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Tigers Slay The Dragons in Second Round Play, 35-7

Throughout the season, Rocky Lombardi and Dominique Dafney have made big plays in big games. Tonight, the duo connected on two plays before halftime that provided the spark West Des Moines Valley needed as they defeated Johnston, 35-7, in a Class 4A second-round playoff game at Valley Stadium.

A week after a pedestrian performance by Lombardi and Dafney against Des Moines East, both players got back on track when they were needed. After a scoreless 1st quarter, Lombardi (10-17, 153 yards, 2 TDs) orchestrated a 16-play drive over 87 yards, punctuated by Lombardi’s 1-yard quarterback sneak for a 7-0 lead with 10:19 left in the second quarter. That drive had Drew Gray written all over it. Gray racked up nearly 65 yards rushing on 12 of those plays.

Johnston’s defense was up to the task in the first half, forcing Valley to punt three times, despite Gray gaining 169 yards rushing. The Dragons’ offense punted on 4th down with about 2:00 left before halftime, setting up the key drive of the game. Lombardi ran on consecutive plays for nine and three yards respectively, and on the third play of the drive, he finds Dominique Dafney (4 receptions, 57 yards, 1 TD) streaking down the middle of the field and completes a 42-yard pass to the Johnston 8 yard line. On the ensuing play, Lombardi hooks up with Dafney again on a corner route to give Valley a 14-0 lead with three seconds left before halftime.

The scoring drive swung the momentum in Valley’s favor as the second half began. Gray (24 carries, 169 yards, 1 TD) continued his assault on the Dragons with the ground game. Johnston went for it on fourth down at their own 28, and running back T-Boy White was stuffed by Dan McCoy and the Tigers defensive line. A penalty on Johnston after the play, gave Valley the ball on the Dragons’ 14 and Lombardi made the most of the opportunity, completing a 14 yard pass to Austin Hronich to push the Tigers’ lead to 21-0 at the 2:08 mark of the third quarter.

Johnston went three and out to start the fourth quarter and Valley struck again, this time a 29-yard sweep play by Blake Salsbury made it 28-0.

The Dragons, who were able to gain yardage against Valley sporadically throughout the contest, got on the scoreboard with 4:00 left in the game when wide receiver Jared Seay took a reverse play to the Johnston sideline, reversed course, went back towards the Valley sideline and followed a convoy of blockers into the end zone for a 42 yard touchdown.

That fleeting moment would be short-lived for Johnston. Valley took the kickoff return and started their next drive past midfield in the Dragons’ territory and Drew Gray put the exclamation point on the Tigers’ win by slipping past defenders and exploding down the field for a 43-yard score.

Valley garnered 440 total yards, 287 of it rushing behind Gray, Javon Mason, and Lombardi. Reid Sinnett completed 12 of 26 passes for 118 yards for Johnston, while T-Boy White rushed for 13 times for 44 yards. The receiving tandem of Andrew Heuss, Jared Seay, Mark Johnson, and Regen Siems combined 9 receptions for 94 yards.

johnston ends their season with a 7-4 record. Valley advances to the quarterfinal round with a 10-1 record and a date with Waukee on Friday evening at 7:00 pm.

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2nd season begins: Scarlets and Tigers Begin March to a Championship

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Two weeks ago, Des Moines East was sitting at 1-2 in their district and facing a crucial game against Ames. In a blink of an eye, there was no game. A false internet threat of violence at East set off a wild chain of events that resulted in Ames backing out of playing at East and the Scarlets being forced to forfeit. After several days of outrage and bewilderment, the forfeit was changed to a “no contest”, which meant the game didn’t count on East’s record.

The events gave East (4-4) a chance to reset and control their own destiny towards the playoffs. After a resounding win over Sioux City North, what was once a lost opportunity now became a reality for Coach Greg Schoon’s bunch:  a playoff run.

The old saying goes, to be the best you have to beat the best. The Scarlets will get that chance as they drew #4-ranked West Des Moines Valley in a Class 4A 1st round game Wednesday night at Valley Stadium.

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East racked up 581 total yards, 472 on the ground in their 62-35 thumping of S.C. North. Quarterback Chino Alcala rushed for 250 yards and passed for 109, while running back Brandon Trotter racked up 233 yards against the Stars’ defense. Alcala’s go-to receivers have been Josh Davis and Jaylin James, who have combined for a little over 850 receiving yards and 50 receptions between them.

