One could argue Monday night’s playoff game for the Lincoln Railsplitters was their biggest contest in the program’s history. They were hosting Dowling Catholic in the second round of the playoffs just six days after winning the schools first-ever playoff game. The Maroons were co-champs of the CIML Central and a rival of the Rails.
Dowling coach Tom Wilson wouldn’t take the bait on my pregame question. He said he didn’t get worked up on that topic.
He was just preparing his team for a playoff run. One that now includes Amarah Darboh.
The Rails scored first, a 48-yard TD run by Rashid Marsh and the Rails were feeling good.
But that feeling was short-lived as the Maroons went on to score 41 unanswered points to roll to a 41-6 win to improve to 9-2. It also sets up a Week 0 rematch with WDM Valley.
Dowling Catholic started the offensive show with a no-huddle offense. Dan Hartlieb found Darboh for a 10 yard TD pass and the Maroons took the lead on the extra point, 7-6 with 8:17 to play in the first quarter. Danny finished 7-13 passing for 93 yards, 3 TDs through the air to Brandon Ogden (10 yards) and Matthew Haack (49 yards) and one on his legs.
Darboh would score later on a jet play to finish with 2 TDs and 62 receiving yards on 5 grabs.
Again, Ryan Boyle ran the different look offense to gain 62 yards on 9 carries. Ben Goaley also had one his best single play runs of the season when he went 40 yards on a 1st quarter scamper. Goaley finished with 106 yards on 10 carries. Chase Dowell ran 4 plays for 13 yards, but did score a touchdown as well.
The Maroon offense tallied 335 yards in total offense on 136 passing and 199 rushing.
The defense played another great game, holding Class 4A’s leading rushing offense with only 172 yards on the ground and 64 yards passing for a total of 236 yards. Marsh had most of those yards, with 113 on 13 carries. Kippie Ward carried 13 times as well for 45 yards.
The Rails finished the year at 9-2.
The Dowling Defense has started to shut down opponents. They’ve only allowed 2 touchdowns in the last 13 quarters going back to the Johnston game. That includes one from Lincoln, 0 TDs by Ames and 1 TD by Indianola.
Valley beat Urbandale to advance to Friday’s game. Valley won the first game this year 28-21. Last year’s playoff game inspired this radio call by Dave Marcoullier. Kickoff is at 7, our KWKY pregame begins at 6p.