It took Regina a little while to get going Friday night.
One quarter to be exact.
After a scoreless first quarter, Class 1A top-ranked Regina exploded for 42 second-quarter points and cruised to its 50th straight win, a 49-0 shutout of Wapello (3-5).
Regina forced three Wapello turnovers in the decisive second quarter and had offensive scoring plays of 68, 54, 52 and 39 yards and also returned an interception for a score in the 42-point outburst.
“We just started making plays,” Regina coach Marv Cook said of the second quarter. “We got some big plays, some offensive explosion-type plays and that was obviously a good thing for us.”
Junior quarterback Drew Cook threw for four touchdowns and ran for another score, all in the second quarter as the Regals improved to 8-0, 5-0 in district play and secured the district 6 title.
Cook hooked up two times each with sophomore Nick Phillips and senior Bryan Amelon as the Regals scored on all five of their second-quarter possessions.
Phillips caught touchdowns of 10 and 39 yards from Cook while Amelon had scoring grabs of 54 and 52 yards.
“We had 18 plays in the first half, and I think it was 10 passes and eight runs; it was a good mix,” Marv Cook said. “We probably want to be a little more run-oriented but one of the things we wanted to work on was kind of spreading the ball out and being efficient with it, and I think for the most part we did a good job of that.”
Following 12 minutes of scoreless football, Cook raced 68 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to give Regina a 7-0 lead.
Cook’s touchdown was set up by a Michael Adam interception on a fourth-and-seven play.
On the Regal’s ensuing play following the interception, Cook kept the ball on a zone read play and raced 68 yards untouched for the touchdown.
“They were bringing a lot of pressure from on the outside from the edges and coach Kanellis saw it and wanted to make a little inside run,” Marv Cook said. “We got a nice little kick and trap in there and Drew got to the next level and got the corner.”
That was just the start for Cook and the Regal offense.
Cook hit Phillips with a 10-yard touchdown pass on the next possession, a score that was set up by Phillips’ interception.
On the first Regina play following a Wapello three-and-out, Cook found Phillips again for a score, this time from 39 yards out.
“We just emphasize trying to get better every time we go on the field, and I think that’s what we did,” Cook said. “We started communicating better and we executed better.”
On the next Wapello possession it was the Regina defense that got into the act as senior defensive lineman Mike Sehl picked off Wapello quarterback Alex Rollinger’s pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Sehl deflected the pass in the air with one hand before corralling it and racing 24 yards untouched to give Regina a 28-0 lead.
“They ran a screen pass and I sniffed it out,” Sehl said. “I saw the quarterback throw and I just stuck my hand up there and grabbed it and ran for my life.”
Rollinger, who entered the game ranking sixth in Class 1A in passing yards averaging 174 yards per game,finished just 7-of-11 for 50 yards.
Wapello managed just 29 total yards in the first half and had -7 yards rushing and one first down in the first two quarters.
“I thought we played really good on defense,” Sehl said. “The interceptions were huge, those are game changers.”
Cook hooked up with Amelon for two touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes to cap the 42-point second quarter outburst.
Amelon hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Cook down the left sideline and then snagged a 52-yard scoring strike on a reverse pass with 15 seconds left before halftime.
“We tried that play against West Branch but it didn’t work out,” Amelon said of the reverse pass. “We have that in our playbook and we just decided to throw it out there today.”
Cook didn’t play after halftime and finished 8-of-10 for 179 yards and four touchdowns through the air to go along with 68 yards and a score on the ground all in the second quarter.
For the game, Regina limited Wapello to 62 total yards of offense including just 12 rushing yards on 33 carries while forcing four turnovers.
“Wapello is a good football team, their quarterback can throw the ball around. He had 1,200 yards coming in so we knew it was going to be a good test for us,” Cook said. “I think the one thing we did well was we pressured their quarterback. We got him out of his comfort zone and obviously the turnovers were critical.”
R – Drew Cook 68 run (Jacob Adam kick)
R – Nick Phillips 10 pass from Cook (Adam kick)
R- Phillips 39 pass from Cook (Adam kick)
R- Mike Sehl 24 interception return (Adam kick)
R- Bryan Amelon 54 pass from Cook (Adam kick)
R- Amelon 52 pass from Cook (Adam kick)
R- Michael Cooper 11 run (Adam kick)
|Total Nets Yards||62||381|
RUSHING – Wapello: Holden Brockway 4-10, Adrain Lanz 8-2, Alex Rollinger 9-4, Logan Grimm 1-0, Abdul Green 4-7, Jorge Osornio 8-7, Team 1-(-18). Regina: Drew Cook 2-68, Riley Dixon 6-51, Michael Cooper 5-31, Cliff Wagner 2-19, Eric Bracken 3-11, Thomas Rapp 1-6, Jake Brinkman 1-4.
PASSING – Wapello: Alex Rollinger 7-11-1 50, Abdul Green 0-1-0 0. Regina: Drew Cook 8-10-0 179, Jared Geraets 0-2-1 0, Cliff Wagner 2-2-0 7, Thomas Rapp 3-3-0 5.
RECEIVING – Wapello: Jorge Rosarnio 3-30, Logan Grimm 3-16, Holden Brockway 1-4. Regina: Bryan Amelon 3-113, Nick Phillips 3-57, Riley Dixon 2-9, Nile Vincent 3-5, Cale Lehman 1-6, Grant Hogan 1-1.