Little Hawks @ Little Cyclones: Showdown for the Little Cy-Hawk Trophy

City High will be playing Ames for the first time tonight, before the University of Iowa and Iowa State matchup Saturday 13th.


Dominic Balestrieri-Fox and Libby Fischer


vs. Ames High School (1-1)
@ City High

When: 7:15 PM

Where: FrankBates Field

The Rundown: The Little Hawks prepare to face off against the Little Cyclones this Friday, September 12.

Friday’s will be the first match-up between City and Ames. The game will take place the night before the Iowa vs Iowa State football game in hopes to gather a larger crowd at the high school game, and a special Little Cy-Hawk trophy has been created for the occasion.

“I’m happy they came up with the idea to play Ames before the college game,” Coach Dan Sabers said. “I’m excited for it, and I think the kids are too.”

Collaboration for the game began in early spring, with the support of HyVees in both Ames and Iowa City for the provision of the trophy.

Ames runs a primarily passing-offense, with JR quarterback #10 Michael Frankl at the helm. In his past two games, Frankl has maintained a 68.8% completion rate with only one interception out of 64 attempts. His most hit targets are point-leading receivers #4 Colby Shane and #9 Sam Rathe, who have scored 20 and 18 point respectively this season.

The Little Cyclones also sport a quick defense, currently led in tackles by linebacker #43 Hank Swalla, who has accounted for 18 solo tackles this season.

The Little Hawks are led by quarterback #15 Nate Wieland ’17 who presents a similar completion rate: 60.2% and 83 attempts, with two interceptions. Currently leading the Little Hawks in points are receiver #19 Juma Burnett ‘16, and kicker #17 Ryan Brennan ‘15 with 5 points, including a 39 yard field goal.

Leading the Little Hawks in defense are linebackers #23 Aaron Kimber ‘15, with 11 solo tackles followed by #4 Erick Fletcher ‘16, with 8.

Sabers is confident that tonight’s game will not only be one of the Little Hawks’ best yet, but will turn into a storied rivalry.

“We’re the Little Hawks. They’re the Little Cyclones. We didn’t just make this up.” Sabers concluded.