IOWA CITY — For the past five years the Iowa City fall classic known as the “Battle for the Boot” has gone to the home team.
City and West face off at 7:15 p.m. Friday at West High.
After losing to Ames in overtime last week, the Little Hawks are 2-1 and fell to a No. 10 ranking in Class 4A. The Trojans, coming off a home win last week against Cedar Falls, are 3-0 and No. 5 in The Gazette poll. City High head coach Dan Sabers believes the loss was a learning experience for his team.
“We just had too many mistakes the other night, and we now realize that we know our team better as coaches,” Sabers said. “We’re trying to work better with the talents we have, and I think you’ll see that we do a better job of that (Friday) night.”
Sabers believes his team is up for the task of playing on the road. The Little Hawks begin a string of three straight road games.
“It’s obviously going to be tough,” Sabers said of playing West. “I think after last week our guys got a bit of a dose of humility, which was good and they know it’s going to be a tough ballgame.”
Senior linebacker Brock Hunger believes the Little Hawks struggled with tackling defensively, but also they can beat West if they practice the fundamentals and limit turnovers and penalties.
“The way we beat West is to beat them with the basics and to just execute,” Hunger said. “It was absolutely ridiculous (the number of mistakes we made last week). If we take those away, we’re a pretty good team.”