IOWA CITY (KWWL)- It was supposed to be City High's night.
The Kennedy Cougars almost crashed the Little Hawks party, but in the end City High avoided a huge upset at Bates Field holding on to win 22-14.
The Little Hawks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. A.J. Derby, who verbally committed to Iowa earlier in the day, found Alex Evans on a 17 yard touchdown pass on City High's first series, putting his team up 7-0.
Minutes later, James Taylor tackled Kennedy running back Joshua Simmons in the end zone for a safety, and the Little Hawks looked ready to start celebrating Homecoming weekend early, up 9-0.
But the Cougars would battle back.
Kennedy forced Derby into three first half interceptions, and they were within striking distance at the half 9-0.
It was City High's fourth turnover that got the Cougars back in the game.
With City High driving, Nick Reuter fumbled the ball in Cougar territory. Quarterback Jed Haycraft made sure his team took advantage, capping off a long drive with a 5 yard keeper, cutting the City High lead to 9-6.
With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, the Little Hawks showed why they're number one in the state.
Clinging to a 3 point lead, City High stopped Kennedy on fourth and short in the fourth quarter. They were then able to salt the game away, finishing the ensuing drive with an A.J. Derby one yard keeper.
With the win, the Little Hawks improve to 6-0.
Online Reporter: Jason Epner