42 in the 1st (DCHS 69 CBTJ 0)

Dowling's 2nd and 3rd string played most of the night against TJ.

I’ve been to a few football games in my day, but none like Friday’s game at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. The Dowling Catholic Maroons rolled to an impressive 69-0 win over the Yellow Jackets.

The road trip was an adventure for Coach Tom Wilson‘s team, who took a detour to get to the stadium just 40 minutes before kickoff. But those players stepped off the bus and established things quickly.

Thomas Jefferson’s Dominic Wilson gets taken down by West Des Moines Dowling’s Matt Merfeld, left, and Max Pyle as he runs the ball during Friday night’s game at C.B. Stadium. The Maroons, rated No. 1 in Class 4-A, defeated the Yellow Jackets 69-0. (Image by Daily Nonpareil's/Cindy Christensen)

TJ got the ball first and on their first play passed it for 6 yards. That was almost the highlight of the night. The next play TJ fumbled. The Maroons took over on the TJ 25. Two plays later Dalton Parrott was in the end zone for his first of 3 touchdowns.

Two 3 and outs for CBTJ and two times Dowling Catholic’s Jacob Stacy returned the punt for a touchdown. The first one from 46, the other from 47 yards away.

Two offensive plays, 21 yards.

Then it got ugly.

Dowling put 42 points on the board in the 1st quarter to roll to a 69-0 win.

Connor Bravard scored three times, one on a run then two passes for TDs.

Dan Hartlieb, son of former Iowa quarterback Chuck got his first varsity touchdown. So did Alex Heckman, who was the game’s leading rusher with 90 yards. Alex is not the 2-deep roster and is likely the 4th or 5th back for the Maroons on game nights. He’s in the mix with guys like Parrott, Stacy, Nick Navin, Steven Licktieg, Andrew Pick, Ben Goaley who all saw action Friday night.

Dowling rolled to 445 total yards offense to TJ’s 92. BTW, it would have been 70-0, but there was a missed extra point in the game.

Dave enjoys a blizzard. Maybe Bev's cookies this week?

Noah did get to listen to the game a bit and heard my one comment about my messy boys. I was referring to Dave and Brian,  not Noah and Levi as I normally do. Thanks to Council Bluffs native Andrew Batt for the recommendation of the Pizza King for supper. We ate with the blue hairs and had a great time in CB.

Thank goodness we had a nice night because were outside in the open air, second press box. If it did start to rain, we would have been covered a bit, but not too much. It also was a bit loud under the speakers. It felt like a rock concert for a bit.

We did have some wireless microphone issues, sorry about that. We are trying to work those out ahead of Friday’s game at Des Moines East. We go on the air at 530p for the 7p kickoff. That is a different time than normal. You can also listen online at http://www.kwky.com wherever you may be in the world.


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