Prep Football: Regina Wins 40th Straight, Advances To 1A Semis

By Douglas Miles, Reporter

Regina's Alex Balke fights to catch the ball during the fourth quarter of the quarterfinal playoff game at Regina High School on Friday, November 2, 2012. (Kyle Grillot/The Gazette-KCRG)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa —Its winning streak may have reached 40 Friday night, but top-ranked Iowa City Regina has a much smaller number in mind — two, the number of wins it will take to secure a third straight state championship.

Junior tailback Riley Dixon rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Regals defeated the 10th-ranked Maquoketa Valley Wildcats, 38-14, in a Class 1A quarterfinal game at Regina Field.

“We’re going to the dome,” Dixon said after the game.“I can’t even describe the emotion going through me right now. Forty games, I mean, I know we don’t really talk about it too much, but shoutout to all the coaches.They do all the work, we just play for them.”

Regina (12-0) advanced to the semifinals in its first year in Class 1A after capturing state titles at the 2A level in 2010 and 2011.

“This is a group of guys that will focus on the right things,” said Regina Coach Marv Cook, whose record in six years at Regina is an astonishing 71-5.

A more-than-game Maquoketa Valley squad pulled out all the stops in a first half filled with punches and counterpunches.Down 21-14 and facing a 4th-and-2 at their own 33 yard-line, Wildcats Coach Wes Wilson called for the fake punt, a direct snap to super sophomore tailback Ryan Parmely, who raced 46 yards to the Regina 17.

However, Maquoketa Valley quarterback Ben Dzaboff’s pass to the end zone for the possible tie was intercepted by Regina’s Fritz Wagner in front of the goal line.

Then the Regals did what good teams do — they delivered a haymaker.

With the ball on its own 2-yard line and just 1:25 before halftime, Regina was not content to take a seven-point lead into the locker room.Senior quarterback Mark Ward heaved a pass down the left sideline to a leaping Matt Streb, who pulled it in at the Regina 40 and raced to the end zone for a 98-yard touchdown to extend the Regals’ lead to 28-14.

Parmely rushed for 207 yards but was held to 54 in the second half for Maquoketa Valley, who finished a fantastic season at 10-2.

Following a taxing stretch of four games in 15 days, Cook is giving the team a couple of days off before preparing to face undefeated Dike-New Hartford (12-0) next Saturday at the UNI-Dome.

“They’re a great, great traditional program so we’ll need to be ready,” Cook said.

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The Regina/Dike-New Hartford game, and all other state semifinal and final games, can be seen live on KCRG 9.2
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