Dowling Catholic Routes Valley High Shool 22-0

patrick Feltz, Staff Writer

Dowling Catholic High School defeated Valley High School 22-0 on Friday, September 4th, 2020. When discussing the victory, Coach Tom Wilson, the Head Coach of the Dowling football team, was so proud of how much they grew up during the game.

“I just loved seeing the kids get involved. The defense really grew up right in front of our eyes. Everyone was getting involved, and kids like Mack Anderson (12), really had his breakout game, which I knew he was capable of,” Coach Tom Wilson said.

Preparing for the biggest rivalry in high school football in Iowa certainly carries some burden and stress for the Coaches and players, especially with some leading players, tacklers, Running Back, etc., gone this year. But Coach Wilson just took it day by day, week by week, and made sure the team was getting better every practice.

“Preparation is not really different against whatever team we play against. We prepared for the rivalry week by week, as well as trying to block out some of the noise, and dealing with a rivalry game with an undefeated record on the line,” Wilson said.

Being the player of a rivalry game is a different feel when dealing with no fans, and adapting to new circumstances. But Kaleb Sailer (11), knew from the start that Dowling needed to bring the heat. Both from the first play to the last play.

“I would say it was very intense from the start. There was definitely a different feel not having any fans, but as a team, we made sure we brought the intensity, starting from the first play of the game,” Sailer said.