Regina tops Gaels in 1A championship game

CEDAR FALLS – The No. 4 St. Edmond football team dropped a 35-0 decision to mighty Iowa City Regina in the Class 1A state championship game here Friday afternoon.

The Gaels (13-1 overall) were making their first title appearance on the gridiron in school history. The top-ranked Regals (14-0), meanwhile, secured their 56th consecutive victory – a new Iowa prep record – and their fourth straight state crown.

Junior quarterback Drew Cook – the son of head coach and former Iowa Hawkeye star tight end Marv Cook – was a perfect 13 of 13 passing for 177 yards in the win. Regina posted its fifth shutout victory of the season.

St. Edmond sophomore T.J. O’Tool rushed for 119 yards, while junior quarterback Matthew Bocken had 105 yards passing – all to classmate Landon Peed.

The Gaels, under the direction of 83-year-old head coach Dick Tighe, were making their UNI-Dome debut as a program this season. They ousted Van Meter in the 1A state semifinal round here last Saturday, 35-14.

This was Tighe’s first title appearance in 60 years of coaching. Tighe is Iowa’s all-time prep wins leader.