Regina senior Trae RogersYour Prep Sports
Regina took a big step toward another district title last week with a win over previously unbeaten Wilton.
The top-ranked Regals continued to roll toward a district title on Friday.
Class 1A No. 1 Regina remained perfect in district play with a 56-8 win over Van Buren (0-7) in a District 4 matchup in Keosauqua.
The win was the sixth straight for Regina (6-1) and improved the Regals to 5-0 in district play.
“I was happy with the way our guys played,” Regina coach Marv Cook said. “I thought we were sharp early and we got a lot of guys in the game and got a lot of guys playing time. You can’t do any better than that.”
Since a season-opening loss to Class 3A top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier it has been an impressive run for Regina.
Regina has outscored opponents 265-59 during its six-game winning streak and is outscoring district opponents 231-59.
“Coach Cook always says don’t be complacent,” Regina senior Trae Rogers said. “These teams that we are playing, they are practicing their hardest and they are giving it their all so you have to play your hardest all the time.”
Regina jumped to a 49-0 halftime lead on Friday as seven different players scored touchdown in the opening half.
Noah Felderman started the scoring when he caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Michael Conlon.
Conlon made it 14-0 Regina when he scored on a 14-yard run.
The junior quarterback finished 3-of-3 passing for 50 yards and a touchdown as four different Regina quarterbacks combined to complete all seven of their passes.
“You want to see guys play disciplined and you want to see guys play smart football,” Cook said. “It’s easy to get lackadaisical or not pay attention to detail and I thought our guys did a good job the whole night of locking in and staying focused.”
A Daniel Sullivan 17-yard touchdown run made it 21-0 Regina and Brady Bigley returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing Van Buren possession to put Regina up 28-0.
The interception by Bigley was his second of the season and the first the Regals have returned for a touchdown.
“That was our first interception return this year and our defensive coaches were kind of getting on us, they wanted us to get one,” Rogers said. “We finally got one and they were pretty happy about that.”
Rogers scored on a 36-yard run and Kieler Brown followed with a 21-yard run and Ryan Schott added a 75-yard scoring run to cap the first half scoring.
The clock ran continuously in the second half with the 35-point rule in effect.
“We were playing our type of football, our tempo and our speed,” Rogers said. “We did what we wanted to do, we got in and we got out.”
Regina can clinch the top spot in the district with a win next week at Columbus (0-5, 1-6).
ICR – Noah Felderman 11 pass from Michael Conlon (Sam Stein kick)
ICR – Michael Conlon 14 run (Stein kick)
ICR – Daniel Sullivan 17 run (Stein kick)
ICR – Brady Bigley 27 interception return (Stein kick)
ICR – Trae Rogers 36 run (Stein kick)
ICR – Kieler Brown 21 run (Stein kick)
ICR – Ryan Schott 75 run (Stein kick)
ICR – Patrick Clark 14 pass from Schott (Brown kick)