Turnovers you can take to the bank

STEVE GIBBONS/SPECIAL FOR THE REGISTER Dowling's Luke LeWarne recovers a fumbled kickoff during Friday's game at Ankeny.

The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 2010 football team keeps on making teams pay for turnovers. That’s just what good teams are supposed to do.

Friday night the Maroons cashed in Ankeny Hawk turnovers for big-time pay. Two times the Maroons forced a fumble on a kickoff that resulted in a Dowling touchdown. Plus the Maroons scored a TD following an interception en route to a 42-0 win at Ankeny.

The Hawks could not find any offense. The Dowling defense deserves a lot of credit, but the Hawks just didn’t seem to click any level. They misfired on passing and rushing worked on a few plays, but was abandoned. Coach Jerry Pezzetti told me before the game that they’ve scored fewer points when they’ve tried to pass the football, a statement in a nod to pressure to throw the football more because of good athletes at key positions.

Sophomore quarterback Joel Lanning was frustrated the entire night. He made one long pass to top receiver Greg Raney, but that was the Hawks’ biggest play of the game. Lanning was held to 75 yards passing and 30 yards rushing.

STEVE GIBBONS/SPECIAL FOR THE REGISTER Dowling quarterback Connor Bravard throws a pass toward receiver Amara Darboh during Friday's game at Ankeny.

The Connor Bravard Show was back on the main stage running in full slash and dash style, with 9 of 32 rushing and 2 TDs plus 17 of  22 passing for 195 yards and 1 TD through the air. He was contained last week against SE Polk, but was back to his old ways. Which has been a big reason for the Maroon’s success. That and nearly every other part of the team is excelling. That just makes it that much more fun.

STEVE GIBBONS/SPECIAL FOR THE REGISTER Dowling receiver Amara Darboh hauls in a 50-yard pass from quarterback Connor Bravard during Friday's game at Ankeny.

One of the most exciting offensive plays of the night was a deep pattern pass to Amara Darboh. The junior receiver had one long pass slip through his hands, but he caught a pass worth 50-yards in the 2nd quarter. Darboh finished with 4 catches and 80 yards. He really was a big part of the offense Friday night. So was Eric Lee who had 7 catches and 65 yards. Ben Boesen was more of an offensive player again this week as he had the ball thrown to him on a couple of screens. Boesen grabbed 4 catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Dalton Parrott made one of his longest runs on the season (36 yards) to get a score in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 11 carries for 91 yards and a score.

Ty Flood did great short yardage duty again for a score and a couple of other great pack runs where he just kept the feet moving. Ben Goaley, Steven Licktieg, Alex Heckman and Jake Yacinich also got a chance to run the ball in the second half during the continuous clock.

The Maroons tallied 162 yards rushing on 36 carries with 195 yards passing.

Special teams also made noise with a blocked FG.

The Maroons are now 7-0 and have won 19 straight regular season games. The Hawks fall to 5-2 with both losses coming in the conference. A good measurement game will be their regular season finale at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.

STEVE GIBBONS/SPECIAL FOR THE REGISTER The Dowling fans pack the visitors' bleachers for Friday's football game at Ankeny.

It was just one of those nights were everything weird was happening, including behind the scenes. Traditionally, there’s only one press box and it is on the home side of the stadium. But at Ankeny Stadium, visiting radio is sent to the visiting side and also is next to the visiting coaches in a tiny, dark, hard-to-get-to box. Getting to the box, you have to crawl over 20 people, and I do mean crawl over. Our broadcast sounded like we were in the middle of a QuikTrip dumpster while being driven by a flat-bed diesel fired truck without mufflers. That’s putting it nicely. It would have been better if we were surrounded by the Ankeny Marching Band, at least then we would have had good tone. We were broadcasting off the cell phone and something just doesn’t seem to be working correctly. There is a phone line, but that was not live Friday night. I spent the second half holding my cell phone and just talking into it. Good thing we had a continuous clock, otherwise Dave was getting a little tired of the situation.

Next week we have a phone line at Johnston, so hopefully you can hear us. We’re on the air at 6p on AM1150 KWKY.


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