King for a Day and Night

Ty Flood, 2010 DCHS Homecoming King.

Ty Flood is having a pretty good 2010 homecoming.

First he was named homecoming king by a vote of his peers, then he took care of that little business of the football game by rushing the ball twice.

For 3 yards.

Oh yeah, they were both touchdowns, too.

Flood scored the first two touchdowns on short yardage situations to send the Maroons on their way to a 42-3 thumping of #4 ranked Fort Dodge.

BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER Dowling Catholic's #46 Andrew Pick, center, breaks up field for a big gain after an early first half pass reception from quarterback #10 Connor Bravard, left on the ground.

The Dodgers were in the best 18-game stretch of the program’s history since 1949-1950, going 13-5. Thanks to Brian Morris for that fact he found in the Fort Dodge Messenger on Friday.

The Maroons took the opening drive 80 yards on a heavily pursuing Dodger defense using cutbacks and less-used Andrew Pick for offensive variety to set up the Flood TDs.

Fort Dodge was moving the ball at will against the stout Maroon defense until a delay of game penalty pushed the Dodgers back. Then another backwards play pushed the drive to 4th down where Coach Matt Miller‘s squad settled for a 40 yard Ty Littzen field goal to pull it to a 7-3 Maroon lead. There was also a play that went against Fort Dodge on that drive that got Coach Miller excited.

The Dowling offense got moving again and started driving.

Senior Quarterback Connor Bravard set the tone for the drive with a zig-zag run for 33 yards. But the first quarter would end 7-3, the closest margin all season for the Maroons who scored 42 points against Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. Flood would get another short yardage score to put the Maroons up 14-3. Both of those Dowling drives went 80 yards and chewed up a lot of clock.

BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER Dowling Catholic's #2 Eric Lee, center, breaks up field for a big gain after first half pass reception.
The Maroons have had short fields to work with for most of the season. They started a drive on the Dodger 24. A quick 15 yard pass to Jake Yacinich was followed by a Dalton Parrott 14 yard scamper. Parrott would finish with 14 carries and 71 yards.

Ben Boesen ran a great fade route, Bravard put it on his hands for a 19 yard touchdown pass for Boesen’s only catch of the night.

Just before half, it looked like Tom Wilson‘s team was content to take a 28-3 lead, but a personal foul penalty following a 32 yard pass to Parrott put the ball on the Fort Dodge 17. Amara Darboh would get his touchdown for the game on a 17 yard strike to send the Maroons into the locker room up 35-3.

Cake for the broadcast crew. Great treat enjoyed by all. Treats not limited to Mrs. Whipple anymore.

Bravard, whose father Bryan brought us cupcakes in the press box before the game, would score after another short field drive for the Maroons to get the 35-point rule in effect for the 4th time this season. Only the Valley game did those rules not apply so far this season.

Dan Hartlieb and the second team would get some quality snaps in the 3rd and 4th quarter but not find the end zone as the Maroons would gain a few more yards to finish the night with 330 total yards (33/183 rushing, 147 passing).

The offensive line again was again the star of the game. A great job as a unit picked up blitz after blitz to give all skill players the time to make key plays.

And don’t forget the defense who held Ft. Dodge to 73 total yards (25-66 rushing, 4-10 7 yards passing).

The 11 penalties of the Dodgers seemed to be a killer in many key parts of the game, taking them out situations where the game could have been much closer.

Next week the Maroons go back into CIML Central Conference play with another home game with Southeast Polk. The Rams had the week off and some of them attended Friday’s game at Valley Stadium. The Rams have wins over Lincoln, Roosevelt and Waukee with a 17-7 loss to Ankeny last week.

For the record, Ty’s older brother Kurt was the 2009 DCHS Homecoming King. That’s a family dynasty. Even if for a day or night.

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