Big 2nd Half Lifts City High Past Kennedy 34-13
CEDAR RAPIDS They don't pass and don't punt. The Iowa City High Little Hawks don't lose, either.
"They're about as vanilla offensively as you can get," Cedar Rapids Kennedy Coach Tim Lewis said after his team became City High's 33rd consecutive regular-season victim, 34-13, last night at Kingston Stadium. "They don't have to do anything fancy."
Not when they've got a terrific offensive line, outside speed and a running back named Ronald Thompson. It was another big night for City High's big man, as he rushed for 238 yards and four second-half touchdowns.
Three of those came in a span of 3:30 in the third quarter as the Class 4A second-ranked Little Hawks (5-0) put away a game that was 6-0 at halftime.
"Our guys just fought off the ball like they usually do," said Thompson, who surpassed 1,000 yards (1,071) this season. "In the first half, we came out kind of sluggish, so the coaches told us we've got to get back to our game. That's what we did."
"After halftime, we picked it up," said City High fullback-defensive lineman Cortez Barfield, whose forced fumble during the third-quarter barrage was eventually converted offensively by Thompson. "We knew we should be doing better than we were doing. We're better than (being ahead) six points at half."
City High Coach Dan Sabers was asked if the difference in halves was about adjustments, execution or emotion.
"Sometimes it's hard to say," he said. "I'm sure if Coach Lewis was to interject, he'd say they didn't quite do some of the same things as they were. I think it was a combination of things ... We didn't sit there and say 'Hey, this is what we've got to do differently.' We still had to do what we do. The results were just different."
What City High does is run the football in mostly power formations, finishing with 355 yards on the ground. The Little Hawks threw it three times to increase their season total to 21. They only punted once (in reserve time), successfully converting fourth downs three times, once inside their own 20 late in the first half.
"If they would have come out and made some adjustments we couldn't (handle) because of our speed, that's one thing," said Lewis. "City High stood up to us right away in the second half, punched us in the mouth, and we cowered and backed down. That's really discouraging."
Kennedy's points came in the fourth quarter on long pass plays of 80 and 55 yards from Lizarraga to Josh Jahlas.
Here's the game boxscore:
IC City High 34, CR Kennedy 13
AT AT KINGSTON STADIUM
TEAM STATISTICS IC City High CR Kennedy
First downs 19 6
Rushes-yards 67 - 355 20 - 44
Passing yards 10 172
Comp-Att-Int 1 - 3 - 0 5 - 12 - 0
Total yards 365 216
Fumbles-lost 0 - 0 1 - 1
Punts-average 1 - 38.0 6 - 39.0
Penalties-yards 1 - 10 2 - 15
Rushing: IC City High – Ronald Thompson 29-238 , Amos Lavela 10-41 , Jasper Washington 10-33 , Cortez Barfield 4-20 , Isaiah Washpun 9-16 , John Law 3-6 , Tate Thompson 1-5 , Tyler Stika 1-0 CR Kennedy – Trevor Heitland 6-33 , Alex Hillyer 10-31 , Jimmy Lizarraga 4-0
Passing: IC City High – Tyler Stika 1-1-0-10 , Jasper Washington 0-2-0-0 CR Kennedy – Jimmy Lizarraga 5-12-0-172
Receiving: IC City High – Eric Kenney 1-10 CR Kennedy – Josh Jahlas 2-135 , Trevor Heitland 3-37
SCORE BY QUARTERS
IC City High 0 6 21 7 – 34
CR Kennedy 0 0 0 13 – 13
ICH-Drew Cornwell 33 FG
ICH-Cornwell 26 FG
ICH-Ronald Thompson 39 run (Cornwell kick)
ICH-Thompson 36 run (Cornwell kick)
ICH-Thompson 5 run (Cornwell kick)
ICH-Thompson 21 run (Cornwell kick)
CRK-Josh Jahlas 80 pass from Jimmy Lizarraga (pass failed)
CRK-Jahlas 55 pass from Lizarraga (Jordan Holzer kick)