Dowling wins its 4th straight title
CEDAR FALLS (AP) — West Des Moines Dowling Catholic rode Jacob Zachary’s power running to yet another championship, defeating Iowa City West 23-10 here on Friday night.
Zachary rambled for 194 yards in 27 carries and scored twice as Dowling won its Class 4A-record fourth consecutive state title.
It was the fifth championship in the last seven years and seventh overall for the Maroons (12-1), who harassed West (10-3) all night with a swarming defense that included tight coverage on the Trojans’ star receiver, Oliver Martin. No other 4A school has won more than two consecutive championships.
Dallas McCarthy’s 23-yard field goal gave Dowling a 16-10 halftime lead, Jayson Murray scored from 8 yards out midway through the third quarter and the defense did the rest, holding West to 57 yards rushing and 253 total yards.
Martin scored West’s only touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return late in the first quarter.
Dowling established its running game at the outset, taking the opening kickoff and driving 61 yards for a 7-0 lead, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Zachary bulling into the end zone for the final yard.
Atlias Bell’s punt block and teammate Willie O’Hara’s 26-yard return set up a 2-yard TD burst by Zachary that made it 13-0, a lead quickly sliced in half by Martin’s long kickoff return.
Lucas Karawl’s 26-yard field goal drew West to 13-10, but Dowling kept the Trojans at bay the rest of the way.
Martin, who came into the game with 83 receptions, was double-teamed all night and finished with just three catches for 41 yards. West quarterback Evan Flitz put up decent numbers — 22 of 29 for 196 yards — but after throwing 10 touchdown passes in three previous playoff games, he couldn’t get his team into the end zone and was sacked three times.
Dowling’s Ben Wilson did just enough to keep the pressure off the running game, completing 8 of 12 passes for 94 yards.