Friday Night Lights
Game of the Week
If there were any questions about offensive playmakers for Iowa City Regina this season, Nick Phillips and Nate Stenger answered them.
They combined for three touchdowns, helping Class 1A top-ranked Regina to a 21-13 win over 3A No. 7 Solon Saturday night at Regina.
The victory avenges last year's season-opening, overtime loss to the Spartans, which snapped a 56-game winning streak.
Other Games4A No. 2 Cedar Rapids Washington 27, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 14
A back named Tavion came up with a long and important touchdown run Saturday afternoon at Kingston Stadium that saved Cedar Rapids Washington's football team from a shocking opening-week loss.
No, not that Tavian.
This was Tavion Stewart who broke loose and sprinted 75 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A second-ranked Warriors' 27-14 escape of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. He looked a lot like tailback teammate Tavian Patrick on the play, a speedy all-stater who added a TD run later in the quarter as Washington won its 16th consecutive regular-season game.
They sought a gate. It was locked.
So they jumped the fence.
Cedar Rapids Prairie rallied from an early 10-point deficit and made a winner of Mark Bliss in his Prairie debut Saturday evening, downing Linn-Mar, 31-17, in a Class 4A non-district football game Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium.
“In the first game, against a rival, you have to expect some adversity,” Bliss said. “The kids maintained the course. They rebounded, and they did a nice job.”
When the victory was complete and the postgame handshakes were delivered, the Hawks trotted to the southeast corner of the stadium.
The gate was locked, but the Hawks (1-0) mustered enough energy to hop the 4-foot fence and celebrate with their fans.
Forget ancient history. Mount Vernon was just looking to atone for last year's season opening loss when it played Marion's football team Saturday night at Thomas Park.
Senior Mickey Hines ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, and junior Jack Cochrane 103 and a score to lead the Mustangs past Marion, 37-14, in a non-district game.
Mother Nature was the winner Friday night.
But in the football game at Clipper field, Center Point-Urbana combined a stout defense and a surprisingly effective passing game in the rain to defeat Clear Creek Amana, 17-10.
The game was played in constant rain and included an hour and 15 minute lightning delay at halftime with CPU ahead 10-3.
Cedar Falls used big plays to build a lead and the offense kept going until the No. 7-ranked Tigers rolled to a 35-21 victory over Iowa City High in the 2015 prep football debut for both teams at the UNI-Dome Friday night.
Friday Night Lights Live Schedule
|Sept. 4||Marion @ Washington|
|Sept. 10||Davenport North @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson|
|Sept. 11||Cedar Rapids Xavier @ Solon|
|Sept. 17||Linn-Mar @ Cedar Rapids Washington|
|Sept. 18||Iowa City West @ Iowa City High|
|Oct. 2||Monticello @ Anamosa|
|Oct. 8||Cedar Rapids Prairie @ Cedar Rapids Washington|
|Oct. 9||South Tama @ Williamsburg|
|Oct. 22||Linn-Mar @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson|
|Oct. 23||West Deleware @ Decorah|
|Nov. 12, 13, 14||Semifinals|
|Nov. 19, 20||Championships|