Offenses Put Up Points Late, City High Defeats CR Prairie

The Little Hawks came away with a 28-21 victory over Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday in Cedar Rapids.


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Nate Wieland '17 joins his fellow captains on the field for the coin toss on crutches following his injury early in the previous weeks game versus Ottumwa.

Jonathan House, Sports Editor

After an entire scoreless first half, and part of the third quarter, both offenses came alive.  City High won its fourth straight to improve to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in the district. The two teams scored a combined seven touchdowns in the second half.

Jason Jones ‘16 started the scoring on a short touchdown catch on third and goal from Jared Taylor ‘17.

“I don’t know for sure. Things just started happening, I think both teams got a little more confidence in their offense, and confidence says a lot,” City High Coach Dan Sabers said of the offenses in the second half. In the first half we moved it some, we just weren’t able to finish it.”

Prairie responded with a quick touchdown, but City High came back with a quick touchdown to Will Noack ‘16. Noack came off the bench, and scampered 68 yards down the sideline to the end zone.

City High responded with another Jason Jones touchdown with 6:16 to play in the fourth quarter.

“Jason is special, and one of his best plays was a block he made on the last touchdown. That’s the kind of player Jason Jones is, he doesn’t take a play off, and he goes hard every time. We’re very fortunate to have him,” Sabers said after the game.

The block Jones made came with just over two minutes left to play, when City High had the ball with a 21-14 lead. Taylor handed it off to Bryce Frantz ‘17 who found plenty of room to run down the left side of the field. Frantz finished with over 100 yards rushing.

Prairie would add a late touchdown, but City recovered the onside kick, and ran out the clock.

“Anytime you get a win, we’ve played these guys for years. (City High played Prairie often in the old Mississippi Valley Conference, before the shift to district play was made last year). We always know their kids are hard-nosed, tough kids, and that’s what they were tonight,” Sabers said. “So we feel really good about the win.”

Next week, City High plays 1-5 Burlington at Bates Field.