CLINTON — Iowa City High isn’t just a great defense.
Quarterback Nate Wieland threw for 357 yards and totaled four touchdowns to lead the sixth-ranked Little Hawks to a 49-28 win over Clinton Friday night in a Class 4A District 7 game at Coan Field.
Wieland nearly matched his season total in passing yards against the River Kings. The senior threw for 374 yards in City High’s first four games.
The Little Hawks (4-1, 1-0 4A-7) rolled up 549 yards and scored on their first six possessions in their district opener.
“This offense can be very dangerous, like we showed tonight,” Wieland said. “If we come out strong and this offense really has confidence and gets going, it can be very dangerous.”
Johnny Sullivan threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns for Clinton (3-2, 0-1). The River Kings entered the week as one of the state’s most productive offenses.
Wieland was locked in during the first half as City High’s offense looked as impressive as it has all season with touchdowns on its first four drives. The Northern Illinois commit completed 16 of 19 passes for 251 yards in the first half. He connected on 10 straight passes at one point.
“We showed some things tonight that we can do with the passing game that we just needed to fine tune and get it better,” Coach Dan Sabers said. “That’s a nice dimension that we needed to add to what we can do. We’re not going to be able to line up against everybody and just say, ‘Here we come.’ We have to be able to spread out.”
Wieland added 98 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Wieland started the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Zach Jones in the first quarter.
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City High’s Brock Hunger returned a blocked punt 17 yards on Clinton’s ensuing possession for a 13-0 lead. The Little Hawks built a 37-14 halftime advantage with Wieland’s TD runs of 1 and 19 yards.
Bryce Frantz added 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns.