Prep Football: Regina Wins 35th Straight, Beats Wilton

By Ryan Pleggenkuhle, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Class 1A top-ranked Iowa City Regina extended its winning streak to 35 games last night with a 50-18 romp win over Wilton at Regina.

Junior running back Riley Dixon hit the ground running, scoring early and often for Regina.

He recorded the first touchdown of the game with a 6-yard run to cap a 74-yard scoring drive.

The next time he touched the ball, however, was a fair catch attempt on a Wilton punt. Dixon dropped the ball and Wilton recovered at the Regina 15. Wilton's Koy Snider punched it in from the 1-yard line to make it 7-6.

"After you make a mistake on the field, you know, you usually get down," Dixon said.

"But the coaching staff at Regina doesn't allow for that. They're all slapping me on the helmet just telling me to get back after it."

Dixon more than made up for the muff.

He scored from 18 yards out to give the Regals (7-0) a 14-6 lead on the next possession and ended up rushing 22 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Wilton junior quarterback Tyler Hetzler kept his team in it for a while with a 78-yard touchdown to Snider.

But Regina quarterback Mark Ward answered with a 15-yard TD run on the next drive.

Senior Mike Donovan was next to punch it in for the Regals with a 4-yard TD run.

Regina then scored again when Ward hooked up with senior receiver Alex Balke on an 83-yard touchdown pass to give the Regals a 36-12 lead at halftime.

Hetzler scored on a 1-yard TD run early in the 4th quarter to make the game interesting again at 36-18.

But Regina finished strong by scoring two fourth quarter TDs. Balke grabbed a 16-yard TD pass and Dixon made one last burst to the end zone on a 65-yard TD run to seal the victory for Regina.

"Once again, our line really came through," Dixon said.

"The holes were open, and I don't think we ran more than three different running plays."
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