Cedar Falls got its first true test of the season against Cedar Rapids Xavier.
In the end, the Tigers passed.
Cedar Falls used a 21 point third quarter to pull away and beat Xavier 27-7.
In a tight first half, it was the Tiger's defense making all the plays. The Tigers picked off Saints' quarterback Reggie Schulte four times in the first half, yet couldn't dent the scoreboard until the final two minutes of the half.
After converting a fourth down inside the Xavier ten, Barkley Hill stretched into the endzone from four yards out, and the Tigers took an ever-so-tenuous 6-0 lead into the half.
Once again, it was the Tigers' secondary that got them going in the second half. Shawn Hagarty intercepted Schulte on the first third quarter series and ran it back inside the ten yard line.
Hill turned the takeaway into points, sweeping right and crossing the goal line from two yards out, 13-0 Tigers. That's when the Cedar Falls offense began to look more what fans have become accustomed to.
On the next Tigers series, quarterback Ike Boettger went up top to the speedster James Harrington for a 62 yard touchdown strike.
After another strong defensive stand, Harrington returned a punt deep into Saints' territory. Fullback Ben Challgren capped off the drive with a 6 yard score to make it 27-0.