Feeling Regal: Regina wins 5th straight crown

CEDAR FALLS – Iowa City Regina had a state record 56-game winning streak broken by a 29-28 overtime loss to Class 3A Solon in the season opener, then reeled off 13 straight victories – most by lopsided margins – to claim its sixth title overall.

It also was victory No. 100 for coach Marv Cook, the former University of Iowa and NFL tight end and Drew Cook’s father. Marv Cook has lost only five games in eight seasons at Regina.

Drew Cook finished 13 of 16 passing for 175 yards and he struck quickly.

Taking over at the West Lyon 47 after forcing a three-and-out to start the game, Regina worked a double reverse and a pitch back to Cook, who lofted a perfectly thrown pass to Stenger. Stenger was behind the defense when he caught the ball at the 10 and cruised into the end zone.

West Lyon tied it on Chase Grotewold’s 1-yard run after recovering a fumble, but Regina answered with touchdown runs by Brinkman and Nick Phillips for a 21-7 halftime lead. Brinkman then returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown – the longest ever in a 1A title game – to stretch the lead to 28-7.

West Lyon finished with an impressive 314 yards rushing, including 151 yards in 27 carries by Vaughn Moser, who scored twice. But the Wildcats had trouble finishing drives in the first half, going 0-for-3 on fourth down.

CLASS 4A

Dowling Catholic 49, Cedar Rapids Washington 14

Ryan Boyle ran for three touchdowns and passed for another and West Des Moines Dowling rolled past Cedar Rapids Washington 49-14 Friday night to win its second straight Class 4A state championship.

Boyle made big plays all night as Dowling (13-1) dominated on both sides of the ball in winning its fifth title overall, all since 2000.

The senior quarterback, who has committed to play at Iowa, ran 19 times for 145 yards and completed 8 of 12 passes for an additional 68 yards, including a 6-yarder to Eric Fardal for a second quarter touchdown.

Washington (13-1) trailed just 14-7 after Johnny Dobbs’ 2-yard TD run near the end of the first quarter. But Dowling ran off the next 35 points to turn the game into a rout.

In the Maroons’ final 10 games of the season, they never scored fewer than 41 points.

Boyle seems to be at his best in championship play.

He accounted for six touchdowns in last year’s title game, a 44-13 victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier, and he came up big in this one, too, scoring on runs of 1, 2 and 4 yards while directing an offense that amassed 396 yards, including 328 rushing. Washington managed only 166 yards.

Gray Gochenour added TD runs of 9 and 14 yards for the Maroons and Max Kasap scored from 22 yards out.

Dowling benefited from excellent field position all night, starting five of its seven touchdown drives in Washington territory. The Maroons’ longest drive was 64 yards and they needed only four plays to complete that one.

Landen Akers returned a kickoff 95 yards for Washington’s other touchdown. It was the first TD on a kickoff return in a 4A championship game.

Any offense Washington produced came from quarterback Reid Snitker, who ran for 78 yards on 17 carries. But Snitker was under pressure throughout the game when he tried to throw and completed only 2 of 10 passes for 6 yards.

CLASS 2A

North Fayette Valley 14, Sioux Center 10

Josh Mackey scored on two short runs and North Fayette Valley controlled the ball with its ground game in beating Sioux Center 14-10 to win the Class 2A state championship.

Mackey’s 2-yard plunge with 6:03 left Friday gave the Tigerhawks (13-1) their first lead, and he helped his team maintain it with a late play on defense.

Dropping back from his linebacker position, Mackey broke up a Sioux Center pass just outside the end zone. Teammate Phil Kleve then knocked down a final pass by the Warriors (12-2) at the goal line with just over a minute remaining.

Mackey was a workhorse all afternoon, carrying the ball 39 times for 140 yards in helping North Fayette Valley build a 12-minute edge in time of possession.