EDDYVILLE — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont football team the ability to rewrite some record books Friday night. The Rockets also had the ability to make sure one record book, the state football record book, would remain untouched by season’s end with that victory.
But instead of stopping the current active longest winning streak in the state while being one of the rare unranked teams to upset a three-time reigning state champion, EBF instead saw its bid to start 4-0 for the first time in program history go by the wayside at the hands of a team that has made unbeaten seasons a common occurrence. Top-ranked Iowa City Regina continued its march toward a fourth consecutive perfect year, scoring 35 straight points in the opening three quarters to clinch the team’s 46th straight win with a 42-12 Class 1A, District 6 victory over the Rockets.
Junior running back Jack Brinkman scored four decisive touchdowns in the win for the Regals (4-0, 2-0), including three rushing scores while gaining 100 yards on eight carries. Brinkman also had a 77-yard kickoff return in a wild fourth quarter that also featured a 95-yard punt return to answer by EBF’s Cory Archer, his second straight game with a runback for a touchdown.
We played a tough game against the top team in the state after losing a couple kids to injury,” Rockets head football coach Eric Kellar said. “We drove the ball down the field on our first drive, but it stalled out at the 15-yard line. If we score there, it might have been a different game.”
EBF (3-1, 1-1) will not have it any easier next Friday night. The Rockets will be trying to bounce back on the road at sixth-ranked Wilton, who joined the Regals atop the district at 4-0 and 2-0 with a win over West Branch.