Comp-Att-Int17 - 29 - 28 - 11 - 0
Total yards334434
Fumbles-lost2 - 02 - 0
Punts-average4 - 43.53 - 29.3
Penalties-yards2 - 106 - 42


Rushing:  Dyers-Beck – Derek Hammann 8-17 , Lucas Jacque 4-17 , Ty Troutman 1-11 , Connor Golden 7-1 , Kirby Kendrick 1-0  IC Regina – Jacob Vollstedt 27-169 , Joe McCaffery 23-87 , Nate Streb 10-32

Passing:  Dyers-Beck – Golden 16-28-2-229 , Hammann 1-1-0-59  IC Regina – Streb 8-11-0-146

Receiving:  Dyers-Beck – Troutman 6-184 , Hammann 5-37 , Mitch Steger 2-26 , Nate Steger 1-25 , Todd Manternach 1-15 , Robbie Anstoetter 1-3 , Kirby Kendrick 1-1  IC Regina – George Sehl 4-94 , McCaffery 3-30 , Alex Balke 1-22


IC Regina14714035


ICR - Joe McCaffery 2 run (Nick Dolezal kick)
ICR - McCaffery 2 run (Dolezal kick
ICR - McCaffery 1 run (Dolezal kick)
ICR - McCaffery 5 run (Dolezal kick)
Beck - Ty Troutman 59 pass from Derek Hammann (Adam Noethe kick)
ICR - Jacob Vollstedt 7 run (Dolezal kick)
Beck - Troutman 35 pass from Connor Golden (kick blocked)
Beck - Hammann 8 pass from Golden (Golden run)
Beck - Troutman 42 pass from Golden (Noethe kick)


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