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Indians capsize the Clippers

CCA’s season ends with 18-14 loss to Marion in football playoffs
CCA senior Ryan Navara has a rushing attempt stopped by a pair of Marion Indians Friday, Oct. 16, at home in a Class 3A first round playoff game. Navara completed 10 of 19 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 15 times for 34 yards in a season-ending 18-14 loss during the first round of Class 3A playoffs. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– The 2020 varsity football season came to a sad end for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Oct. 16, at home in a Class 3A first round playoff game against the Marion Indians.
The Clippers were capsized 18-14 after building a 14-0 lead in the first half, and watching it evaporate in the second.
The Creek Boys held off an early attack from the Indians, but fumbled the ball away on their first drive. Redemption came for CCA as Gage Freeman stripped the ball away from Marion’s Alex Mota with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. However, the drive died as the Indians returned the favor two CCA plays later, and the period ended in a 0-0 tie.
Ryan Navara connected with Alex “Fig” Figueroa with 8:32 left in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown play to put the Clippers on the scoreboard. Anthony Hennes booted the ball through the uprights for a 7-0 lead. Harrison Rosenberg picked off an Indian pass on Marion’s next drive, putting the Creek Boys on their own 48-yard line with 7:28 left in the half. Navara connected with Tom Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0. Again, Hennes nailed the extra-point kick, and CCA went up 14-0. Marion hustled downfield in the final minutes of the period, and with 1:06 to go before halftime, found themselves in scoring position with first down and goal. But the Clipper defense held and drove the visitors back for a loss of yards.
The Indians struck early in the third quarter after killing the Clipper’s opening drive by forcing a three-and-out. Marion scored with 9:33 left in the period, but were foiled in a two-point conversion attempt to trail CCA, 14-6. Marion narrowed the gap to 14-12 with a quarterback keeper for a score with 9:10 left in the game. Nate Beckman and TJ Bollers stuffed the Indians’ quarterback foiling another two-point attempt.
Marion recovered a Clipper fumble with 8:20 to go, and set the Indians on a warpath to the CCA end zone. The visitors scored their third and final touchdown with 6:52 left to play with help from a false start, and a facemask violation, both against the Creek Boys. Marion’s sour luck with extra points continued as the point-after kick missed its mark, but the damage had been done.
The Clippers ended the shortened season at 4-4 while the Indians improved to 3-4, and advanced to the second round to face the undefeated (7-0) Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints on Friday, Oct. 23.
Navara completed 10 of 19 passes for 98 yards and both CCA touchdowns while “Fig” led the ground attack with 24 carries for 112 yards. Beckman led the defensive effort with 7.5 total tackles including six solos. Hennes had seven total, and also made six solos while Bollers had six total and four solos with two tackles for a loss of yards.
The season, shortened to seven regular season games as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, opened with a 28-27 loss on the road to Mount Pleasant. CCA bounced back the next week with a 41-21 pounding of Muscatine at home before opening district play at Xavier where the Saints slammed the Creek Boys 30-7. Benton Community and Newton both fell to the Clippers by large margins 49-3 and 41-14. The winning streak continued for CCA as it shelled Oskaloosa 37-7 in the Homecoming Game, but was snapped by Grinnell in the final regular season contest. Grinnell’s Tigers bit the Clippers 31-24, and claimed the No. 2 spot in 3A District 6.
CCA will graduate seniors Tom Johnson, Riley Wolfe, Alex Figueroa, Brock Reade, Ryan Navara, Mason Stanfield, Anthony Hennes, Nate Beckman, Harrison Cory, Jacob Curtin, Noah Banwart, Randal Mosier, Tanner Webb, T.J. Hansen, Ryan Detert, Joey Lepire, Wes Quinlan, Mark Gorbatenko, Aaron Feinberg, TJ Bollers and Treyton Bickel.
Marion 18, Clear Creek Amana 14
Passing — Ryan Navara 10-19-98-2-0, Ben Swails 0-1-0-0-0.
Rushing — Alex Figueroa 24-112, Navara 15-34, Gage Freeman 2-19, Harrison Cory 2-9.
Receiving — Tom Johnson 5-52-1, Figueroa 1-15-1, Brock Reade 1-9-0, Harrison Rosenberg 1-9-0, Freeman 2-13-0.
Tackles — Riley Wolfe 4.0-3-0-0, Reade 1.5-1-0-0, Rosenberg 0.5-0-0-0, Jayden Massey 0.5-0-0-0, Mason Stanfield 1.5-1-0-0, Swails 1.0-1-0-0, Anthony Hennes 7.0-6-0-0, Nate Beckman 7.5-6-0-0, Freeman 5.0-4-0-1, Cory 1.0-1-0-0, Gunther Sandersfeld 1.0-0-0-0, Tanner Webb 0.5-0-0-0, TJ Hansen 1.0-0-0-0, Wes Quinlan 0.5-0-0-0, Kalvin Mendieta 1.5-1-0-0, Aaron Feinberg 0.5-0-0-0, TJ Bollers 6.0-4-0-2,
Fumble recoveries — Swails 1-0.
Interceptions — Rosenberg 1-0, Swails 1-0.
Kick returns — Johnson 1-17, Reece Hoffman 1-17, Freeman 2-36.
Punt returns — Johnson 1-11.
Kickoffs — Hennes 3-148.
PAT kicks — Hennes 2-2.
Punting — Swails 7-294.