Prep Football: Regina Clinches Another Perfect Regular Season
By Michael Bonner, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Riley Dixon gingerly jogged out of Iowa City Regina High School before his team's game against Sigourney-Keota Friday night. The wet asphalt combined with his spikes made for treacherous trek from the locker room to the field for the Regina running back.
Fans called out to the junior, "Don't slip, you've got a game to play," as he tip toed his way to the field. He reached the field without encountering a problem and it might have been his most difficult run of the night.
Regina ran over Sigourney-Keota 49-7 to cap off the season 9-0 and improve its win streak to 37 games overall.
"Each Friday is unique, and now we got to Wednesdays and Mondays and you just try to cherish the day," Regina head coach Marv Cook said. "The great thing about this group of guys is we've told them from day one, if you want to be great, you don't become great the 69th or 83rd days. You become great today."
After making to the field, Regina was just that. They broke out with three touchdowns in their first three drives. All three possessions began in S-K territory. Three of the four Regina scoring drives took just five plays to find the endzone.
The only scare of the game came in the second quarter after the Savage Cobras cut their deficit to 21-7. Sigourney-Keota then stopped Regina on four downs, but its ensuing drive stalled at the Regals 16 yard line.
Sixty-two seconds later it was 28-7, a scoring drive ignited by a 34 yard Dix run. It was capped off by a Mark Ward 26 yard touchdown pass to Matt Streb.
"Our defense came in and shut the door, that was huge for us," Cook said. "And then to get points firth before the half, that as big."
The 21 point halftime cushion sparked a 21-0 third quarter. But the third didn't start off as planned. Dixon fumble the opening kick and Sigourney-Keota took advantage.
It drove the ball deep into Regina's end. Facing first and goal from the ICR 3, a bad snap pushed the Cobras to the 17. Two plays later the Regals' Matt Streb picked off a pass. On the first offensive play of the following drive, Ward fired a 97 yard touchdown pass from Mark to Mike Donovan.
The wheels continued to fall off the Cobras' wagon. They fumbled on the ensuing S-K drive, Ben Osterhaus scopped up a fumble and made it 42-7.
In less than 30 seconds of game time, what looked to be an eminent 14 point game, turned into a 35 point blowout with a running clock.
"Sigourgney-Keota did some great things, I tip my hat off to their staff and kids," Cook said. "I thought they were very, very effective. It challenged us. Fortunately for us we were able to stop that first drive after the turnover and get the scoop and score, which was huge."
The fumbled recovery was one of four plays of 25 yards or more on the game for the Regals. In all Regina had eight plays that went for at least ten yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Savage Cobras didn't muster much offense after the interception in the redzone, with just 22 total yards.
"We've got some athletes," Cook said. "And we want them to make plays."