Prep Football: City High Blanks Jefferson

By Mike Condon, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Layne Sullivan tries to tackle Mitch Wieland of Iowa City Iowa City High during the first half at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids on Friday, September 14, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa City High wasn’t about to let Cedar Rapids Jefferson build on its success of last week.

The J-Hawks ended a 24-game losing streak with a 12-7 win in Week 3 at Dubuque Hempstead, but they weren’t able to put up much resistance against the Little Hawks and punishing tailback Amos Lavela. City High moved to 3-1 overall (2-0 Mississippi Division) with a convincing 38-0 win last night at Kingston Stadium.

Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) was able to slow Lavela at times, but when the 5-foot-8, 202-pound senior needed a big run to keep drives alive, he was able to break away from J-Hawk defenders. He broke three tackles en route to a 57-yard score early in the first quarter.

His 3-yard run midway through the second quarter capped a City High drive that was over seven minutes in duration. The Little Hawks converted twice on fourth-and-short situations to keep the drive going.

Lavela capped his sterling first half with a punishing 21-yard run with about a minute remaining in the half. He carried 15 times for 144 yards before the break and didn’t carry the ball in the second half.

“Amos is such a hard worker,” said City High Coach Dan Sabers. “He’s a tough kid, a true-blue football player.”

With Lavela on the bench in the second half, junior Xavier Washpun carried the load, scoring TDs on runs of 5 and 8 yards.

Jefferson Coach Brian Webb had a simple explanation for the J-Hawks’ struggles.

“We got whupped,” he said.

“We got whupped in every phase of the game, special teams, offense we couldn’t catch and defense we couldn’t tackle.”

The first-year J-Hawk coach said there are no secret formulas for the program to continue to turn the corner.

“When I came in here and took the job I told them it didn’t matter what we did as coaches, it comes down to blocking and tackling,” Webb said. “If we can’t block and we can’t tackle there is no scheme I can put up on the white board to make us successful.”

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