A Tale of 2 Halves

Lisa Fernandez/The Register Dowling quarterback Connor Bravard breaks free from a tackle to score a touchdown during the Johnston/Dowling football game at Johnston High School Friday October 8, 2010.

The Dowling Catholic football team hasn’t needed 4 quarters this season to roll to a 8-0 start. Usually it is just a half or even quarter is all it takes.

Friday against Johnston, it was the 2nd half that left the impression.

The Maroons led 14-0 at the break.

But that’s why you play 2 halves to make a whole game.

The Maroons scored 28 points to roll to a 42-0 win, their 4th shutout of the season. It also is the second time in a row the Maroons have hung 42 on a CIML Central opponent. Last week Ankeny was the victim.

Dowling Catholic Head Coach Tom Wilson said after the game his half-time speech was only about finishing the deal. The Maroons had long drives in the first half, but it was a long 3rd down play that saw QB Connor Bravard turn a pass play into an 84 yard touchdown jaunt down the home sideline. That was the longest play from scrimmage this season and it may have been their longest drive of the 2010 campaign. Many, many times this season the Maroons have had a short field to work with.

Bravard would finish with 212 yards rushing, the majority on two plays, one for 84 and the other for 48 yards to start the second half onslaught against the Dragons. Bravard would also put up 120 yards passing to top 1000 for the season.

As a team, Dowling was getting yards in the first half, 257 total, so you knew something was working for the offense. The final output would be 447 yards, the season’s highest total by 2 yards, besting the effort at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson in week 1.

Lisa Fernandez/The Register Dowling #2 Eric Lee catches a pass in the first half during the Johnston/Dowling football game at Johnston High School Friday October 8, 2010.

Again the defense came to play. Not counting the last series of the game with many reserves playing, the Johnston offense never got past the Dowling 43 yard line. Eric Lee would make an interception to stop the Johnston opening drive that featured a 33 yard pass to Cameron Biondi. Johnston’s big-play running back Nathan DePenning was held entirely in check. He would only rush for 42 yards on 10 carries in the first half and actually carry the ball 3 times in the second half and lose 2 yards to drop to 13 carries for 40 yards.

Lee also returned a punt 69 yards to the house following a series of great blocks. Tommy Miller and Tommy Munro led the defense in tackles with 6 apiece.

Dalton Parrott rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries, topping the century mark for the third straight week. Amara Darboh caught 4 passes for 45 yards during Friday’s game, including one acrobatic catch, showing off his vertical leaping abilities.

The Maroons improve to 8-0 while the Dragons drop to 4-3.

Our pregame from Waukee for the home finale with Indianola begins at 6p on AM 1150 KWKY in Des Moines.


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