The saying goes, what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.
Coach Tom Wilson of the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Maroons hopes that is the case following a 23-20 come from behind win in overtime over rival West Des Moines Valley in the 61st meeting between these two teams. This was only the second time these two teams played at Williams Stadium, the first back in 1979. It was also the first OT game between these two since 1998 when Dowling won that one as well, 10-7.
The Maroons struck first on a great defensive play as Tommy Miller ripped the ball out from Martin Looney’s hands and before it hit the ground Eric Lee ran 20 yards into the end zone for a touchdown and at a blink of an eye Dowling led 7-0.
Valley would score on their next two possessions, first a 13 yard TD pass to Brody Baumann and a 47 yard FB by Kevin Sheldon. Both were long, sustained drives. The Tigers would run 64 plays, 52 rushes and just 12 passes Monday night. The Maroons ran the ball 23 times for 72 yards and passed it 24 times with 14 completions and 213 yards for a 275 yards of total offense. The Tigers finished with 266 yards of offense. QB Jeff Pullen would run the ball 11 times for 19 yards to finish the season with 1 yard rushing for the season.
But Martin Looney was the workhorse of the Valley team. He ran the ball 35 times for 200 yards to end his career with over 1500 yards this season.
The Maroons trailed most of the game, as much as 10 points, before mounting a comeback for the ages.
The Tigers took a 10 point lead with 2:46 to play in the 2nd quarter on a Jeff Pullen QB sneak to cap a 12 play, 75 yard drive following a missed FG. The Maroons would go into half trailing by 10 and wouldn’t score again until a screen pass TD reception by Dalton Parrott with :32 left in the 3rd quarter.
Then Mac Chapman would get another chance to kick a field goal with 9:30 to play in the game. His kick was good from 39 yards and we were tied at 17.
Valley would mount an incredible 16 play drive that started at their own 4 after a muffed kick off return. Pullen would somehow keep the play alive as he was nearly sacked in the end zone. But the Tigers would convert on 3rd and 8, 3rd and 3, 3rd and 2 but would not convert on 3rd and 7 which set up a 45 field goal attempt by Sheldon. The Maroons would make take the ball to the 15 as time expired in regulation on a huge heave downfield caught by Boesen but the play would end and we went to overtime.
Each team gets 4 tries from the 10. Valley would have a pass play on 3rd down fall incomplete and then Dowling went to work running the football.
Dalton Parrott who had 2 carries for -4 yards in the first half got three straight calls in OT. He would finish with 11 carries and 25 yards, the last two scoring the winning touchdown, 23-20.
Here’s the call from Paul Yeager and Dave Marcoulier. This is where the title of the post comes from. It may be more Wahoo, than Yahoo, but still, Dave is excited, as well he should be following this play.
This was a great game that both teams will remember for a long time.
Valley finishes at 7-4 with two of those losses coming to Dowling this year. That makes three straight the Maroons have won. The last time one of these two teams beat the other twice in the same season, was 2008. That year Valley would go on to win the state championship.
This will be another short week as the quarterfinal game will be back at Williams Stadium on Friday night. Kick off is at 7p with our KWKY pregame show with Wahoo Marcoulier, Brian Morris and myself beginning at 6p on AM1150. This will be the last game we can stream on KWKY.com this season as any games in the Dome come from the IAHSAA.
Ames is a very good football team with a 9-2 mark. They beat Sioux City East Monday night 24-14.
Not a bad way to start November with a win in the playoffs.