Cedar Falls Tigers Survive Scare at Iowa City West
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The say the true mark of greatness is how one responds when their back is against the wall.
That's just where Cedar Falls was last night, trailing Iowa City West, 16-0, with 40 seconds left in the first half of a Mississippi Valley Conference prep football game.
After that, it was all Tigers. Cedar Falls stormed back with 34 unanswered points for a 34-16 win.
As the half wore down, Cedar Falls got the ball and moved 60 yards in five plays, capped by a 14-yard Jordan Doyle pass to Bobby Brummel with five seconds left, cutting the lead to 16-7.
That play changed the momentum of the game.
"They came out ready to play," Cedar Falls co-coach Brad Remmert said of West. "We were fortunate they got three field goals instead of touchdowns."
Remmert said the touchdown before halftime was a huge boost.
"We knew that we had the ball to start the second half," he said. "Our coaches made some big adjustments in our blocking schemes along the line."
In the third quarter, Cedar Falls got a 34-yard touchdown pass from Doyle to Andrew Stone and took the lead for good late in the third, on a defensive lineman Nick Borsay's 16-yard interception return.
"Borsay made a great play on the ball and it was a great score," Remmert said.
Barkley Hill led the Tigers with 147 yards on 27 rushes and Doyle completed 11 of 14 passes for 165 yards.
Tiger co-coach Pat Mitchell said his team needed a game like this before the playoffs.
"We needed to be tested by a good football with great athletes," he said. "That's the kind of football team Iowa City West is."