Lead by linebackers Rory Walling and Juleo Harris, East High’s defense leads Class 4A in takeaways. Walling, a sophomore, has been nothing short but impressive in the defensive lineup.

The Valley Tigers (8-1) dominated Des Moines Lincoln, 62-0, in their regular season finale. Everyone knows about the usual suspects of (Rocky) Lombardi, (Dominique) Dafney, and (Drew) Gray, but Mr. Versatility, Blake Salsbury, is called upon to contribute in any way for Gary Swenson’s Tigers. He scored both a running and receiving TD against the Rails on Friday, from his fullback position. Gray broke the 1,000 yard rushing barrier by picking up 147 yards on the ground and two touchdowns against the Railsplitters (3-6). Dafney had another stellar performance, hauling in 6 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Will East find a way to chip away at Valley and put a monkey wrench into the Tigers’ pursuit of a state title, or will Valley send the Scarlets packing for the winter?

Who: Des Moines East 4-4) at #4 WDM Valley (8-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00pm kickoff

The Facts: East defeated SC North 62-37 and finished 2-2 for 4th place in Class 4A District 1.  Valley cruised to a 62-0 win over DM Lincoln, completing an 8-1 season and a 4A District 4 title and plus have won 8 straight. The last time the Scarlets and the Tigers met, ironically, was a first-round playoff game on November 3, 2004. Valley eliminated East 49-14, en route to a runner-up finish for the 4A state title (losing to Bettendorf 34-22).

Things to watch:

  • Will there be enough East athleticism to score a program-defining win?
  • Can East’s defense force Valley’s offense to turn the ball over?
  • Will a rested and healthy Valley be primed for a run towards the UNI-Dome?
  • 8 straight wins for Valley, will 9 be fine for the Tigers behind a stingy D?

Des Moines East – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Chino Alcala; RB Brandon Trotter; WR Quincy Green, Juleo Harris, Gerald Sama, and Hunter Kahler; C Tim Carney, G Case Tillotson and David Razo, T Billy White and Zach Stemsrud.

Defensive starters – FS Hunter Kahler, CB Quincy Green and Gerald Sama, LB Rory Walling, Austin Hunter, Jonathan Harrington and Juleo Harris; DE Billy White and Cirima Bangura, DT Alex Contreras, NG Eric Ridgner

Special Teams – P Chino Alcala, K Javier Guerrero, LS Rory Walling, KR Brandon Trotter, PR Juleo Harris and Quincy Green

Valley – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Rocky Lombardi, RB Drew Gray and Blake Salsbury, WR Dominique Dafney and Austin Hronich, TE John Gliniecki, T Cody Genzen and Sam Rogers, G John Rairdon and Zachary Matt, C Brady Smith

Defensive starters – NG Trey Walsh, DT Dan McCoy and Zach Downs, DE Austin Turner, CB Matt Vertin and Turner Scott, LB Nick Yencer, Mason Berg and Ben Campos, S Gabe Honnold and Keller Prien

Special Teams – P Zach Downs, K Cole Hahn, KR Javon Mason

Courtesy: Andrea Melendez (Des Moines Register)

Our live pregame show on the Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com) will begin at 6:50 pm, with kickoff at 7 pm.

The game will be live streamed audio only.

Join Paul Yeager, Dar Danielson, and Keith Borness for the play-by-play, with Jim Kirby on the field with the Scheels sideline report.

Follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for updates throughout the game.

 

 

 

 

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2014 Playoff Pairings Are Set For Class 4A

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The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released the playoff pairings for all six classes in prep football early Saturday morning.

The list of games can be found here: 2014 Post-Season Schedule.

Central Iowa Sports Network will bring you the Des Moines East (4-4) vs. West Des Moines Valley (8-1) 1st round game from Valley Stadium on Wednesday. We will go on live at 6:50 pm CDT, with Paul Yeager, Dar Danielsen, Keith Borness, and Jim Kirby on the broadcast team.

Please note that all of the playoff coverage from here on out will be audio only. No live video streams, as stipulated by the IAHSAA, in accordance to their playoff rules and regulations.

Here are the other games in Central Iowa, with respects to Class 4A, of interest:

Ames @ Urbandale

Des Moines Lincoln @ Ankeny at 5:30 – Ankeny Stadium

Johnston @ Ankeny Centennial at 8:00 – Ankeny Stadium

Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln @ Lewis Central

Indianola @ WDM Dowling Catholic – Williams Stadium

Fort Dodge @ Southeast Polk

Sioux City East @ Waukee

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Tigers Take Rails Off Track, Roll 62-0 In Regular Season Finale

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Action during the third quarter of the Lincoln vs Valley football game, as the fog started to roll in.

