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Creek Boys roll over the River Kings

CCA shuts out Clinton, 43-0
CCA’s Riley Wolfe moves the ball Friday, Oct. 4, at home against Clinton in Class 3A District 5 action. Wolfe, a junior, made one reception for 12 yards in the Clippers’ 43-0 shut out win over the River Kings. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Head Football Coach Gabe Bakker was sporting a fresh haircut Friday, Oct. 4, before the start of the varsity game against the visiting River Kings of Clinton.
“That mojo from last week had to go,” he said.
The Clippers dipped to 3-2 the week before at Liberty High as they fell to the Lightning 28-21 in the first week of Class 3A District 5 competition, and the fifth week of the 2019 season. Whatever mojo Bakker and company found to replace the bad mojo worked wonders as they steamrolled the River Kings 43-0 with 36 points scored in the first half, and with a continuous clock for the second half.
The Kings received the opening kickoff, but their drive died quickly with a punt. CCA’s first series built up to a quick touchdown as quarterback Ryan Navara connected with T.J. Bollers, who scampered downfield and into the end zone, but was just outside the line, resulting in a first and goal for the Creek Boys. Navara kept the ball and leaped across the goal line for six points. J.J. Denny sent the extra-point kick through the uprights, and the Clippers had a 7-0 lead with 8:07 left in the first quarter.
Clipper defense shut down the Kings’ second drive, and again the Creek Boys wasted no time scoring as Cole Pfister scored the first of two touchdowns with a four-yard scamper. Denny nailed his kick, and CCA had a 14-0 lead. The Clippers were in possession as the quarter ended with second down and two to go from their own 46-yard line. Navara connected with Brock Reade, who dashed, and juked and jived 51 yards while evading at least two River Kings on his way to the house and a 20-0 lead. Denny again nailed his point-after attempt (PAT), and the “Boats” led 21-0 with 11:39 left in the first half.
A Clinton fumble on the next drive was recovered by Sam Stevens, and set the table for another Clipper touchdown. Alex “Fig” Figueroa made a long run down the River Kings’ sideline, and tumbled alongside the end zone for a first and goal for CCA. Fig dove across the goal line on the next play, and CCA led 27-0. A botched snap on the point-after kick was picked up by Navara, who then found Treyton Bickel in the end zone for a two-point conversion, and a 29-0 lead.
Clinton’s string of bad luck continued unabated as it turned the ball over on downs, and watched helplessly as Pfister scrambled in for his second touchdown and a 35-0 lead. Denny’s kick was good, and with 3:13 remaining in the half, the Clippers were up 36-0.
The Kings kicked off to the Clippers to start the third quarter, and suffered another blow as Gage Freeman returned the ball 80 yards for the score. Freeman’s touchdown put the Creek Boys up 42-0, and Denny booted his fifth perfect PAT of the night to make it 43-0.
A continuous clock ran for the remainder of the game, and Bakker made wholesale substitutions on the field.
Navara completed nine of 11 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown, Bollers took two passes 58 yards, and Tom Johnson took three passes 53 yards. Pfister led the ground attack with six carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns while Figueroa had four carries for 47 yards and one touchdown. Sam Noska made six solo tackles including three for a loss of yards, Sam Stevens made four solo and two assisted, and Nate Beckman made two solo and four assisted.
The win improved the Clippers to 4-2 while dropping Clinton to 0-6.
The Creek Boys sail to Davenport and the Brady Street Stadium (3600 N. Brady St.) on Thursday, Oct. 10, to take on Assumption Catholic in week seven of the season. Assumption defeated Central DeWitt 17-14 in overtime. The Clippers stay on the road Friday, Oct. 18, as they take on North Scott in Eldridge. The Lancers lanced the Liberty Lightning, 24-10. The regular season ends at home on Friday, Oct. 25, as Central DeWitt visits.

Passing — Ryan Navara 9-11-202-1, Ben Swails 5-8-52, Gage Freeman 0-1.
Receiving — TJ Bollers 2-58, Tom Johnson 3-53, Brock Reade 1-51-1, Kaden Gisleson 2-23, Sam Stevens 2-20, Wes Quinlan 1-13, Riley Wolfe 1-12, Harrison Cory 1-8, Gage Freeman 1-8, Mason Stanfield 1-8.
Rushing — Cole Pfister 6-50-2, Alex Figueroa 4-47-1, Freeman 6-44, Stevens 2-23, Cory 4-9, Lucas Tenhagen 3-1, Navara 1-1-1, Swails 3-(-)13.
Tackles (solo, assist, total, for loss, sacks) — Sam Noska 6-0-6.0-3-0-0-0. Stevens 4-2-5.0-0-0-0-0, Nate Beckman 2-4-4.0-0-0-0-0, Freeman 2-0-2.0-1-0-0-0, Gisleson 2-0-2.0-0-0-0-0, JJ Denny 1-2-2.0-0-0-0-0, Grant Jensen 1-2-2.0-0-0-0-0, Andrew Swails 1-2-2.0-0-0-0-0, Bollers 1-1-1.5-1-0-0-0, Zane Cunningham 1-1-1.5-1-0-0-0, Stanfield 1-1-1.5-0-0-0-0, Jacob Curtin 1-0-1.0-0-0-0-0, Gabe Jenn 1-0-1.0-0-0-0-0, Navara 0-2-1.0-0-0-0-0, Cory 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Johnson 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Jordan Krauss 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Zaid Rachman 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Will Wetjen 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0.
Fumble recoveries — Stevens, 1-0.
PAT kicks — Denny 5-5.
Kick offs — Cory 7-310.
Kick off returns — Freeman 1-80-1.
Punt returns — Freeman 1-2, Gisleson 2-12.