TIFFIN– Another season on the gridiron goes into the books as the 2013 varsity campaign ended Friday, Oct. 25, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. A 42-28 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals and a win by the Marion Indians over Central Clinton-DeWitt wiped out any chance for the Clippers to play in the postseason playoffs.
The Indians and Clippers tied in Class 3A district 6 with 4-5 records overall, but Marion’s district record is 3-3 to CCA’s 2-4, giving the Indians the nod.
Maquoketa drew first blood Friday night, scoring on an 11-yard pass in the first quarter and took a 14-0 lead in the second before Nile Rourke connected with Keyan McAreavy for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Jon Jacobson nailed the extra point, and it was a 14-7 ballgame with 8:37 left in the first half. The Cardinals scored two more times in the half with a 10-yard rushing effort and a 6-yard run to go up 21-7. With nine seconds on the clock, Rourke kept the ball and scampered 5 yards to score. Again Jacobson’s kick was on-target and the score stood at 21-14 at the break.
Maquoketa scored again in the third, on a 10-yard run to make it 35-14 going into the final period. The Cardinals opened the quarter with a 6-yard run to score in the first minute for a 42-14 lead.
However, the Clippers refused to quit and put up a pair of touchdowns. Harry Lucas carried the ball 5 yards to score and Jon Nzombo ran 20 yards to score in the final minute. Jacobson’s kicks were both spot-on for the 42-28 final score.
Nzombo led the Clippers’ ground assault with 115 yards of rushing, Lucas had 73 yards, Andrew Beckler had 55, Rourke kept the ball six times for 27, and Tanner Bandy pounded the ball 17 yards downfield. Rourke completed six of 19 passes for 77 yards with the longest good for 35. Defensively Bryan Marmolejo had seven tackles and one assist, Stephen Jensen sacked the quarterback and Aaron Akers recovered a fumble.
The 4-5 record ties the team’s 2012 record. Solon finished at the top of the district with a 6-0 and 8-1 record followed by the Cardinals at 5-1 and 6-3. Central Clinton-DeWitt finished 3-3 in district play and 4-5 overall, as did the Indians. Benton Community ended the season at 2-4 and 2-7 while the Anamosa Blue Raiders sat in the basement at 0-6 and 0-9.