Many coaches will tell you stats don’t matter, but they know wins and player development are part of the job. But when a running back is just short of a 1,000 yards for the season, there is a little incentive to break that milestone.

Senior running back Drew Gray was 100 yards shy of hitting 1,000 yards heading into this evening’s game against Lincoln. Gray needed only two series to break that threshold, scoring on the Tigers’ first two drives, en route to a 62-0 win at Valley Stadium Friday night.

Gray capped a 6-play, 72 yard drive, with a 6-yard touchdown run, and would add a 4 yard score on the next drive. Gray would finish the night with 12 carries for 147 yards. Freshmen Javon Mason continued to turn heads with a 5 carry 38 yard night, with 29 of them coming on one play.

In the second quarter, Mr. Versatility, Blake Salsbury, would add a running and receiving touchdown to push the Tigers’ lead to 28-0. In a night featuring two underclassmen quarterbacks, the elder Rocky Lombardi (10-13, 242 yards) shined brighter, tossing three straight touchdown passes, two to Dominique Dafney (6 rec, 160 yards) and one to Salsbury as Valley took a 49-0 lead into halftime.

Lincoln was able to move the ball in the second half, but freshmen Will McElvain’s (20-38, 3 interceptions, 207 yards) pass was intercepted by the Tigers’ Turner Scott, and he weaves 80 yards for a pick-six. The Tigers ended the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run by Jake Griffiths. Valley finished with 555 total yards, 302 on the ground. Darius Shumpert carried the ball 23 times for 80 yards and hauled in 8 receptions for 93 yards. Logan Garrels, fresh from a record performance versus Hoover last week, made 8 catches for 90 yards.

Lincoln finishes the season at 3-6, as Valley completes the season 8-1 and District 1 champions. Valley will learn of their 1st round opponent early Saturday morning.

Central Iowa Sports Network will provide audio only coverage of the Valley Tigers’ beginning Wednesday night, starting a 6:50 pm on CentralIowaSportsNetwork.com. Paul Yeager, Dar Danielsen, and Keith Borness, and Jim Kirby will have the call.

 

 

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Rails Ride into Season Finale Against District Champ Valley

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The Lincoln Railsplitters are riding high after last week’s mild upset of Hoover, putting the Huskies in a must-win mode. Lincoln’s also in a mostly must-win mode, if they want to be in the playoffs.

Lincoln could improve their chances to get into the playoffs with another upset…against the Valley Tigers. This sets the stage for the regular season finale of your CenturyLink Game of the Week on CISN.

Freshman Will McElvain leads the Rails at quarterback. McElvain has thrown for 740 total yards for the Rails (3-5, 2-2). Running back Darius Shumpert and wide receiver Logan Garrels are McElvain’s go-to guys. Garrels (59-806, 6 touchdowns) had a big hand in Lincoln’s big 49-35 win over Hoover last week, hauling in a 97 yard touchdown reception that broke the game open. Garrels also set a set state record with 340 receiving yard night. Linebackers Wade Gillum and Marco Foster have nearly 70 tackles between them for the defense, with strong safety Bryan Richter adding 23.5 tackles as well.

Valley (7-1, 4-0) closed out their road portion of the season with a 28-3 win over Ankeny Centennial. After a close 7-3 game heading into the fourth quarter, Valley pulled away with crucial plays including blocking two Centennial field goals and a 51-yard touchdown strike from Rocky Lombardi to Blake Salsbury. The Tigers will be celebrating Senior Night, as they honor 30 players.

Can Lincoln crash the party and punch their ticket to the playoffs, or will Valley put away Lincoln early and often?

Who: Des Moines Lincoln (3-5) at #4 WDM Valley (7-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Friday, October 10th, 7:30pm kickoff

The Facts: Lincoln defeated Hoover 49-35, while Valley upended Ankeny Centennial 28-3. The last time these teams met was October 11 2013. Valley won 35-14.

Things to watch:

  • Will there be a hangover for Valley after winning the district title?
  • Will Lincoln find a way to keep pace with the Tigers?
  • Are the Tigers at full strength for the playoff run or on cruise control with the second season looming?
  • Lincoln will be starting 4 freshmen on offense. How will they handle Valley’s defense?

