Regina Rebounds From Week One Loss With Road Win at Anamosa

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It took Regina a quarter to get rolling but the Regals got the rebound they were looking for.

Class 1A sixth-ranked Regina scored 20 second-quarter points to overcome an early 9-7 deficit on its way to a 34-15 win over Anamosa (1-1) in a non-district contest in Anamosa.

Scott Blondin rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and Ashton Cook threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score as Regina (1-1) avoided its second consecutive 0-2 start.

Cook threw for 225 yards and Regina finished with 370 total yards a week after managing just 197 yards in a 44-7 season-opening loss to 3A top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier.

For the second straight game Regina fell into an early hole when Anamosa took a 6-0 lead on a touchdown run by Zac McLean on the Blue Raiders’ opening possession of the game.

This time Regina responded.

Kieler Brown gave Regina a 7-6 with a 12-yard touchdown run.

Anamosa took its final lead at 9-7 on a Maverick Tjaden field goal but Regina responded with 20 unanswered points to end the opening half.

Blondin scored the first of two 1-yard touchdown runs to put Regina up 14-9 and Cook made it 20-9 when the scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

A 1-yard Blondin touchdown run gave the Regals a 27-9 halftime advantage.

Anamosa cut the lead to 27-15 on a Nolan McLean touchdown run on its opening possession of the third quarter but Regina had the answer.

Cook connected with Bryce Barnett on a seven-yard scoring strike to push the lead back to 34-15.

Barnett led four Regina receivers with at least four receptions, snagging five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Alec Wick caught five passes for 75 yards while Scott Arendt had five receptions for 30 yards and Patrick Clark caught four passes for 39 yards.

Cook finished 20-of-33 through the air for 225 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Milder led the Regina defensive effort with a career-high 18 tackles that included a sack.

Jack Keller had six tackles and Blondin had five tackles for the Regals.

Levi Quinlan picked off a pair of passes for Regina.

Regina will host top-ranked Pella Christian in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal next week.

ANA – Zac McLean run (Kick failed)

ICR – Kieler Brown 12 run (Michael Dunn kick)

ANA – Maverick Tjaden field goal                                                     

ICR – Scott Blondin 1 run (Dunn kick)

ICR – Ashton Cook 1 run (kick failed)

ICR – Blondin 1 run (Dunn kick)

ANA – Nolan McLean run (Kick failed)

ICR – Bryce Barnett 7 pass from Cook (Dunn kick)