CEDAR FALLS — Van Meter captured the state championship it couldn’t quite win a year ago with a 28-7 win over perennial power Iowa City Regina Friday in the Class 1A state football title game in the UNI-Dome.
The Bulldogs came into the game with a 12-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in 1A, and they looked the part while taking down the fourth-ranked Regals, who were making their seventh appearance in the championship game in the last eight years.
Van Meter used a pair of Blake Fryar touchdown passes to build a 14-0 halftime lead. Those were two of just six pass completions for the Bulldogs, who ran for 241 yards.
The lead grew to 21-0 after three quarters before Regina, which was hampered by four turnovers, finally broke through on Isaac Vollstedt’s 46-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Van Meter answered with another score with 7:23 remaining.
Cason Rhodes rushed for 125 yards on 30 carries for the Bulldogs and Vollstedt finished with 157 yards on 21 rushes for the Regals. Defensively, Sam Thompson was in on 14 tackles and had one of Van Meter’s three interceptions.