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CCA beats Ft. Madison, 27-14, on soggy Homecoming night

Aaron Akers grinds out some yardage for the Clippers Akers scored a touchdown from less than 1 yard out to put CCA on the scoreboard.

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was the second home game of the season for Clear Creek Amana and Homecoming Friday, Sept. 18, as the Fort Madison Bloodhounds visited Tiffin. It was also the second time this season that near-constant rain fell and the second time a lengthy lightning delay made for a long night.
However, it was also the Clippers’ first win of the season as they scrubbed the dogs, 27-14, and improved to a 1-0 record in district play and 1-3 record overall.
Aaron Akers pushed across the goal line from less than a yard out to score CCA’s first touchdown of the night and give the Clippers a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Tyreke Williams booted the extra point kick through the uprights to make it 7-0. The Bloodhounds bit back with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead. A long, long run by Ashton Carpenter set the Clippers up at first and goal, a position Jared Eckrich was able to capitalize on with a 1-yard run to score. Williams’ kick was good for a 14-14 tie. Williams booted a 33-yard field goal to make it 17-14 at halftime.
Williams nailed a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to make it 20-14 and Eckrich put the game away in the fourth quarter by scoring on a 4-yard run.
“We are very happy with the win,” coach Matt Hughes said. “I thought our kids played extremely hard and did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage the entire evening.”
The conditions were horrible, he said, “but we found a way to pull it off.” Hughes added having turf made it possible to complete the game without concerns about field conditions. “I also felt our defense continued to improve by creating multiple turnovers that helped set up short drives for our offense.”
Hughes remained optimistic ahead of the second half of the season. “I like where we are right now,” he said. “Our guys gained some confidence and I’m hoping we can really build off that performance and continue to improve.” The team tries not to look beyond the next game, he added, “So our goal is to build on the win and go down to Keokuk (Friday, Sept. 25) and play to the best of our ability.”

RUSHING: A. Carpenter 85, J. Eckrich 67, A. Akers 66, R. Swails 22.
TOTAL TACKLES: C. White 9, E. Downes 6, A. Akers 5, K. Harris 5, E. Taylor 5, D. Mougin 3, T. Williams 3, A. Carpenter 2, D. Toy 2, M. Wurth 2, M. Brimeyer 1, C. Hertel 1, T. Cochran 1, Grant Riggan 1, S. Ramer 1, J. Litwiller 1.