This rivalry game featured the state of Iowa’s #1 ranked team and undefeated, Dowling Catholic Maroons, playing against the 2-1 and #4 ranked team in the state, the Valley Tigers. These two (2) high schools routinely meet twice each year, once during the regular season and once during the state football championship semi-finals.
All predictions leaned towards a Dowling Catholic victory and most assumed it would be convincing. Both Valley and Dowling Catholic had a common opponent, #2 ranked Waukee High School, who Dowling Catholic buried during week two (45-14) and who Valley was overmatched against during week one (28-6).
However, with a storied rivalry all conventional wisdom and statistics are ignored. In West Des Moines, Iowa on 19-SEP the Tigers of Valley High School played a disciplined and mostly error free game to take a surprisingly 24-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. On the other side of this narrative, Dowling Catholic made mistakes and turned the ball over, which included an interception in the last minute of the second quarter that eventually led to a Valley touchdown.
To the credit of the Maroons there was no quit in their team and they made exceptional halftime adjustments. The “Maroon Wall” held the Valley Tigers scoreless during the second half and the Maroon offense added two (2) more touchdowns to make the final score 24-21. Upset-minded Valley gained a critical first down late in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice and run out the clock.
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- Valley vs. Dowling – 2014