Des Moines Lincoln – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Will McElvain; RB Darius Shumpert; TE Joey Meyer; WR Logan Garrels, Daniel Doering, and Brock Newton; C Zach Ross, G Josh Smith and Carlos Santiago, T Sam Stevens and Bryce Johnson,

Defensive starters – FS Issac Scott, SS Bryce Richter, CB Tyron Collier and Donovan Hargrove, LB Marco Foster, Jordan Lewis and Wade Gillum; DE DeSean Williams and Andre Flatt, NG Ricky Terrell

Valley – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Rocky Lombardi, RB Drew Gray and Blake Salsbury, WR Dominique Dafney and Austin Hronich, TE John Gliniecki, T Cody Genzen and Sam Rogers, G John Rairdon and Zachary Matt, C Brady Smith

Defensive starters – NG Trey Walsh, DT Dan McCoy and Zach Downs, DE Austin Turner, CB Matt Vertin and Turner Scott, LB Nick Yencer, Mason Berg and Ben Campos, S Gabe Honnold and Keller Prien

Special Teams – P Zach Downs, K Cole Hahn

Our live pregame show on the Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com) will begin at 7 pm, with kickoff at 7:30 pm.

Join Paul Yeager, Keith Borness, and Taylor Bennett for the call of the game. Jim Kirby will be your sideline reporter.

Follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for updates throughout the game.

The Scheels Audio Game of the Week will have Dar Danielson with the call of Fort Dodge visiting Urbandale at Frerichs Field.  As an added bonus, High School Cube and QC Sports Net will have links and streams to all of the games across the state.

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Maroons Host Roughriders for Home Finale

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On the west side of Des Moines, Roosevelt High is hungry for a post-season berth. They have not made the playoffs since 1996. They’ll have a chance to not only inch towards that goal, but to also spoil Dowling Catholic’s senior night.

The Roughriders and the Maroons will meet for a Class 4A District 2 game Friday night as the CISN Game of the Week, presented by CenturyLink.

Dowling (6-1 overall, 3-0 district) has a 1-game lead in the district race over Johnston and Lewis Central, both at 2-1. Roosevelt is tied with Sioux City East at 1-2. The next two weeks for the Roughriders (3-4, 1-2) are crucial. A win against Dowling and Lewis Central will build their case for the 4th playoff spot from District 2. But that is all contingent on Sioux City East losing one or both of their final games (vs. Des Moines North and at Johnston).

Running back Martavian Hall (136 rushes, 735 yards, 9 touchdowns) and receiver Jordan Johnson (28 receptions for 451 yards and 3 touchdowns) lead the Riders. Quarterback Michael Settle is 70-120 for 907 yards, have thrown for 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Prince Krah, Harley Davidson, and Logan Hoile lead the Riders’ defense with a combined 50 tackles between them.

Dowling looks to close out their home portion of the season undefeated and send out senior stars Ryan Boyle, Max Morris, Jo Jo Jok, and others with a bang. Sophomore Cole Deskin and senior Max Kasap has kept the Maroons’ rushing game in sync with Boyle after replacing an injured Isaiah Patton. Kasap has rushed 31 times for 233 yards and Deskin carried the ball 51 times for 288 yards.

The Dowling defense hasn’t missed a beat, even with Max Morris being out for the last two games, giving up a combined 16 points.

Can the Roughriders “Cowboy Up” and get a program-defining win over Dowling, or will the Maroons send their 39 seniors out in style with another dominating performance?

Who:  Des Moines Roosevelt (3-4) at #3 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic (6-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Friday, October 17, 7:30 pm kickoff (freshman play first)

The Facts: Last week, Dowling defeated Johnston 50-13, while Roosevelt handled Des Moines North, 51-0. Roosevelt and SC East are tied for third in the District 2 race at 1-2. This will be the first meeting between both teams since September 18, 2009, when Dowling defeated Roosevelt, 63-0.

Things to watch:

  • Will Roosevelt put it all together for a program-building win?
  • Will Dowling have a let down or ease off the pedal for Senior Night?
  • Speed makes a difference and will the Rough Riders run past the Maroons?
  • 39 Dowling seniors have only lost once the last two years on varsity.

