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Dowling 37, Valley 26 (9/6/13)

September 7, 2013

WEST DES MOINES, IA — Dowling and Valley had no problems scoring on Friday night.

In the highest-scoring game in the series in 11 years, the Dowling Maroons outlasted the Valley Tigers 37-26 at Drake Stadium in a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports. More than 12,000 fans were in attendance for what is considered one of the greatest rivalries in the country.

The Maroons, who have won four of the last five matchups, and the Tigers each scored at least 26 points in the game for the first time since 1972.

Junior quarterback Ryan Boyle accounted for 202 total yards and had a hand in three TDs for Dowling. After Valley cut it to 31-26, he orchestrated a long drive capped off by his 2-yard TD run to seal the win. Boyle, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player.

Senior quarterback Connor LaGrone came off the bench and threw for 160 yards and two TDs for Valley, while senior back Tyus Mason ran for 115 yards and two scores. LaGrone connected with Mason on an 11-yard TD pass midway through the fourth quarter that cut the lead to one possession.

Dowling (2-0) is at Ankeny next Friday night, while Valley (1-1) hosts Southeast Polk the same night.

 

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