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Creek Boys come up one point short against Panthers

Mount Pleasant edges past CCA 28-27 in season opener
Alex Figueroa makes tracks Friday, Aug. 28, as the Clippers opened the 2020 season on the road in Mount Pleasant. Figueroa, a senior, scored three touchdowns for CCA in a 28-27 loss. (photos provided by John Navara)

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that saw the start of classes with half the time spent in the classroom and half the time spent online (and a day of 100 percent online learning), and with the prospect of no student section for home games, there was a glimpse of normalcy for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
As Andy Griffith said in 1953, “What it was, was football.”
The Clippers opened the 2020 season with a non-district contest in Mount Pleasant and came up just a little bit short of victory as the Panthers won, 28-27.
“Great game!” said Coach Gabe Bakker. “We just decided to turn it over three times (two in the red zone), and they had zero (turnovers).”
The Panthers struck with a touchdown and successful point-after kick in the first quarter to lead 7-0, but the Creek Boys scored twice in the second for a 14-7 halftime advantage. Mount Pleasant tied the game in the third, and pulled ahead 21-14 going into the fourth quarter, which included two CCA scores, and a missed point-after kick; and a Panther touchdown with a successful kick for the 28-27 final score.
Alex Figueroa, a senior, led the Clipper offense with 175 yards of rushing on 19 carries with three touchdowns, including a 74-yard sprint to the house. Harrison Rosenberg, a junior, caught four passes for 50 yards including a 23-yard touchdown effort. Anthony Hennes, a senior, booted the ball through the uprights three times in the contest. Gage Freeman, a junior, led defensively with nine tackles and one assist, while Hennes made six (with one assist), and T.J. Hansen, a senior, made a quarterback sack.
The Clippers are home Friday, Sept. 4, as the Muscatine Muskies visit. As-of Saturday, Aug. 29, CCA’s policy for football states all participants (team, cheerleaders, band) will receive four tickets. Ticket holders are to sit in a group at least 6 feet away from other groups including non-family members within the group. Also, all spectators are to wear a face covering at all times (unless eating or drinking), and masks will not be provided.
Despite all the craziness of the COVID-19 era, and the loss, Bakker said, “Fun to be back out playing.”

Mount Pleasant 28, Clear Creek Amana 27
Rushing — Alex Figueroa 19-175-3, Ryan Navara 5-51, Gage Freeman 3-30, Tom Johnson 1-2.
Passing — Navara 14-23-140-1-2.
Receiving — Harrison Rosenberg 4-50-1, Johnson 4-40, TJ Bollers 2-17, Ben Swails 1-15, Freeman 3-33.
Kick returns — Johnson 2-42, Rosenberg 1-17, Anthony Hennes 1-0.
Punt returns — Riley Wolfe 3-12.
Tackles — Nate Beckman 5-6-0-1, Bollers 1-4-0-0, Freeman 9-1-0-1, Mark Gorbatenko 1-3-0-0, Hennes 6-1-0-0, Jacob Curtin 1-2-0-0, Kalvin Mendieta 1-1-0-0, Gunther Sandersfeld 1-0-0-0, Rosenberg 0-2-0-0, Mason Stanfield 1-1-0-0, Joey Lepire 0-2-0-0, Hansen 2-2-1-1, Wolfe 5-0-0-0, Brock Reade 2-0-0-0, Swails 1-0-0-0.

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