“Home” Domination

BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER Dowling Catholic's #16 Jason McMurray, center, fired up his team following the game's opening coin flip.

The 2010 home opener for the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Maroons was the same type of performances as the warm up road shows.

Another game, another continuous clock in the second half, another lopsided win, 52-0 at Waukee Stadium in the Maroon’s 2010 home opener.

This time the Urbandale J-Hawks were on the other side of the scoreboard. Just like against Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, the J-Hawks didn’t find the end zone against the top rated Maroon football team. But the Valley Tigers and East Scarlets only put seven points on the board in their games with Dowling Catholic.

Urbandale came into this one down their top player, Travis Perry, who broke a foot a week before against Fort Dodge.

BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER After faking the hand-off, Dowling Catholic quarterback #10 Connor Bravard bootlegged the ball as he would score Dowling's fifth touchdown with 2 seconds left in the first half to make the score 38 - 0 in football game against Urbandale at Waukee High School Stadium on Friday night, Sept. 10th.

The Dowling defense did their part to start the game going three and out. But the offense didn’t need more than 3 plays, scoring on a 36 yard touchdown pass from birthday boy Connor Bravard to Eric Lee.

Mac Chapman would get a chance for a long field goal and he would be true from 48 yards out to put the Maroons up 10-0 with 3:05 play in the first quarter.

Dalton Parrott would then get his first of three touchdowns to close out the quarter. Parrott would score from 36, 6 and 1 yards out Friday night for a total of 66 yards on 10 carries.

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BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER After the pass reception, Dowling Catholic's #15 Amara Darboh, center, sprinted for about a 22 yard gain and first down that would set up Dowling's fourth touchdown in the first half.

But it was the second quarter that provided the most excitement of the night. The Maroons would start a drive on their own 27 and score on a 73 yard touchdown pass to Amara Darboh, but it would be called back because of a penalty. The Maroons would be forced into a 3rd and 22 and would convert on a pass to Darboh for 22 yards. Jake Yacinich would get a huge 38 yard pass play, then another touchdown would be called back before back to back sacks by the Urbandale defense.

Again, the Maroons would call on Darboh to save the drive with a 29 yard catch to the J-Hawk 1. Darboh would be the game’s leading receiver with 5 catches for 123 yards and touchdown.

BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER On a punt return in the closing seconds of the first half, Dowling Catholic's #6 Jacob Stacy, left, eluded Urbandale's #40 Tyler Schmitt, right, as Stacy would return the ball to the 1 yard line and set up Dowling's fifth touchdown with 2 seconds left in the first half to make the score 38 - 0.

The Maroons would put a late touchdown before half after Jacob Stacy returned a punt to the J-Hawk 1 to put the continuous clock into effect 38-0.

The highlight of the second half was again Darboh with a pretty 58 yard touchdown pass from Connor Bravard.

Ben Goaley found the endzone to cap the scoring for the Tom Wilson-led Maroons, 52-0. Goaley would finish with 56 yards and 8 carries.

The Maroon offense rolled again, this time to 384 yards (219 air, 165 ground) while giving up 166 yards (73 pass, 93 ground). The defense has only given up 14 points all season and those points have yet to come against the first team.

Again, another great performance by the offensive and defensive lines. TJ Palme, Mitchell Woods, Dan Mahoney, Even Barkley and Jacob Hagedorn are the O-line while Evan Barkley, Josip Juric, Tyler Harmeyer and Patrick Greenfield are the D-line guys.

It is homecoming week for Dowling Catholic as the #4 ranked Fort Dodge Dodgers come to Valley Stadium. Pregame at 6, kickoff at 730. Should be a great game.

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