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CCA football hits historic mark with 17-7 win over Assumption
Zach Kabbage battles with an Assumption Knight as quarterback Andrew Rohret (back) reacts Friday, Oct. 5, at home. The Clippers won the weather-shortened game 17-7 to improve to a 7-0 record for the first time in CCA football history. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– The players, coaches and fans of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football surely won’t forget Friday, Oct. 5, anytime soon. The date is now etched into the program’s history with the first-ever 7-0 record, and likely etched into many minds from three lightning delays.
The Clippers’ varsity game against district foe Davenport Assumption was moved up to 5:30 p.m. due to an ominous weather forecast. However, the lightning and thunder arrived ahead of schedule, prompting a delay ahead of pre-game activities. Once the teams took the field, the action was frantic and frenzied as a wet ball and wet turf proved challenging.
CCA kicked-off to the Knights, who then fumbled on their first play with the Creek Boys recovering and starting a drive that would end in a Mitch Evans field goal and 3-0 lead with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter. Assumption scored a touchdown with 4:34 remaining in the period, and about a minute before the second lightning delay of the evening. Before the pause, however, the Clippers lost the ball on Assumption’s kickoff, but Quentin Gisleson stole it back as he intercepted a Knights’ pass.
After the lightning threat had passed and play resumed, the Creek Boys were again held to a field goal attempt. Unfortunately for Evans, a penalty against CCA put the Clippers in reverse, and his attempt came up short.
Andrew Rohret scampered into the end zone with 7:04 left in the first half to score. Evans drilled the ball between the uprights for the point-after, and CCA held a 10-7 lead going into the five-minute halftime. Rohret struck again in the third quarter with a five-yard dash into the Clipper Blue end zone making it 16-7 ahead of another successful Evans kick for the 17-7 lead.
Weather again became an issue in the fourth quarter with the third and final weather delay coming down with 8:53 remaining in the ballgame.
With no let up in sight from the lightning, and limited options for completing the game at a later date, the Knights conceded the game around 11:30 p.m., which sent the Clippers flying out of their equipment shed on the south end of the stadium, and zeroing in on the victory bell.
Rohret completed seven of 12 passes for 60 yards and was the leading rusher with 24 carries for 134 yards and both Clipper touchdowns. Zach Kabbage made 20 carries for 70 yards. Gabe Jenn took two of Rohret’s passes 29 yards with T.J. Bollers taking one pass 21 yards, and setting up a touchdown run. Rohret also led on the defensive side with five solo tackles and one quarterback sack.
The win kept the Creek Boys at the top of Class 3A, District 5, and also topped their previous 6-0 record, which was set in 2016. The Lancers of North Scott, Eldridge are second in the district at 5-2 overall and also boasting a 3-0 record in district play. North Scott visits the Clippers Friday, Oct. 12, in a battle for the district championship. The freshman/sophomore game is set to kick off at 5 p.m. with the varsity start scheduled for around 7:15 p.m.

PASSING — Andrew Rohret 7-12-60.
RUSHING — Rohret 24-134-2, Zach Kabbage 20-70, Sam Stevens 1-5, J.J. Denny 1-2.
RECEIVING — Gabe Jenn 2-29, TJ Bollers 1-21, Nolan Schwarting 1-8, Mitch Evans 1-1, Sam Stevens 1-1.
TACKLES (Solo, Assist, Total, For a loss, Sacks) — Rohret 5-0-5.0-2-1, Denny 3-1-3.5-0-0, Zane Cunningham 2-4-4.0-1-0, Kaden Gisleson 2-4-4.0-0-0, Bollers 2-3-3.5-0-0, Sam Noska 2-3-3.5-1-0, Grant Jensen 1-6-4.0-0-0, Evans 1-2-2.0-0-0, Quentin Gisleson 1-1-1.5-0-0, Kabbage 1-1-1.5-0-0, Jonah Upah 1-1-1.5-0-0, Arron Feinberg 0-2-1.0-0-0, Nick Gerard 0-2-1.0-0-0, Nate Beckmann 0-1-0.5-0-0, Tom Johnson 0-1-0.5-0-0, Eric Zierke 0-1-0.5-0-0.
INTERCEPTIONS — Denny 1-5-5, Q. Gisleson 1-4-4.
PAT KICKS — Evans 2-2.
FIELD GOAL KICKS — Evans 2-1-23.
KICK-OFFs — Evans 5-183.
PUNTS — Blake Malli 5-150-35.
KICK OFF RETURNS — Stevens 1-10, Jacob Curtin 1-9.