Prep Football: CPU Honors Rogers With Win

By Jeff Hare, Reporter

Hundreds of former players gather behind former football coach Ted Rogers before the Center Point-Urbana vs. East Marshall football game on Friday, September 14, 2012. (Kyle Grillot/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CENTER POINT, Iowa — On a night when they honored their Hall of Fame coach, Center Point-Urbana did something that would have made Ted Rogers proud. It won a football game the ‘CPU’ way.

With a tough defense and stellar ground gameled by Nick Dighton’s 202 yards, the Stormin’ Pointers topped East Marshall last night, 42-22.

Before the game, Rogers, who is being treated for cancer, led more than 200 of his former players who had returned to honor him onto the field, where he spoke to the crowd from hiscart.

“I’ve know Coach Rogers for 15 years, 10 of those as an assistant coach,” said CPU Coach Dan Burke.“He holds a very special meaning to me as a person.”

Quarterback Ryan Wilkins had 146 yards passing and two touchdowns for Center Point.Conner Jones scored two touchdowns for the No. 6 Pointers, who improved to 4-0.

“When Ted first got sick, he spoke to the team,” Burke said. “He told them how proud he was of them, that they played the ‘CPU’ way.He also has been to three or four of our practices.He means a great deal to the kids. ... We all appreciate who he is.”

Rogers’s boss for more than 20 years was retired athletics director Ken Dinger.

“Ted was one that I never had to worry about,” he said. “He was well respected and loved by everyone.”

Dinger said Rogers made CPU football the program it is today.

“He was the best football coach I have ever been associated with,” he said,. “He was able to do more with less that anyone I have ever seen.He would move players around and at the end they would play hard.He put CPU on the football map.We owe him for that.”

CPU plays Dyersville Beckman next Friday.

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