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City bests West, 20-7

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– City High keeps “The Boot,” a bronzed boot traveling trophy, for another year. The Little Hawks claimed it from the West High Trojans, 14-12, in last year’s annual battle of the cross-town rivals, and upset the Trojans, 20-7, Friday, Sept. 16, for the right to keep it another year.
City came into the contest ranked 10th in Class 4A with a 2-1 record, while the Trojans were ranked fifth with a 3-0 showing as they took to the gridiron for the rivalry on their Homecoming night.
City scored with 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, for a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard run, and held the advantage through a scoreless second period.
City’s Nate Wieland scored on a quarterback keeper in the third with a short dive into the end zone to make it 13-0 for the Little Hawks. However, the point-after kick was no good. City scored again with just under two minutes left in the quarter on a 7-yard run by Bryce Frantz to make it 19-0. A good extra point kick gave the Hawks the 20-0 advantage going into the final period.
Junior Brennon Keen put the Trojans on the scoreboard with 9:11 left in the ballgame on a 15-yard run. Lucas Karwal nailed the extra point kick to make it 20-7.
City High has held The Boot eight times since 2007 with the Trojans winning it, 44-0, in 2012 and 30-6, in 2014. The West High sophomores won the Battle of The Shoe, 40-0, to start the evening.
Jason Strunk led West High’s ground attack with 35 yards of rushing on eight carries, while Oliver Martin connected with quarterback Evan Flitz six times for 46 yards in the Trojans’ air war. Flitz completed 13 of 27 passes for 79 yards.
Max Brown led the Trojan defense with 10.5 total tackles (13 assists and four solo).
The Trojans travel to Cedar Rapids Prairie, in a bid to ruin the Hawks’ Homecoming, on Friday, Sept. 23, for the start of district play. Prairie wiped out Davenport Central, 49-7, on Thursday, Sept. 15, and is 3-1 overall.