Injury causes strategy adjustment in 27-9 Maroon loss

Dowling Catholic star wide receiver Amara Darboh sits on the bench after leaving the game with a shoulder injury Friday night at Southeast Polk. (Christopher Gannon, Des Moines Register.)

West Des Moines Dowling Catholic football coach Tom Wilson heard chirps of “you’re not involving Amara Darboh enough in the offense,” or “Darboh is too much of your offense.”

Those birds found out what 2011 Maroon football looks like without one of the best football recruits in the state of Iowa who posses offers from the likes of Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Darboh was hurt on Dowling’s first touch of the football Friday night at Southeast Polk. The Rams scored first on a quick, 79-yard TD pass from Kyle Starcevich to Tyler Donels. It was a footrace the Rams would win and the game, 27-9.

The kickoff was taken by Darboh to the Dowling 49, but during the tackle, his shoulder would pop out and his night was done.

The Maroons would finish the drive with a 2-yard TD by Ben Goaley. He would finish with a 26-109 night.

After that, the Rams started to put more defenders in the box and running the ball for Maroons was a lot harder of a task. The threat of Da

Southeast Polk's Jordan Beem (5) runs against Dowling Catholic's Alex Heckman (29). Dowling Catholic at Southeast Polk football. (Christopher Gannon, Des Moines Register photo)

Starcevich would throw ball effectively in the first half and finish the game 6-13 173 yards. But it was the running game that dictated the pace of the game in the second half. Jordan Beem would be the workhorse rushing the ball 25 times for 119 yards.  The Maroons would hang tough for the game, but without a downfield passing threat, the offense struggled to move forward. Coming into the final series of the game, Dowling Catholic only had run 16 offensive plays in the second half. One of those was a fumble that would put the already tired defense back on the field.

The Maroons would be held to a season-low 42 yards passing.They would only tally 156 yards of total offense to the Rams’ 286.

Quarterback Dan Hartlieb was sacked 3 times on a good Ram defense. Linebackers Mike Pavon and Tanner Donelson were in the backfield many times during the night.

The prognosis for Darboh is up in the air. Coach Wilson told KWKY’s Brian Morris the post-game show that Darboh would be examined Saturday morning. The Des Moines Register reported Sunday that Wilson will take a wait and see approach the situation.

Wilson was quoted as it would doubtful Darboh would be back for Friday’s homecoming game with Ankeny at Drake Stadium.

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