CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Iowa City Regina now stands alone among Iowa high school football programs.
Drew Cook completed all 13 of his passes and Regina ran its winning streak to a state-record 56 games in beating Fort Dodge St. Edmond 35-0 Friday to capture the Class 1A state championship.
It was the fourth consecutive title for the top-ranked Regals, who had been tied with the great Waterloo East teams of the late 1960s with 55 straight wins. East compiled its streak from 1965-71, before the state had postseason playoffs.
St. Edmond (13-1) brought the stingiest defense in 1A, giving up only 7 points a game. But the fourth-ranked Gaels were no match for the highly skilled Regals (14-0), who joined Solon as the only schools with four straight championships.
The Regals' winning streak also is the longest current run in the country. Ithaca, Michigan, takes a 55-game streak into a semifinal playoff game on Saturday.
Riley Dixon sped through a huge hole in the right side of the line en route to a 33-yard touchdown on Regina's seventh play of the day, and that set the tone for the game.
Jake Brinkman swept around the right end on a 4-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter and Cook shed a tackler in the backfield on a 5-yard TD run a little more than 5 minutes later.
Cook, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior who runs nearly as well as he throws, is the son of Regina coach Marv Cook, the former University of Iowa and NFL tight end who's now 88-5 at the school.
Cook's touchdown pass came on a perfectly executed flea-flicker that fooled the St. Edmond defense. The Regals ran a double reverse with a pitch back to Cook, who found Bryan Amelon all by himself behind the secondary and hit him for a 61-yard play.
Cook threw for 177 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a TD.
Brinkman capped the scoring when he broke two tackles on a 68-yard run early in the third quarter, marking the third championship game of the week in which a continuous clock ran for all or part of the second half.
Regina has won the last two 1A championships after taking 2A crowns in 2010 and 2011. The Regals' last loss was to Solon the 2009 2A quarterfinals.
With his five extra points, Regina's Jacob Adam set a state record with 105 kicking points this season.
It was the first championship game appearance for St. Edmond and its 83-year-old coach, Dick Tighe, the state's career victory leader with 413. Sophomore T.J. O'Tool rushed for 119 yards to lead St. Edmond, which committed four turnovers.