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In front of 10,000 fans each season, this Iowa rivalry that was first played in 1968, meaning this year is the 50th anniversary of this classic rivalry.

Dowling Catholic won last season’s meeting in dominant fashion, 42-7, over Valley, and the Tigers will be looking to rectify that result this season. Only one team will be able to win in year 50 of the rivalry. Which one will it be?


Jon Shaner
Valley High


Ryan Adam

Dowling Catholic

Ryan maintains a 4.2 GPA and is a letterman on both the football and baseball teams at Dowling Catholic. He is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, as well as the National Honor Society, Peer Tutors, Ut Fidem and Volunteers for Special Olympics. Next year Ryan plans to attend college to pursue a degree in Biology.
Nathan Williams

Valley High

Nathan is a two year letterman for the Tigers Football team playing Cornerback. He is a three year letterman and member of the Back To Back State Champion Track Team at Valley. He is an active member of Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines. He enjoys being a part of the Valley Radio Lab and broadcasting Valley Games. When done at Valley, Nathan will have completed over 10 AP Courses and plans to study Sports Medicine in College. Senior, Number 23 - Nathan Williams.


Jake Lewton

Valley High

Jake played Linebacker for the Maroon’s from 2010 – 2014. He had 9 tackles in the 2013 game against Valley as the Maroon’s made their way to a 14-0 undefeated season and a state title. He was named to the All-District and All-State teams at the end of the season.


With a 20-6 victory over Dowling Catholic on Friday Night, the Valley High Tigers move to 2-0 on the season, having established themselves as the team to beat in Class 4A in Iowa. The Maroons from Dowling Catholic move to 1-1 with the loss, still a force to be reckoned with moving forward. Friday night’s matchup was a historic one, being the 50th meeting between these two bitter rivals. Valley’s Jon Shaner booked his place in the history of this rivalry, leading the Valley defense and making a crucial interception that led to Valley wrapping the game up. Valley’s defense looks a force to be reckoned with moving forward.