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Creek Boys pound the Hounds

CCA rolls over Fort Madison 38-0, remains unbeaten
CCA’s Jonah Upah holds back a Fort Madison Bloodhound, giving quarterback Andrew Rohret (at right) time to work Friday, Sept. 7, at home. The Creek Boys improved to 3-0 with a 38-0 win. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– And now we are three. Three-and-oh, that is.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team remained unbeaten in the early part of the season with a 38-0 home field pounding of the Bloodhounds from Fort Madison Friday, Sept. 7.
The win improved the Clippers’ record to 3-0, a mark not seen since 2016 and for only the second time in the past decade. The Creek Boys also held onto the best showing, so far, in Class 3A District No.5 as the only unbeaten team.
Andrew Rohret put the Creek Boys on the scoreboard with 7:02 left in the first quarter as he scored on a quarterback keeper. Mitch Evans’ point-after kick (PAT) was good and CCA had a 7-0 lead.
Rohret scored again with 1:02 left in the period, again on a keeper, but a penalty against the Clippers negated the effort. Instead, CCA settled for a 24-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.
Rohret intercepted a Bloodhounds’ pass in the final seconds of the first quarter, starting a Clipper drive that ended with him connecting with Nolan Schwarting for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Evans sent the ball through the uprights for the PAT and CCA was ahead 17-0 with five seconds left in the period.
The senior CCA quarterback connected with a leaping T.J. Bollers in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass and a 23-0 advantage. Again, Evans made a solid kick and the Clippers were up 24-0 with 3:09 left in the first half.
Zach Kabbage intercepted a Fort Madison pass and returned the ball 22 yards to give the Creek Boys the final possession of the half.
Early in the third quarter, Rohret found himself in the end zone for the third time as he scrambled 42 yards for his second touchdown of the night. Yet again, Evans came through with the PAT and the Clippers were up 31-0 with 10:38 remaining in the third.
The Bloodhounds threatened to score but turned the ball over on downs. Had they scored, it would’ve been only the second touchdown against the Creek Boys this season, with the first occurring in the season-opener against Mount Pleasant.
Sam Stevens took a Rohret pass 22 yards for a touchdown, triggering the continuous clock in the third period. Evans remained perfect in PATs on the night as the Clippers took a 38-0 lead into the fourth.
Rohret, a 5-10 senior, did yeoman’s duty for the Clippers as he completed 13 of 16 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns, scampered 111 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns, made three solo tackles, had two tackle assists and one quarterback sack in addition to making an interception.
“He’s a linebacker-running back playing quarterback right now,” Head Coach Gabe Bakker said, “and it works out pretty well.”
Bakker said it was fantastic being 3-0.
“Our kids really put in a lot of good work in the off-season, and it’s showing now on the field,” he said. “We’re using our speed really well on defense, 11 hands to the football, keeping everything in front of us, and we’re doing a great job with it right now.
“Offensively we’ve got to be a little more run first, we’re making plays on some broken plays, and we’ll take that at this time,” Bakker said. “What’s nice is, as coaches we still have stuff to work on. We can go to practice on Monday and have things to fix, but this team is just fun to be around. They come to work, they’re no-nonsense, they’re business-like but when it’s time to have fun, they have fun. I really enjoy being around these guys.”
Next up is Marion (1-2) at Marion on Friday, Sept. 14. Solon rolled the Indians, 47-10. New rival Liberty High visits the Clippers on Friday, Sept. 21, for CCA’s Homecoming game, and the start of district play. The Lightning, AKA: “The Bolts,” are 1-2 after a 35-19 loss to Washington (Iowa).
“Those are great opponents, and we have to be ready to roll,” Bakker said.

Passing: Andrew Rohret 13-16-158-3. Ryan Navara 3-4-16. Blake Malli 1-1-4.
Rushing: Alex Figueroa 18-104. Rohret 16-111-2. Zach Kabbage 5-5. Harrison Cory 4-5. Jacob Curtin 2-3.
Receiving: Sam Stevens 5-36-1. T.J. Bollers 3-50-1. Nolan Schwarting 2-31-1. Mitch Evans 2-24. Kabbage 1-17. Cory 1-8. Brock Reade 1-7. Riley Wolfe 1-4. Nick Gerard 1-1.
Tackles (solo, assists, total, solo for loss, QB sack): Grant Jensen 4-1-4.5-1-0. Rohret 3-2-4.0-1-1. J.J. Denny 3-2-4.0-0-0. Zane Cunningham 3-0-3.0-0-0. Arron Feinberg 3-0-3.0-0-0. Kabbage 3-0-3.0-0-0. Bollers 2-3-3.5-0-0. Nate Beckmann 2-0-2.0-0-0. Kaden Gisleson 2-0-2.0-0-0. Sam Noska 2-0-2.0-1-0. Evans 1-2-2.0-0-0. Spencer Karkosh 1-2-2.0-0-0. Nick Collins 1-1-1.5-0-0. Gerard 1-0-1.0-0-0. Grant Haman 1-0-1.0-0-0.
Interceptions: Kabbage 1-22. Rohret 1-0.
PAT kicking: Evans 5-5.
Field Goal kicking: Evans 1-1-24.
Kick offs: Evans 7-361.
Punting: Malli 1-15.
Kick off returns: Stevens 1-23.