Des Moines Roosevelt – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Michael Settle, RB Martavian Hall and Zayne Smith, WR Jordan Johnson and Daniel Luckett, TE Luke Donnelly, T Sunday Deng and Brock Stillmonks, G Jack Rollison and John Hawkins, C Anderson Ruble

Defensive starters – Luke Donnelly DE, Victor Wong DT, Nick Ballard DT, John Hawkins DE, Tanner Murray OLB, Chance Slinger LB, Nathaniel Bolden LB, Dane Vobrich OLB, Prince Krah DB, Daniel Lucket CB, Logan Hoile S.

Special Teams: P Luke Sutherland, K Caleb Shudak, KO Return Caleb Shudak and Main Thomas

Dowling Catholic – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Ryan Boyle; TB Max Kasap, FB Gray Gochenour; SE Eric Fardal; FL Charlie Schulte; C Cole Wymore, G Joe Brett and Kevin Vaughn-Carber, T Elijah Swehla and Conner McPhee, TE Ben McNeal

Defensive starters – FS Nick Wilson, CB Dante Campero and Michael Zachary, LB Kevin McMurray, Ross Otte, Rodney Harris, and Gray Gochenour; DE Brawnte Wells and Jo Jo Jok; T Ross Carpenter; NG Quinn Sonntag,

Special Teams- P/K Nick McLellan, Holder Frankie Mauro, LS Quinn Sonntag, PR Michael Zachary, KR Joe Gorsche

We’ll go on the air live on Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com) with the pregame at 7p CDT and the kickoff at 7:30 pm.

Join Paul Yeager, Taylor Bennett and Jim Kirby for the call of the game.  You can follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for game updates throughout the evening

Our Scheels Audio Game of the Week is a great one with Dar Danielson calling the Valley Tigers traveling to Ankeny Centennial for a match up with the Jaguars.   Our partners at High School Cube will have the live online stream of other area games of interest and we’ll be offering links to games in eastern Iowa as well through QC Sports Net.

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#4 Valley Hosts Struggling SC West in a District Tilt

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Two teams going in opposite directions…both seeking the same goal: wins.

That will be the case Friday night as Sioux City West and the Valley Tigers meet for a Class 4A District 3 game at Valley Stadium.

This is this week’s Century Link Game of the Week on CISN.

The Wolverines of Sioux City West are still looking for a win, after losing to Des Moines Lincoln, 19-6, last week for Homecoming. West has surrendered an average of 57 points per game this season. West is led by quarterback Ricky Quintana (39-96-476, 2 TDs, 7 INTs) and running back Noah McWell, who has garnered 334 yards this season, 75 of them against Lincoln. Jalen Roseland leads the receiving unit with 11 receptions for 287 yards.

Both McWell and Roseland, along with Lemuel Turner leads with tackles on defense. Coach Trever Case pointed out that the Wolverines played better, but mistakes continue to be their Achilles heel.

The Valley Tigers continue to motor along after a 56-0 thrashing of Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln last week. Rocky Lombardi threw for three touchdowns, two of them to Dominique Dafney, and ran for another score. Drew Gray added two rushing touchdowns as Valley.

Can the Wolverines put together a Herculean effort against the Tigers or will Valley continue to cruise towards a district title?

Who: Sioux City West (0-6) at #4 WDM Valley (5-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Friday, October 10th, 7:00pm kickoff

The Facts: SC West lost to DM Lincoln, 19-6. Valley routed CB Lincoln, 56-0. West has been outscored 303-50 in the last six games.

Things to watch:

  • Will Valley cruise towards a district title?
  • Can SC West put up points against the Tigers?
  • Will sophomore Rocky Lombardi continue his stellar play at QB?
  • Can an Wolverine other than Quintana find the endzone?
  • Returning injured Tigers continue to develop

Sioux City West – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Ricardo Quintana; RB Noah Mcwell and , FB Sammy Blakey; WR Cole Eaton and Jalen Roseland; C Tyler Unruh, G Lemuel Turner and Stanford Whitestar, T Gavin Lamoureaux and Tommy Warden,

Defensive starters – FS Noah Mcwell, SS Ricardo Quintana, CB Sammy Blakey and Josiah Zoelle, OLB Lemuel Turner and Cole Schultz; DE Stanford Whitestar and Cole Eaton, NG Eric Montes

Special Teams- P Noah Mcwell, K Jalen Roseland

Valley – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Rocky Lombardi, RB Drew Gray and Blake Salsbury, WR Dominique Dafney and Austin Hronich, TE John Gliniecki, T Cody Genzen and Sam Rogers, G John Rairdon and Zachary Matt, C Brady Smith

Defensive starters – NG Trey Walsh, DT Dan McCoy and Zach Downs, DE Austin Turner, CB Matt Vertin and Turner Scott, LB Nick Yencer, Mason Berg and Ben Campos, S Gabe Honnold and Keller Prien

Special Teams – P Zach Downs, K Cole Hahn

The live pregame show on the Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com)will begin at 6:30pm, with kickoff at 7 pm.

