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TIFFIN — You could argue that this was the biggest regular-season football game in Clear Creek Amana history.
The Clippers were more than ready for the bright lights, the prime time.
Class 3A ninth-ranked Clear Creek Amana forced five turnovers, blocked a punt and knocked off No. 6 West Delaware, 30-14, in a District 4 football showdown Friday night at Clipper Field.
CCA is 6-0 for the first time ever and owns sole possession of first place in the 3A-4 race at 4-0.
“Six-and-oh feels great, and we’re not done,” proclaimed defensive back Cory Siders, who intercepted a pair of passes.
West Delaware (5-1, 3-1) entered the game with the top offensive crew in 3A at 496.6 yards per game. The Hawks managed a respectable 313 yards Friday, but all those turnovers were far too much to overcome.
“Every week, our coaches come up with a great game plan,” said Drake Mougin, a terror both defensively and on special teams. “They had the top offense in the state, and we took it as a challenge to shut them down.”
The Clippers recovered three fumbles, including two by Mougin that featured a 30-yard return for touchdown. Siders added a pair of picks and Mougin blocked a punt.
That meant some short-field opportunities for the Clippers’ offense, and they cashed in.
Special teams had their fingerprints all over the Clippers’ good fortunes in the first half.
With the Hawks in front, 7-3, Tyreke Williams boomed a 50-yard punt that the Hawks muffed. CCA’s Andrew Rohret recovered it at the West Delaware 13-yard line. Matt Brimeyer scored on a 6-yard touchdown three plays later to punt CCA in front, 10-7.
Late in the half, CCA used two timeouts with West Delaware trying to run out the clock and forced a punt with 42 seconds left. Mougin rushed in from the corner to block it, and the Clippers set up shop at the Hawks 5.
“The coaches let me go out and try to get it, and I was lucky enough to get there,” Mougin said. “That was a big part of the game, and it gave us a chance to score.”
Brimeyer did so on the next play, and it was 16-7 at intermission.
Williams — who averaged 45.2 yards on six punts — nailed a 46-yard field goal to start the Clippers’ scoring (capping a 15-play drive that started at the CCA 7). West Delaware answered when Kabryn Cook outjumped the CCA secondary for a long pass from Tanner Wessels, and when the defender fell, Cook had clear sailing to conclude an 80-yard scoring play.
Mougin’s first fumble recovery — at the Hawks’ 39 — led to Cade Gallagher’s 4-yard TD run that made it 23-7. His second was a sack-strip-recover-and-run job that put the game out of reach at 30-7 with 1:54 to go.
CCA is at Marion next week; West Delaware is at Dubuque Wahlert.
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