Eric Lee knows how to use his head. Also his legs, arms and feet to find ways to stop tacklers and get into the endzone for Dowling Catholic.
Friday night against the Southeast Polk he used all of those.
It is just his head may have done more without intention.
Lee lined up from the right side of the defense against the Rams extra point attempt which would have tied the game at 24 in the 4th quarter. Lee dipped his shoulder, dodged around the end and blocked the kick. With his head.
Lee had also scored on a jet play to put the Maroons up earlier in the quarter. The senior would finish with 6 carries for 25 yards and 2 catches for 17 yards. He scored a TD both rushing and receiving.
Lee was given the ball 5 times on the jet play, mostly to the near side of the field, but it was the 6th time that ran wide that put him in the endzone and the Maroons up for good against a very good SE Polk team.
Running back Dalton Parrot was the workhouse for the Maroons, carrying the ball 27 times for 171 yards. The most times Parrott carried the ball prior to Friday was 11 in Week 0 against Valley. This was Parrott’s best game stats-wise this season.
The Rams had an extra week to prepare for Dowling and it showed. They were able to heal a concussion on feature running back Jake Sargent who still finished with 19 carries for 92 yards.
But it was the passing of sophomore QB Kyle Starcevich who looked anything like an underclassman. He was throwing the football to all corner and to all receivers. He’s got a tremendous upside to him. Kyle was 20-35 passing for 261 and 3 passing touchdowns. His main target was Cody McCoy who had a great game 7 catches for 111 yards. McCoy only had 96 yards receiving the entire season. Also getting catches and scores were Austin Pinegar and Zach Warren. It was Warren’s catch in the 4th quarter that pulled the Rams within one.
The defense of Southeast Polk was also different. For the first time in Tom Wilson‘s tenure at Dowling, he saw a different defense from SE Polk. The Rams started the game running the same old D for the two series, then made a switch.
The Maroons struggled to find consistency in the game as really Dalton Parrot had a break out game with 27 carries for 171 yards. He was the workhorse of the offense.
Connor Bravard was held in check Friday night with 10 carries for 75 cards and 9-12 passing for 78 yards. Take out the 30 yards on the fake punt and Bravard’s night was a lot more subdued. The biggest stat, and this may be a good thing, is that Bravard had his first pass of the season intercepted. Through 6 games Bravard is now 49-72 for 774 yards. That’s a great stat line for any quarterback.
The Dowling Defense was led by Jason McMurray with 12 tackles, six of them were solo tackles. They also held on the final drive of the game with Polk was driving, but the final play of the game was a hail mary pass to the 5 yard line where it was batted down and the ball fell to the turf.
The Maroons hit the road this week for a game at Ankeny. The Hawks are 5-1 and are coming off a close 14-12 win over Urbandale Friday night. We go on the air at 6p from Ankeny Stadium.