IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- It was supposed to be the marquee matchup of week four, and it did not disappoint.
Freshman Drew Cornwell knocked home a 26 yard field goal with 1.8 seconds left, and (3) City High stayed unbeaten knocking off (5) Xavier 26-24 at Bates Field in a see-saw affair.
The only touchdown in the first half came from the Little Hawks Adam Prybil, who scored on a one yard run. City High took a 9-3 into the halftime break, in what was a defensive-dominated 24 minutes.
Both offenses raised the bar in the second half.
The Saints grabbed the momentum in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Andy Didio went up top 16 yards to Ryan Mains who made a spectacular diving catch in the back of the endzone to put Xavier up 10-9.
On Xavier's next series Didio found Nathan Even over the middle for a 15 yard score, and the Saints had scored 14 straight to take a 17-9 lead.
City High had an answer. And it started with the guys up front.
The Little Hawks closed the third quarter with a Ronald Thompson 2 yard TD run. Thompson also converted the two point conversion to tie the game at 17-17.
In the fourth quarter, the Little Hawks would get the ball right back after Jeremy Johnson made a leaping interception on a Didio pass. City High drove the ball down the field and gave it back to Thompson, who again scored on a short run. Cornwell, however, would miss his second extra point, and the Little Hawks led 23-17.
Xavier would save its most impressive drive for the closing minutes.
Eating up more than half of the fourth quarter, the Saints drove the ball all the way down to the City High 2 yard line. On fourth and two, Didio bounced the ball outside on a keeper, and crossed the goalline. The extra point was good, and the Saints appeared like they were going to steal one from City High up 24-23 with 1:03 left.
But it was just enough time for senior quarterback Andrew McNulty to engineer a comeback.
McNulty drove the Little Hawks 71 yards, coming up with several key completions, including a 15 yard strike to Connor Alberhasky inside the 10.
McNulty spiked the ball with four seconds left, and set the stage for the freshman Cornwell. Cornwell split the uprights, and City High stayed unbeaten. Xavier falls to 3-1 on the season.
Online Reporter: Jason Epner