Last Friday September 9th, the future was written for Cyclones to defeat the Hawks. In this game it was the Little Cyclones from Ames High that held on to a thrilling victory in double overtime over the Ankeny Hawks 31-30.
Austen Arnaud performed well in a
playoff atmosphere game at Ankeny High
School giving a glimpse of what's to
come for fans of the Iowa State Cyclones. I had the privilege to see an
outstanding comeback by the Ames Little Cyclones who looked like they were out
of the game after three quarters against a very good ground game from the Ankeny
In double overtime it was the arm
of Arnaud who propelled Ames in scoring on their first play
with a 10-yd strike to his tight end Ben Cotton. With the extra point good,
Ames led 31-24. Not to give up,
Ankeny scored on its second play with QB
Aaron Jarosh's two yard keeper to pull within one.
Ames was called for offsides on the
extra point which moved the ball to the ½ yard mark and head coach Jerry
Pezzetti decided to go for two to win and Jarosh was stuffed for the Little
Austen Arnaud scored on
Ames's first possession of the game
with a beautiful end around from fourteen yards out going in untouched. He also
added a four yard plunge up the middle pulling Ames even with a little over two
minutes left in the contest. Arnaud was under a lot of pressure during the game
and was sacked four times under great defensive line play by the Hawks in the
first half and third quarter. But when the game was on the line, he played with
poise and showed confidence driving for the tying score. He would finish the
game rushing for 55 yards on 10 carries and passing for 124 yards hitting
12-out-of-24 with one interception. Arnaud did pass the ball better than the
stats showed as there were four or five dropped balls.
Ames's running back is Nathan Greving
who also was impressive running very hard and showing good hands as he is used
as a weapon on swing passes out of the backfield. He finished rushing for 67
yards on fifteen carries and catching six passes for 68 yards. Austen showed he
has a great touch of the ball when delivering passes to his running back. Also
impressive was his ability to take on tacklers as there were many times he was
hit hard but knocked over the tackler on his way to gain more yards. When Arnaud
gets into the secondary, it will take a couple defensive backs to bring him
Ankeny also had an
Iowa State recruit in offensive lineman Matt Hulbert. He truly stands out amongst the high school football players as he is a
legit 6-foot-7 and weighing close to 300l pounds.
Ankeny's offensive used a lot of miss
direction plays and didn't run the ball as much as I thought they would to
Matt's side. Ankeny only threw the ball six times so
hard to tell what his pass blocking skills are at left tackle but he is very
hard to get around being so big. Time will tell if he could be someone who could
step in right away like Aaron Brant but he has the height to play that position.
I had the opportunity to check out
a couple other players from Cedar
Rapids last Thursday night when Kennedy
played Prairie. CR Kennedy's linebacker/fullback Luke Dolan was very impressive
with his play from both sides of the ball. He seems to fit right in at the
fullback spot and is built very solid. He is listed at 6-foot 200 pounds and had
rushed for over 60 yards in the game. He was used mostly at linebacker and
showed his quickness in not only getting into the backfield but also being able
to cover running backs out of the backfield for passing plays. Watch out for
speedy running back Cordale Baker who is lightning fast but only 5-foot-8 150
For Cedar Rapids Prairie I was
impressed with Jamie Klith, brother of TJ who had at one time been a part of the
Cyclones team. Jamie showed great stamina and toughness as he plays both sides
of the ball but is a very tough running back with good size at 6-foo 180 pounds.
He is also Prairie's punter and had let go of 6 punts for a 43.3 yard average
that night. That is very good for high school especially when he was getting
pounded running the ball and how he can step back and let one go.
Prairie also had an impressive
wide out, Colin Deitrick who at 6-foot-3 made a fantastic catch for the first
touchdown of the game, a 32 yard catch at the back of the end zone getting his
feet down while making the catch over his shoulder. He also played safety but
looks much better at wide out. He caught a touchdown pass in the overtime for
Prairie making both scores in their 14-13 loss to Kennedy. For those in
Rapids, keep your eyes and ears out for
these players as they could be offered scholarships late or use the great
walk-on program at Iowa State.
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