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The streak is over

N. Scott lances CCA, 45-7, ending historic winning streak for the Clippers
CCA’s Andrew Rohret scampers out of the end zone on a quarterback keeper Friday, Oct. 12, at home against the North Scott Lancers. CCA’s historic winning streak came to a brutal end at 7-0 as the Lancers pounded the Clippers, 45-7, and clinched the Class 3A District 5 title. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Senior Night at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was spoiled Friday, Oct. 12, as the Clippers’ historic gridiron winning streak ended at the hands of the visiting North Scott Lancers.
The Lancers pounded the Creek Boys, 45-7, and dipped CCA to 7-1 after the first-ever 7-0 record in school history. North Scott also clinched the Class 3A District 5 championship (and secured a spot in the playoffs) as well.
Clipper defense held the Lancers at bay in the opening minutes of the game, forcing North Scott into a 40-yard field goal attempt. The ball nailed the crossbar, but was deemed good for a 3-0 Lancer lead with 8:40 remaining in the first quarter.
CCA’s Quentin Gisleson picked off a Lancer pass in the Clippers’ end zone, thwarting a touchdown and sparking a short-lived drive that ended with an Andrew Rohret pass getting intercepted and putting North Scott on the Creek Boys’ 18-yard line. The visitors wasted no time and scored on a quarterback keeper with 2:21 left in the period. The point-after kick was good and North Scott took a 10-0 advantage.
North Scott’s defense kept the Clippers contained in their own end zone, and forced a CCA punt. The Lancers returned the kick for another touchdown with 16 seconds left in the quarter and a 17-0 lead.
Creek defense held off the Lancers for a fourth down turnover on their own one-yard line in the second quarter. The ensuing drive was doomed, however, as North Scott picked off a second Rohret pass. The Lancers ended the half with a long pass into CCA’s end zone for a touchdown with 49 seconds remaining. The Lancers led 24-0 at halftime.
The Creek Boys received the kickoff to start the second half and Mitch Evans returned it into Lancer territory, starting the CCA drive at North Scott’s 46-yard line. Unfortunately, yet again, the Clippers went three and out, punting the ball away. The Lancers scored with 5:36 left in the period for a 31-0 advantage and went up 38-0 in the first minutes of the fourth quarter.
A variety of mistakes and miscues plagued the Creek Boys all night, but a fumble with 8:34 left in the ballgame gave the Lancers the ball and set up a drive culminating in a touchdown and 45-0 lead.
The Clippers finally avoided the shutout with nine seconds remaining on the continuous clock when Rohret found and connected with Evans standing in the Clipper Blue end zone. Evans then booted the point-after kick making it 45-7.
Rohret was CCA’s leading rusher with 48 yards on 18 carries and completed six of 13 passes for 54 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Alex Figueroa made nine carries for 22 yards with 17 yards on two carries for Sam Stevens. Stevens took two of Rohret’s passes 37 yards as the leading receiver for the Creek. Rohret took out some frustration on the defensive side of the ball as he led CCA with eight solo and 10 assisted tackles.
The loss put the Clippers into a battle with Davenport Assumption for the district runner-up title, which will be decided Friday, Oct. 19, as CCA travels to DeWitt for the regular season finale, while Assumption travels to North Scott. In years past, being the runner-up would get a team into the playoffs, and in contention for a state championship. CCA was in the playoffs in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with 6-3, 6-3 and 5-4 records, and in 2014 and 2015 with 7-2 and 5-4 showings. A policy change by the Iowa High School Athletic Union (IHSAA) in 2016 left the Clippers watching the playoffs from home despite a 7-2 record. 2016 was also the year CCA had a 6-0 start followed by a pair of losses and a season-finale win.
Under the policy adopted by the IHSAA in January, only the district champion, or teams tying for the championship automatically advance to the playoffs. Remaining at-large qualifiers are to be determined by a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) formula based on three criteria: the team’s overall win-loss percentage, the team’s opponent’s win-loss percentage and the team’s opponent’s opponent’s win-loss percentage.
First round games are set for Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. with the RPI determining site assignments for both the first and quarterfinal rounds. The quarterfinal round will take place Friday, Nov. 2. All semifinal round games will be played in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls with Class 3A scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The Class 3A championship is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

PASSING — Andrew Rohret 6-13-54-2-1.
RUSHING— Rohret 18-48, Alex Figueroa 9-22, Sam Stevens 2-17, Harrison Cory 2-9, Zach Kabbage 1-1.
RECEIVING — Stevens 2-37, Nolan Schwarting 2-7, Mitch Evans 1-9-1, T.J. Bollers 1-1.
TACKLES (Solo, Assists, Total, Tackles for loss, Sacks) — Rohret 8-10-13.0-0-0, Quentin Gisleson 5-1-5.5-0-0, Bollers 4-4-6.0-2-1, Jacob Curtin 3-1-3.5-0-0, J.J. Denny 2-8-6.0-0-0, Grant Jensen 2-8-0-0, Kabbage 2-5-4.5-0-0, Evans 2-3-3.5-0-0, Kaden Gisleson 2-1-2.5-0-0, Zane Cunningham 1-7-4.5-0-0, Sam Noska 1-5-3.5-0-0, Eric Zierke 1-2-2.0-0-0, Nick Gerard 1-1-1.5-0-0, Spencer Karkosh 0-3-1.5-0-0, Arron Feinberg 0-2-1.0-0-0, Joey Lepire 0-1-0.5-0-0.
INTERCEPTIONS — Q. Gisleson 1-4.
PAT KICKING — Evans 1-1.
KICK OFFs — Evans 2-89.
PUNTING — Blake Malli 5-165.
KICK OFF RETURNS — Evans 4-100, Gerard 2-6, Stevens 1-17.