Exciting First Round of the Scholarship Scramble; Only 4 Spots Remain
It was another exciting night at the US Cellular Center, as the Cedar Rapids Titans hosted the first ever Iowa Bowl, taking on cross state rivals the Iowa Barnstormers. And while the professional football action was hot, the excitement was also thick at the half.
It was the first round of the 2015 Collins Community Credit Union Scholarship Scramble, and the first two schools to face off were Washington and Springville. Springville has been a part of the scramble each of the 3 previous years, having been in the finals ever year as well. Meanwhile, Washington has only joined us one previous year, of which they were eliminated in the first round. While both contenders were new to the challenge this year, and while it certainly is an individual challenge, the schools also have something at stake, as the winning contender in June takes home $250 for their school on top of the $500 prize they receive.
Up first was Tyler from Springville. Talking with Tyler, while he did finish the season as the Springville QB, he didn't start that way. It was only after injury that he rose to the occasion. He charged onto the field hitting his first 2 target, then stumbled on the 3rd, but hit the 4th. With 4 points going into the 5th toss, he just missed his mark, but ended with a fast time of 26 seconds.
Noah from Washington was next, and he took a different approach. He chose to focus his tosses, spending a bit more time. He hit the first 3 shots to tie it up, but bobbled the 4th. With his chances to beat the time tiebreaker dwindling, he launched the 5th and final toss, and connected, giving him 7 points, and moving him on to the next round, handing Springville a tough loss.
The next face-off comes up this Saturday, with Jeremy giving Benton it's first ever appearance in the competition, taking on Preston from Solon. Solon was the winning school in the 2nd season, so Preston could bring the title back home. Tickets are still available for the Titans game that night, so don't miss out on the action at halftime.
By the way, with these 2 names added, there's only 4 more openings left. We've also not heard from first season champion school Jefferson, or last season winning school, Prairie. In fact the rest of the Cedar Rapids and Marion Schools have yet to toss their names in the ring. Xavier, Kennedy, Marion, Linn-Mar... where are you guys at?