Ben Goaley made Friday night even hotter for the Des Moines East High Scarlets.
The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior football player scored 4 touchdowns in a 41-21 win. The heat index at kickoff was in the 90s at kick-off and stayed there for most of the night. The victory put the Maroons at 2-1 for the season while dropping the Scarlets to 0-2.
Goaley scored on rushes of 12, 10, 5 and 23 yards. He finished the night with 14 carries and 132 yards.”I give all the credit to the offensive line,” Goaley told Brian Morris on the KWKY post game show. He said the game isn’t really slowing down yet for him, but that he’s feeling more comfortable in the way he’s playing.
The Maroons forced three and outs on East for the first four series of the game. It wasn’t until the 5th series, which was in the 2nd quarter, the Scarlets even got a first down. Xavier James and Abu Sama connected on a 13 yard TD pass to make it 21-7 with 4:36 to play before half. That 10-play, 76 yard drive gave the East defense a chance to rest. They spent much of the first quarter on the field in a hot, muggy night at Williams Stadium.
Besides Goaley’s gallops, Matthew Haack scored on a 63 yard run, sprung by an Amara Darboh block. Darboh had one touchdown Friday on 6 catches for 79 yards for the Maroons. Darboh would score on his own 20 yard pass play in the 3rd quarter.
Take out the 76 yards from the East scoring drive, the Scarlets only had 15 yards of offense in the first half.
The Dowling second team played much of the 2nd half, with offense getting serious playing time against the East first-team defense. Coach Tom Wilson also played his second-team defense which did allow a TD pass from James to Davontae Buckner. James would scamper 28 yards for a score of his own in the 4th quarter.
East finished with 266 yards of total offense, 128 rushing, 138 passing.
Dan Hartlieb had a good night passing going 13-17 for 232. The Dowling Maroons would end the night with 260 yards rushing on 44 carries and 15-23 passing for 249 yards bringing the total to 509 of offense.
Haack was just shy of the century mark on his night going 2 for 98 yards. Brandon Ogden had 3 catches for 36 yards, but his most impressive part of the night was his blocking.
The heat wasn’t the reason in a couple of Dowling injuries, but the lopsided score didn’t force the hand of the coaching staff. Andrew Clemen and Matt Merfield could return this week.
Dowling will wear their road uniforms for the first time this season in the CIML Central conference opener at Urbandale. Game time is 730. Our pregame show begins at 6p on 1150 KWKY and KWKY.com.
You can guess one player we’ll know well by the end of the night is Allen Lazard.