In 2013, the Ankeny Community School District split into two, creating a new school, and forging a new rivalry. Friends were turned into foes, as teammates who had been playing together since they were young kids split into the Ankeny Hawks and the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars. Even though the teams share a football stadium that holds more than 7,000 fans, the rivalry is intense and so are the games. Ankeny Centennial has had the upper hand in the rivalry holding a 7-2 series lead; however, just two years ago, Ankeny won in dominate fashion, 42-0. The 10th rendition of the rivalry will be a good one as Ankeny hopes to continue their recent success, winning the state championship for the first time since 2012, and being the state runner up, over the past two seasons, respectfully. In the same light, Centennial looks to continue the head-to-head success they have had over their bitter rivals.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Hawks scored a field goal with 10 minutes left in the first half putting 3 points on the scoreboard. However, Centennial wasn’t going into the locker room unmatched, so they reciprocated with a FG to tie the game 3-3. After halftime, both teams showed out and put a touchdown on the board, bringing the game to 10-10 at the half. In the end, the Ankeny Hawks pulled out with the victory, 17-10 with a well deserved home field win.