Clippers struggle against the Golden Hawks
WELLMAN — The second week of the regular season for varsity football ended with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers still looking for a win. Following a loss to Mount Pleasant the week before at home, the Clippers traveled to Wellman Friday (Sept. 2) to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie. The night did not go well for CCA, as the Hawks soared to a 38-13 win.
Mid-Prairie struck in the first quarter on a three-yard run followed by a successful PAT kick, and put seven more on the board in the second off a 15-yard touchdown pass with another successful kick. Clipper defense held the Golden Hawks at bay early in the third quarter, but the home team still managed a 37-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.
With 2:28 left in the third, Nash Stopko opened a drive for the Clippers by rushing four yards to the CCA 49 yard line. Quarterback Konrad Moore fired-off a 19-yard pass to Tanner Bandy, putting the Clippers on the Mid-Prairie 32 yard line with a first down. Moore’s pass to Jake Swenka was tipped away, but a penalty on the Hawks for pass interference gave CCA needed yards. With first and 10 on the Hawks’ 17, Moore kept the ball and rushed eight yards to the nine yard line. Another quarterback keeper found Moore at the five with first down and goal. Moore kept the ball a third time, rushing up the middle to score. Caleb Sedlacek came in for PAT duties, knocking the ball through the uprights for a 17-7 score.
Unfortunately the Clipper celebration was cut short as Sedlacek’s kick-off was returned by Mid-Prairie’s Ryan Hoffman 86 yards for a touchdown. The good kick after put the Clippers down 24-7 as the quarter ended.
The Golden Hawks put up a touchdown with 7:38 left in the game, and posted the final insult with 5:47 to go.
The final Clipper drive started on their own 20 yard line, thanks to a touchback on the Hawks’ kick-off. Moore passed to Jonathan Nzombo, but a holding call erased the play and dragged the Clippers back to their own eight yard line. Facing first down and 22 to go, Stopko rushed up the middle for 17 badly needed yards. Moore tried to hit Tanner Bandy but the pass was incomplete. Moore then scrambled for three yards, making it only to the CCA 28 yard line. On fourth down with two yards to go, Moore’s pass to Bandy was overthrown.
While it looked like the Clippers were going to turn the ball over on downs, another penalty popped up, negating the play and moving the Clippers forward 16 yards to their own 44 yard line with a first down.
Moore took advantage of the gift from the zebras, firing a 50-yard pass to Bandy, who was stopped on the Hawks’ six. Moore hit Bandy again for the six-yard pass good for a touchdown. Sedlacek’s PAT kick failed, leaving the CCA crew at 13 points.
The Clippers dropped to 0-2 overall as they head for South Tama and the start of District 6 action on Friday, Sept. 9. CCA returns on Sept. 16 for Homecoming against Solon.