The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 2010 football teams says they had nothing to prove in a rematch of last year’s semi-final loss to Marshalltown. As Coach Tom Wilson said in the pregame show, a win against the Bobcats doesn’t help Tommy Gaul, Spencer Navin or Grant Riesburg.
But a 56-14 win helps keep you warm.
Still, a little sweet revenge helped fight the bitter cold night at Williams Stadium. The wind was gusting around 40 miles per hour with a consistent speed of 25 MPH +, a perfect night for the first round of playoff football, right?
Or a perfect time for a distraction off the end goal.
Maybe that’s what threw off the Dowling defense. The 16th seeded Bobcats took the opening drive of the game 79 yards in for a 8 yard TD run by QB Austin Hauser. Everything Marshalltown worked, the pass, the run and misdirection. Darius Zeigler was a player on a mission with 62 yards of the drive. He would just gain 13 more yards the entire game.
But it didn’t take long for top-ranked and #1 seed Dowling Catholic to respond. 12 seconds actually. Connor Bravard would fake to Dalton Parrott and look to the far side of the field to find Amara Darboh who pulled the pass off the turf and scamper 69 yards for the score. It was Darboh’s longest catch of the season. He would finish with 3 catches for 106 yards.
The defense of the entire season that only allowed 46 points all season, threw a 3 and out and the Maroons were back to their old ways, scoring on their first 8 drives of the game.
Dalton Parrott would cap the next drive with a run of 2 yards for the score. He would run in from 47 (screen pass), 27 and 28 yards to finish with 14 carries and 114 yards plus 2 catches for 44 yards.
Jacob Stacy would score on the jet play that’s been successful for Eric Lee this season and Drew Zaun of last season. Stacy scored from 30 yards.
The Maroon machine would finish with 504 yards of total offense (300 rushing, 204 passing) and only give up 204 yards (82 passing and 122 rushing).
That was the first time the Maroons trailed all season. Through 36 quarters of football, the Maroons lead or were tied, but never trailed until the 37th quarter of the 2010 campaign.
Wednesday marked the 4th time this year the Maroons topped 50 points. The smallest point output came against Southeast Polk when the Maroons put up 24. That game also was the highest point total by an opponent, when the Rams scored 23.
The Bobcats finish the 2010 season with 7 straight losses with their last win coming on September 3rd for a final record of 3-7.
To read the Marshalltown Times-Republican version of the game, click here.
I did ask Coach Dave Holdiman about the injury to WR Alex Thompson. Holdiman said Thompson was taken to the hospital as a precaution after taking a shot to the mid-section in the 3rd quarter.
The Maroons will host the second round game against West Des Moines Valley at Williams Stadium on Monday night. The KWKY broadcast begins at 6p with our pre-game show. Kickoff is at 7p. The Maroons won the first match up this season back in Week Zero. Dowling beat Valley 34-7 on August 20th.
The Tigers beat Des Moines Lincoln 27-21 behind the legs of Martin Looney. Valley will bring a 7-3 record for the shortened week rematch.