TIFFIN– Last year, it was pink socks and cleats in an attempt to help a member of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) family. This year, the varsity football team, coaches and fans wore pink for the greater community affected by cancer during its Friday night game against the Grinnell Tigers.
“Tackle the Cure” raised money through T-shirt sales and the auctioning of specially-made pink jerseys for the team. CCA alum Ashton Kutcher donated the jerseys and autographed a few with his number from his days on the Clipper gridiron. Money raised was to go to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
While the Clippers helped others find a cure for cancer, the search for a win on the football field continued as the Tigers chewed up CCA, 38-21.
Grinnell started the game with a seven-play drive which resulted in a Tiger field goal after the Clipper defense held Grinnell outside the end zone.
Down 3-0, CCA ground out a drive of retribution culminating in a Clipper touchdown. Quarterback Dillon Villhauer converted a third down with 16 to go on the Grinnell 46 yard line with a 24-yard scramble, then connected with Konrad Moore for a touchdown pass. Caleb Sedlacek’s PAT kick put the cherry on the sundae for Clipper Nation.
The lead held through the remainder of the first quarter as well as much of the second as both teams settled in for back-and-forth trench warfare. With 2:08 left in the half, Grinnell’s Wolfgang Strovers took a 1-yard run across the line for a 9-7 edge. The PAT was good and the Tigers took a 10-7 lead into the halftime break.
In the third, Grinnell’s Avery Lindley broke loose for a 27-yard run and a touchdown with 8:11 left in the period.
Grinnell penalties helped CCA respond with a drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown rush by Moore took the ball off the right tackle, cutting the gap to 17-14 with Sedlacek’s kick.
The Tigers put up a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead 31-14.
With 4:40 left on the clock, CCA started another drive into Tiger territory, scoring on an 11-yard keeper by Villhauer and CCA was down by 10 with 3:16 to go.
Unfortunately, a 50-yard dash and 1-yard leap up the middle gave Grinnell the winning edge.
Villhauer carried the ball 31 times to lead the ground offensive with 156 yards. Stopko’s five carries gave him 28 yards, Jonathan Nzombo had one carry for three yards and Moore had one for one.
Villhauer completed 19 of 36 touchdowns, was not intercepted, but was sacked 10 times for a loss of 62 yards. Kahler took five passes 57 yards, Stopko also had five but for 50 while Schulte caught three for 36 yards. Bandy had three receptions for 34 yards, Moore caught two for seven, and Terran Wagner took one for five yards.
Moore, Bryan Marmolejo and Jake Swenka were credited with seven tackles each, while Nzombo, Tyler Kasper, Miguel Mosaquites and Jared Ganschow had six apiece. Stopko and Casey Rohret had five with a sack to Rohret’s credit.
The loss keeps the Clippers at the bottom of Class 3A District 6 with a 0-6 record.
Friday Oct. 7 will find CCA on the road at Benton Community in Van Horne. The final two regular season match-ups against Williamsburg and Mount Vernon will take place at home on Oct. 14 and 21 respectively.