Join Paul Yeager, Keith Borness, and Taylor Bennett for the call of the game. Jim Kirby will be your sideline reporter.

Follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for updates throughout the game.

The Scheels Audio Game of the Week will have Dar Danielson with the call of Dowling Catholic (5-1) at Johnston (5-1) in a Class 4A District 2 clash.  As an added bonus, High School Cube and QC Sports Net will have links and streams to all of the games across the state.

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Perennial Powers Black Raiders and Maroons Meet for District Showdown

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Road trips can be long and boring. Don’t tell that to Sioux City East. They are accustomed to putting on the headphones, cue up the iPod, and making the trip eastward from the Siouxland to Central Iowa.

It’s “Eastbound and Down” for the Black Raiders as they bring a perfect 5-0 record to West Des Moines on Friday to take on the Dowling Catholic Maroons in this week’s CenturyLink Game of the Week.

Coach Bob Goodvin’s Black Raiders rallied from 14 and 13 points respectively to beat Des Moines Roosevelt, 30-26 last Thursday in Sioux City. Alex Stueve, the leading rusher in Class 4A, rushed for 106 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Quarterback JJ Stephens went 29-37 for 238 yards and two touchdown strikes, both to Austin Ahrendt.

Dowling shook off the hangover from the loss to Valley by scoring 37 unanswered points in a 51-10 win over Lewis Central last week. Dowling’s special team and defense scored 23 points by blocking a punt for a score, a safety, ran a punt return for another score, an interception return for a touchdown, and forced a fumble that resulted in a Max Kasap rushing touchdown. Kasap and Cole Deskin combined for 158 yards in place of an injured Isaiah Patton.  Eric Fardal grabbed 5 catches for 111 yards from Ryan Boyle, who was 8-15 for 142 yards.

Will the road warriors conquer the demons of Valley Stadium or will Dowling fend off another tough district opponent?

Who:  Sioux City East (5-0) at #3 Dowling Catholic (4-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Friday, September 26th, 7:00 pm kickoff (note the time change)

The Facts: Dowling bounced back with a 51-10 win over Lewis Central last week. Sioux City East rallied from a 20-7 deficit to knock off Des Moines Roosevelt, 30-26 last Thursday.

Things to watch:

  • Can the Black Raiders and the Maroons cut down on penalties?
  • Will Sioux City East finally get a win at Valley Stadium?
  • Bubbles or handoffs, which will happen more in the Black Raider offense?
  • Which Dowling offense will be featured, the feet or arm of Boyle, the legs of new RBs or someone else?

Sioux City East – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB JJ Stephens, TB Alex Stueve, FB Austin Ahrendt, SE Dom Flemister and Ty Benson, TE Jacob Wiley, T Andrew Miller and Ethan Fahrendholz, G Manny Zertuche and John Alexa, C Jose Deanda

Defensive starters – DT Charlie Marquez, NG Thomas Dunlap, LE Alex Stibbs, RE Albert Saul, CB Ross Godfrey and Black Schmidt, SLB Dakota Blatchford, MLB Keaton Lewis, BLB Cole Schoenfeld, WS Kaleb Hanks, FS Connor Koza

Special Teams: P Connor Koza, K Jared Admundson, H Ty Benson, PAT LS Jose Deandra, Punt LS Alber Saul, KR Alex Stueve and Dom Flemister, PR Grayson Brower

Dowling Catholic – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Ryan Boyle; TB Max Kasap, FB Gray Gochenour; SE Eric Fardal; FL Charlie Schulte; C Cole Wymore, G Joe Brett and Kevin Vaughn-Carber, T Elijah Swehla and Conner McPhee, TE Ben McNeal

Defensive starters – FS Nick Wilson, CB Dante Campero and Michael Zachary, LB Kevin McMurray, Ross Otte, Rodney Harris, and Gray Gochenour; DE Brawnte Wells and Jo Jo Jok; T Ross Carpenter; NG Quinn Sonntag,

Special Teams- P/K Nick McLellan, Holder Frankie Mauro, LS Quinn Sonntag, PR Michael Zachary, KR Joe Gorsche

The live pregame show will begin at 6:30pm, with kickoff to follow at 7:00 pm on Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com).

