Iowa City West's revenge tour continues against Cedar Rapids Prairie

Trojans win battle of unbeatens in district opener, 48-28

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IOWA CITY – Iowa City West suffered two regular-season losses last year.

The Trojans rebounded for seven straight victories and an appearance in the 2016 Class 4A state title game after consecutive losses to rival Iowa City High and Cedar Rapids Prairie.

They exacted a little revenge, tallying 100 points against those two teams the last two weeks.

Second-ranked Iowa City West defeated No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie, 48-28, in Class 4A District 8 action Friday night at Trojan Field.

Evan Flitz led the way, passing for four touchdowns and rushing for two more. Flitz had TD runs of 34 and 14 and hit Trumell Roberts for a 20-yard TD pass in the second half, helping the Trojans pull away from the Hawks (4-1, 0-1).

West (5-0, 1-0) didn’t waste time or good field position to put points up in the first half.

Trojans’ special teams set up the first scoring drive, returning a punt to Prairie’s 16. Flitz followed with two straight completions to Traevis Buchanan, who reeled in a 5-yard TD pass near the left pylon for a 7-0 lead with 6:43 to go in the first.

Flitz and Buchanan connected four times in the first half, including two scores. The second came with 6:59 left before the break. Buchanan caught a slant pass for a 17-yard TD, crossing the goal line with a defender draped over him and giving the Trojans a 21-14 lead.

The lead grew to 28-14 with 2:10 left in the second quarter when West demonstrated its quick strike capabilities that put Prairie in a hole most of the first half.

The Trojans needed just two plays and 12 seconds to cover 80 yards. After one of Flitz’ 10 first half completions, Roberts rumbled 68 yards for the score, keeping his balance down the sideline and pulling away from defenders.

West’s first-half TD drives were lightning quick, including scoring possessions of two, four, four and two plays.

Prairie didn’t crumbled and traded blows with the Trojans in the first half. After falling behind 7-0, Keegan Simmons bolted for a 50-yard TD run on a 4th-and-2 from midfield, tying the score with 3:33 left in the opening quarter.

Prairie’s Gavin Ozmun contributed to the scoring, intercepting Evan Flitz twice in the first half. Both picks led to points. Ozmun returned the first interception for an 8-yard TD, tying the game at 14 apiece.

Ozmun stepped in front of a screen pass in the final two minutes of the first half, giving the Hawks the ball at midfield. Five plays later Dalton Rayner hit Braxton Zimmerman for a 10-yard score. The PAT failed, making it 28-20 in favor of West at halftime.

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