ANAMOSA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, under first-year coach Matt Hughes, picked up their third win of the 2013 season Friday night against the Anamosa Blue Raiders at Anamosa. The Clippers pounded Anamosa 48-19, improving their record to 3-4 with two regular season games left.
The Raiders struck first, scoring on a 55-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter. Nile Rourke passed to Keyan McAreavy shortly after for a 19-yard pass and a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6. Jon Jacobson nailed the PAT kick and the Clippers were up by one point. Rourke was busy late in the period as well, picking up an Anamosa fumble and returning it 30 yards for another Clipper touchdown and a 13-6 lead.
Anamosa narrowed the gap with a 1-yard run to score in the second quarter, making it 13-12. However, Tanner Bandy went 5 yards to score, and with Jacobson’s kick, CCA went up 20-12. Just before the halftime break, Andrew Beckler ran 67 yards to score and again, Jacobson’s kick was on-target for the 27-12 lead.
Harry Lucas scored for CCA in the third quarter by rushing 2 yards to score, and again Jacobson sent the ball downtown putting the Clippers up, 34-12. Rourke scampered 52 yards for his second touchdown of the night with 6:48 left in the period. Once again, Jacobson put the ball through the uprights and Creek had a 29-point lead.
Ben Gingerich put the exclamation point on CCA’s scoring statement with a 48-yard run downfield to score two minutes into the final period. Yet again, Jacobson lined up his shot and sent the pigskin flying straight and true for the extra point.
The Raiders put together a successful drive to retaliate and with a 3-yard run, bought their second and final touchdown, with a good PAT to follow.
The Clippers put 493 yards of rushing into the books, led by Rourke with 100. Jon Nzombo had 87 yards, Bandy put up 82 and Beckler went 81. Gingerich rushed for 55 yards, Mitch Stopko had 49 while Tyler Kasper went 20, Aaron Akers went 11 yards and Stephen Jensen had 4. Harry Lucas had 3 yards of rushing and Robby Swails went 1 yard.
The Creek Crew is home Friday, Oct. 18, to face the Marion Indians.