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Posted November 18, 2011
Streb short in stature, high in efficiency

Regina quarterback Nate Streb (13) gets a hug from teammate Jacob Vollstedt following their 35-28 victory over Dyersville Beckman in their Class 2A semifinal Monday. The Regals go after their second straight 2A title Saturday against Spirit Lake. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

CEDAR FALLS — No losses in 27 games. That’s remarkable enough.

But here’s something that’s downright baffling:

Through the last two seasons, Iowa City Regina starting quarterbacks have thrown no interceptions.

Zero.

Jack Verducci threw 120 passes last season (completing 83 for 1,698 yards and 22 touchdowns). No interceptions.

And Nate Streb has thrown 103 passes this season (completing 72 for 1,475 yards and 19 TDs).

And no interceptions.

“Obviously, there’s a little luck involved,” Streb said. “I’ve had some close ones.”

Top-ranked Regina (13-0) goes after its second straight Class 2A state football championship Saturday in the UNI-Dome against No. 3 Spirit Lake (13-0). Kickoff is 1:05 p.m.

Streb twisted his ankle in Monday’s 35-28 win over Dyersville Beckman. Coach Marv Cook listed Streb as probable.

“It’s just a matter of nagging pain. Structurally, he’s fine,” Cook said. “It will be a game-time decision, but knowing Nate Streb, I think he’ll be good to go.”

With his high completion rate (69.9 percent) and non-existent interception rate, Streb is the most efficient passer in the state — his passer rating of 251.1 ranks No. 1 in all classes for QBs with 100 passes or more, according to quikstatsiowa.com.

Is it Streb? Or is it the system?

“It’s a combination,” Cook said. “(Offensive coordinator Ed) Hinkel does a good job coaching them up, and Nate is a very smart kid. So was (Verducci).”

Streb said, “A lot of it is just being smart with the football and making good decisions. Coaches stress throwing low-risk passes.”

At 5-foot-8, it’s a challenge for Streb to locate receivers over and through the traffic at the line of scrimmage.

“I really need to focus pre-snap, and trust that the receivers are going to run the right routes downfield,” he said.

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