by Dave Shepherd
Great American Rivalry Staff
On Friday, August 20, the Great American Rivalry Series returned to one of Iowa’s most heated rivalries, Dowling Catholic and Valley High School. The game was played at the beautiful and modern Valley Stadium, home of the Valley Tigers in West Des Moines. A standing-room-only crowd of over 10,000 spectators were on-hand to witness this pre-season match-up.
For 36 minutes and 33 seconds, the top-ranked Maroons of Dowling dominated the game as they racked-up 34 points, 245 yards, and allowed #4 Valley High School only five first downs the entire game. The Tigers of Valley High School avoided the shutout when quarterback Connor Blythe connected with wide receiver Brody Baumann for a nine-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute and 27 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
Dowling Catholic’s senior quarterback, Connor Bravard, was sensational in his first start as he ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and went 11 for 17 through the air including two touchdowns. Bravard also received the 2010 Great American Rivalry Series MVP Award, presented on the field by SSgt Darlene Rust during a post-game ceremony in front of his teammates, coaches, and an enthusiastic Dowling Catholic crowd.
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- Dowling vs. Valley – 2010