By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The eighth week of the 2011 football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home against rival Williamsburg. The Clippers last faced the Raiders in last year’s second round of the postseason playoffs. In that contest, Williamsburg ran over the Clippers, 65-35, in Williamsburg.
CCA held a 17-7 halftime lead, but a flurry of Williamsburg scoring dashed any hope of victory in a 52-24 loss.
The Raiders opened Friday’s battle by scoring first on a 65-yard fumble return coupled with a good PAT kick for an early 7-0 lead.
Dillon Villhauer put the Clippers on the board with a 45-yard scramble with 9:40 left in the first period. Caleb Sedlacek’s PAT kick was good and the game was tied. Jared Ganschow gave the Clippers the lead by scoring on a 66-yard touchdown pass from Villhauer with 5:28 to go in the quarter. Sedlacek nailed the PAT kick again and CCA was up 14-7.
Williamsburg was held scoreless in the second quarter, but the Raiders also held the Clippers to only a field goal. With Sedlacek’s 42-yard kick, the Clippers went into halftime ahead 17-7.
The Raiders scored four times in the third quarter, the first on a 27-yard field goal, the second by running an interception in 30 yards to score. Williamsburg added a 14-yard touchdown pass and capitalized on another interception, this time for 65 yards to score.
Tanner Bandy put six points on the board in the middle of the Raider scoring frenzy with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Villhauer. Sedlacek’s kick after was good, and the quarter ended with the Raiders ahead 31-24.
The finale belonged to the Raiders as they shut down the Clippers and put up three more touchdowns on a 65-yard run, a 22-yard run, and a 1-yard run respectively for the 52-24 final score.
Villhauer scrambled 20 times but only made 36 yards while suffering 70 yards of loss. He also completed 16-32 passes for 276 yards with two interceptions.
Ganschow caught five passes for 94 yards, Bandy had three receptions for 66 yards, Kam Kahler caught two for 56, Nash Stopko caught three for 31, Tyler Schulte received two for 23 and AJ Liddell caught one pass for 6 yards.
Defensively, Bryan Marmolejo led with 18 total tackles, Miguel Mosaquites had 16, Stopko had 13, Villhauer helped his cause with 11 and Jonathan Nzombo had 10.
The Clippers remained at the bottom of Class 3A District 6 with a 0-8 record while Williamsburg improved to 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the district. Grinnell and Solon are tied for first place with 7-1 overall and 6-0 district records.
The final game of the season will pit the Clippers against the Mustangs of Mt. Vernon at home on Friday Oct. 21. The Mustangs are 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the district.