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A very special win for the Creek Boys

CCA rolls over Newton 41-14, and honors a great man
Anthony Hennes represented the Clippers in the coin toss Friday, Sept. 25, on the road against the Newton Cardinals. Hennes, usually No. 15, donned No. 41 in honor of his father, Mike Hennes, who died on Sunday, Sept. 22. CCA won the game 41-14. (photo by John Navara)

NEWTON– On Sunday, Sept. 20, John Michael “Mike” Hennes died unexpectedly. His death sent shockwaves through the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community as he was an alumnus of the former Clear Creek High School, and dad to CCA athletes. Friday morning, Sept. 25, his funeral was held in Oxford. That evening, his son Anthony joined his teammates on the varsity football team with a Class 3A district game in Newton. In honor of his dad, Anthony Hennes wore a specially crafted jersey bearing the number 41, Mike’s number, in place of his usual number 15.
When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard showed the Clippers had defeated the Cardinals, 41-14.
The Cardinals threatened the Creek Boys immediately after taking the opening kick off, but Clipper defense stopped them cold at the four-yard line, and foiled a scoring attempt by the Newton quarterback. The Cardinals’ second drive was scuttled when Harrison Rosenberg picked off a Cardinal pass and launched a drive, which ended with CCA quarterback Ryan Navara in the end zone for six points. Hennes booted the first of five extra point kicks for a 7-0 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter. The Clippers struck again in the final seconds of the first quarter as Gage Freeman scampered 43 yards to score. Hennes again nailed the point-after attempt, and CCA held a 14-0 advantage.
The Creek Boys unleashed some razz-a-ma-taz and razzle-dazzle in the second as they pulled off an old school “hook and ladder” play. Navara threw a lateral pass to Brock Reade, who then flipped the ball to an oncoming Alex Figueroa, who dashed downfield for the Clippers’ third touchdown. Hennes again went to work and CCA was up 21-0 with 9:33 left in the half. Navara scampered and scrambled on his second quarterback keeper of the night to make it 27-0 while Hennes’ kick made the score 28-0 with 1:35 until halftime. Navara notched his third touchdown of the night with 8:30 to go in the third quarter for a 34-0 lead, with Hennes’ punctuation mark making it 35-0, which triggered the continuous clock.
The red birds flew into the end zone with 1:00 left in the period with a short pass to make it 35-7. Jackson Schmidt picked off a Newton pass in the fourth quarter, starting a drive that ended with another quarterback keeper for a touchdown, however this time, it was Ben Swails who lit up the scoreboard after scurrying around the right side to a wide-open end zone. With 41 points on the board, Coach Gabe Bakker called for a two-point conversion play, which did not score.
“We had the chance to leave 41 on the board and we did for their family!” said Bakker, who added, “incredible.”
The Cardinals made it 41-14 as they scored with 1:34 remaining in the contest.
Navara, a senior, racked up 95 yards on three carries with 90 yards from “Fig” Figueroa, and 69 yards from Freeman on nine carries. Navara completed 12 of 16 passes for 159 yards as well. Defensively, Nate Beckman had seven assisted tackles and three solos, including one for a loss of yards, while Hennes made four solos and four assisted.
The Creek Boys improved to 3-2 overall, and 2-1 in 3A District 6. The Clippers welcome Oskaloosa (1-4, 0-3) to Tiffin on Friday, Oct. 2, for the 2020 Homecoming Game with the freshmen taking the field at 5 p.m. and the varsity following at 7:30 p.m.

Clear Creek Amana 41, Newton 14
Rushing — Alex Figueroa 12-90-1-46, Ryan Navara 3-95-3-60, Gage Freeman 9-69-1-43, Ben Swails 2-36-1-20, Brock Sherman 1-4, Xavier Williams 1-3, Ethan Pegump 1-1, Nate Beckman 1-2.
Passing — Navara 12-16-159, Swails 2-7-18.
Receiving — Tom Johnson 6-76, Treyton Bickel 1-21, Brock Reade 3-20, Mason Stanfield 1-13, Figueroa 1-10, Blaine Stockman 1-5, Freeman 1-32.
Kick returns — X. Williams 1-1.
Punt returns — Freeman 2-16, unk. 1-15.
Punting — Swails 3-111.
Kickoffs — Anthony Hennes 7-391-2.
Extra point kicks — Hennes 5-5.
Interceptions — Harrison Rosenberg 1-0, Reade 1-29, Jackson Schmidt 1-18.
Defensive Fumble Recoveries — Rosenberg 1-0.
Tackles — Hennes 4-4-0-0, Rosenberg 4-0-0-0, Navara 2-0-0-0, Freeman 2-4-0-0, Hansen 2-3-0-1, TJ Bollers 2-2-0-1, Gunther Sandersfeld 2-2-0-0, Bryce Mougin 2-0-0-0, Figueroa 1-0-0-0, Johnson 1-0-0-0, Reade 1-2-0-0, Kalvin Mendieta 1-2-0-1, Joey Lepire 1-0-0-1, Jayden Massey 1-0-0-0, Jackson Schmidt 1-0-0-0, Reece Hoffman 1-0-0-0, X. Williams 0-1-0-0, Pegump 0-1-0-0, Stanfield 0-1-0-0, Noah Banwart 0-1-0-0, Wes Quinlan 1-2-0-1, Beckman 3-7-0-1, Caleb Allan 0-1-0-0, Will Haughey 2-2-1-1.