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CEDAR FALLS – Iowa City Regina is No. 1.
The Regals earned their spot atop Class 1A again this year, but this time it comes with another title.
Top-ranked Regina routed No. 7 Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 35-0, in the Iowa High School Athletic Association 1A championship game Friday at the UNI-Dome, posting its 56th straight victory to set the state's longest all-time win streak.
The Regals topped Waterloo East's consecutive wins mark set from 1965-71 and tied the Trojans' record 56-game unbeaten stretch. Regina can own that record with a win in its 2014 opener.
The game was all Regina from the start, scoring touchdowns on four of its first five possessions.
The Regals opened with a 69-yard drive capped by a 33-yard run by Riley Dixon, who ran inside right tackle, cut to the outside and hot clear field to the end zone. Regina had all it needed a little more than three minutes into the game.
Regina also manufactured a long drive to increase its lead. The Regals went 85 yards on 14 plays for a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Jake Brinkman rushed in from four yards out. Brinkman also added an impressive 68-yard TD run on Regina's second offensive play of the third quarter, creating a 35-point advantage.
Drew Cook was impressive in the first half, completing all 10 of his passes before the break for 142 yards. He also had 52 rushing yards, including a 5-yard run for a 21-0 edge.
Cook's scoring strike came on a trick play where the Regals faked a reverse before pitching it back to the junior quarterback. Cook hit a wide-open Bryan Amelon down the left side for a 61-yard TD and 28-0 lead with 2:22 to go in the second, which held until halftime.
Despite giving up nearly 200 yards to the Gaels, the Regina defense stood strong, turning the Gaels away deep in Regina territory. Three St. Edmond drives reached the "red zone" but the Regals stopped them on downs twice and Nick Phillips intercepted quarterback Matt Bocken at the goal line to end the Gaels final drive of the first half.