IOWA CITY – It had all the ingredients for a blowout recipe, and Iowa City Regina was cooking with gas.
A stifling defense and a potent offense produced an expected lopsided result.
The Class 1A top-ranked Regals scored six first-half touchdowns, and scorched Cardinal, 51-0, in a Class 1A district game Friday night at Regina. The Regals extended their win streak to 47 straight and tying West Des Moines Dowling (1966-71) and Anamosa (1937-45) for third-longest in state history.
The Regals (5-0, 3-0 1A District 6) carried over their intensity from a strong week of practice.
“I was pleased with the tempo and the pace,” Regina Coach Marv Cook said. “One of the things we tried to emphasize is to play faster and cleaner in a lot of situations and I thought we for the most part we did that.”
Regina started hot, forcing a turnover on the third play of the game and taking over at Cardinal’s 9. Two plays later the rout was on when Drew Cook waltzed in for a 9-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
The momentum continued to roll for the defending state champions against the out-matched and out-manned Comets (1-4, 0-2 1A 6). Once things turn for the Regals, it proves hard to stem the tide. They produced points on all but one first-half possession.
“It’s electric,” Drew Cook said. “It’s an exciting environment to be on the sideline when things are going our way. Everyone’s in a good mood, and we want to keep putting points on that board when it happens.”
Regina added two more touchdowns for a 21-0 lead after the first. Cook hit Payton Raso for a 16-yard touchdown and Jake Brinkman rumbled for a 21-yard score.
Early in the second Bryan Amelon grabbed Cook’s second touchdown pass on a 6-yard strike, making it 28-0. Cook finished 9 of 12 for 135 yards. He had two carries for 15 yards
“I have to give credit to the (offensive) line and all my receivers,” Cook said. “Everyone did their job tonight. They did a great job.
“The scoreboard showed it in the end.”
The scoreboard showed a giant goose-egg from a strong defensive effort. Cardinal managed 61 yards of total offense, including 25 on the ground, which is more than 150 less than its season average. The Comets reached Regina territory twice in 11 drives, advancing to the Regals 38 once.
“I thought our defense was really good,” Regina senior defensive end Mike Sehl said. “We did all our assignments right. We came out very physical.
“We were all focused down.”
Regina started rotating substitutes in the second quarter, playing four quarterbacks. Elliot Halsch and Eric Bracken scored on touchdown runs of 11 and 5 yards, giving Regina a 45-0 lead at the break. Cliff Wagner scored the second half’s only score on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth, as 12 Regals had at least one carry in the Homecoming win.
“We swept up in a lot of different ways tonight,” Cook said. “I thought our kids played smarter and with a great sense of purpose and pride.”
IC Regina 51, Cardinal 0
AT IOWA CITY
|TEAM STATISTICS||Cardinal||IC Regina|
|Rushes-yards||27 - 25||35 - 266|
|Comp-Att-Int||4 - 16 - 0||11 - 16 - 0|
|Fumbles-lost||2 - 1||2 - 2|
|Punts-average||6 - 35.6||1 - 34.0|
|Penalties-yards||1 - 5||4 - 30|
Rushing: Cardinal – Trenton Durflinger 5-21 , Nathan Yeager 5-6 , Tyler Albert 8-3 , Mike Owings 4-3 , Brandon Potts 4--7 , Team 1--1 IC Regina – Eric Bracken 9-77 , Michael Cooper 7-62 , Jake Brinkman 2-29 , Nick Phillips 2-16 , Drew Cook 2-15 , Michael Adam 2-15 , Jared Geraets 2-15 , Cliff Wagner 5-15 , Daniel Sullivan 2-12 , Elliot Halsch 1-11 , Mason Simpson 1-7 , Eric McFerren 1--2 , Team 1--1
Passing: Cardinal – Potts 4-15-0-36 , Tyler Batterson 0-1-0-0 IC Regina – Cook 9-12-0-135 , Wagner 1-2-0-9 , Thomas Rapp 1-1-0--2 , Geraets 0-1-0-0
Receiving: Cardinal – Brandon Eklofe 2-0 , Batterson 1-28 , Albert 1-8 IC Regina – Payton Raso 3-35 , Bryan Amelon 2-45 , Phillips 1-26 , Brinkman 1-17 , Teddy Nepola 1-14 , Christian Iben 1-9 , Nile Vincent 1--2 , Payton Maske 1--2
SCORE BY QUARTERS
ICR - Cook 9 run (Jacob Adam kick)
ICR - Raso 16 pass from Cook (J. Adam kick)
ICR - Brinkman 21 run (J. Adam kick)
ICR - Amelon 6 pass from Cook (J. Adam kick)
ICR - Halsch 11 run (J. Adam kick)
ICR - FG J. Adam 37
ICR - Bracken 5 run (J. Adam kick)
ICR - Wagner 1 run (kick failed)