Dowling Catholic got punched in the mouth, but got right back up to deliver the knockout blow in a 54-7 win over East High of Des Moines Friday night in the week 2 match up for the Tom Wilson team.
Again, it was the Connor Bravard Show leading the top-ranked team in Class 4A, finishing with 5 touchdowns, 3 on the ground and 2 through the air. One of the two passing was one of the prettiest plays of the year on a 57-yard strike to Eric Lee to start the second half.
The Maroons rolled in the first quarter, scoring on all four of their possessions. The opening drive for Dowling Catholic was a “long” 7-play drive capped by Bravard’s 1 yard run. When I say “long,” the Maroons have been a quick strike team this season, not having many long, sustained drives. They usually break a big play for a score on the 3rd or 4th play.
Dowling would score on a Bravard to Eric Lee 18-yard pass, a Dalton Parrott 18-yard run and again a Bravard 1-yard run to cap a 28 1st quarter performance.
Then the special teams got after it. Luke LeWarne would block a Matt Grover punt and Amara Darboh picked up the loose ball and run 10-yards into the endzone to open a 35 point lead for DCHS.
The East offense, continued to struggle. The Scarlets found success through the air only, as senior WR Matt Grover was the big target for QB Xavier James, the sophomore getting his first varsity start. But the Scarlets would score for the first time this season on a James to Grover 15-yard pass. The TD was set up on a 37-yard, incredible catch by Grover 2 plays earlier against the second unit of Dowling Catholic.
Just before half, the Maroons looked to open up the 35 point lead again on a great scramble by Bravard to find Darboh in the endzone for a 10-yard pass to make is 42-7 at the break.
Ben Goaley would get his first varsity touchdown to cap a Dan Hartlieb-led drive to close out the scoring for a 56-7 Dowling Catholic win.
Our analyst Dave Marcoulier said he was very impressed by the play of Tyler Harmeyer and Josip Juric. Who will be the hero next week in the Maroon’s home opener with Urbandale at Waukee? You can read up on Urbandale’s loss to Fort Dodge here. Following the game with the J-Hawks will be the Dodgers.
Pre-game begins at 6p on KWKY AM1150 and online at http://www.KWKY.com.
A big thanks to engineer Tim Burrow for finding the Jerry Reed song, “East-bound and Down,” for use as bump music in the 4th quarter. That made my night. Thanks for chasing it down. Now we can go back to watching Smokey and the Bandit or that Scooby Doo episode.