IOWA CITY — Two costly turnovers for Iowa City High. Two clutch kicks for Ames.
Adam Rademacher hit a 20-yard field goal in overtime as the Little Cyclones stunned sixth-ranked City High in a 30-27 thriller Friday night in the battle for the Little Cy-Hawk Trophy at Bates Field.
The Little Hawks (2-1), who were off to their best start in five years, had a turnover on a mishandled snap on their first play in overtime.
City High drove into Ames territory at the end of regulation with a chance to win, but lost a fumble at the 10-yard line with 16 seconds left.
Ames (2-1) forced overtime after settling for a 21-yard field goal with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 27-27.
City High quarterback Nate Wieland rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns in this instant classic — including two fourth-quarter scores that gave the Little Hawks their first lead since the second quarter.
Wieland cut Ames’ lead to 24-20 with a 2-yard scoring run with 8 minutes left. The snap on the PAT was mishandled, which eventually allowed Ames a chance to tie the game with a late field goal.
A seesaw first half ended with a 9-yard touchdown catch from Ames’ Tyler Doyle with 33 seconds left to give the Little Cyclones a 17-14 lead at the break.
Ames started out quick, hitting a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter.
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The Little Cyclones followed that up with a meticulous 14-play, 75-yard drive — aided by a fourth-and-21 conversion — with a 1-yard touchdown dive from quarterback Joe Evans.
City High responded in a big way.
Wieland alluded several tacklers en route to a 51-yard touchdown run.
City High’s Zach Jones intercepted an Evans pass on Ames’ ensuing drive and criss-crossed down the field for a 57-yard return down to the 12-yard line. The Little Hawks got a 2-yard TD run from Bryce Frantz two players later for a 14-10 lead.
City High hosted its first ever Military Appreciation Night, which included more than 200 U.S. flags lined up around the track for the national anthem. The Little Hawks wore special uniforms with red, white and blue lettering with black camouflage.