Join Paul Yeager, Taylor Bennett and Jim Kirby for the call of the game.  You can follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for updates throughout the night.

Our Audio Game of the Week will have Dar Danielson in Ankeny for the Hoover vs. Ankeny Centennial game, presented by Scheels.  Our partners at High School Cube will have the live online stream of other area games of interest and we’ll be offering links to games in eastern Iowa as well through QC Sports Net.

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Lewis Central Starts 4A District Play Against Rebounding Maroons

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After having their 17-game winning streak snapped, one team looks to start a new streak by starting district play against the “new kids on the block”.

And no, we’re not referring to Mark Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and that bunch.

Council Bluffs Lewis Central makes their inaugural trip in Class 4A district play to one of the storied programs of recent years, the Dowling Catholic Maroons in CenturyLink’s Game of the Week on CISN.

The Maroons fell victim to the same ‘bounce of the ball’ that they benefited from a week earlier, before mounting a comeback, but it wasn’t enough as DCHS dropped a 24-21 game to rival Valley last Friday. Valley’s defense gave Ryan Boyle and the Maroons offense fits as Boyle was picked off twice, one resulting in a Valley touchdown. Dowling’s defensive backfield had no answer for the Tigers’ Dominique Dafney, who hauled in 10 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Lewis Central are the “new kids on the block”. After years of being in Class 3A, the Titans moved up to 4A this year and have put together a 4-0 start, including a program-making win at Harlan. Quarterback Austin Simmons, a South Dakota recruit, went 14-19 for 279 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 49-15 win over Council Bluffs Jefferson last week. Two of those passing scoring strikes was to his favorite receiver, Conner Hanafan.

Will the Titans make Dowling their second significant win for their program, or will the Maroons get back on track?

Who:  Lewis Central (4-0) at #3 Dowling Catholic (3-1)

Where: Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, Iowa

When: Friday, September 26th, 7:30pm kickoff

The Facts: Dowling lost to Valley, 24-21 last week. Lewis Central defeated CB Jefferson, 49-15. This will be the first ever meeting between both schools.

Things to watch:

  • Can the Titans keep up with Dowling’s no-huddle offense?
  • Will Dowling contain Austin Simmons and his receivers?
  • How motivated are the Maroons after last week’s loss?
  • Can Lewis Central make a first impression in the big school class?

Lewis Central – Project Starting Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Austin Simmons, TB Ryan Main, FB Ryan Scheidle, WR Conner Hanafan and Brandon Figueroa, TE Mitchell Brinkman, T Kade Theobold and Tanner Miller, G Luke Sutherland and Luke Mace, C Hayden Walstein

Defensive starters – DT Luke Sutherland and Tanner Miller, DE Chris Thomas and Mitchell Brinkman, CB Conner Hanafan and Brian Rew, OLB Caleb Shudak and Logan Redeker, ILB Ryan Scheidle and Mac Southard, S Brandon Figueroa

Special Teams: K Caleb Shudak, P Luke Sutherland

Dowling Catholic – Projected Lineups

Offensive starters – QB Ryan Boyle; TB Isaiah Patton, FB Gray Gochenour; SE Eric Fardal; FL Charlie Schulte; C Cole Wymore, G Joe Brett and Kevin Vaughn-Carber, T Elijah Swehla and Conner McPhee, TE Ben McNeal

Defensive starters – FS Nick Wilson, CB Dante Campero and Michael Zachary, LB Kevin McMurray, Jordan Theis, Rodney Harris, and Gray Gochenour; DE Max Morris and Jo Jo Jok; T Ross Carpenter; NG Quinn Sonntag,

Special Teams- P/K Nick McLellan, Holder Frankie Mauro, LS Quinn Sonntag, PR Michael Zachary, KR Joe Gorsche

The live pregame show will begin at 7pm, with kickoff to follow on Central Iowa Sports Network (centraliowasportsnetwork.com).

Join Paul Yeager, Mark Kenkel, and Allen Fiddelke for the call of the game.  You can follow us on Twitter @CISportsNet for updates throughout the night.

Our Audio Game of the Week, presented by Scheels, will have Dar Danielson calling the Indianola at Urbandale game.  Our partners at High School Cube will have the live online stream of other area games of interest. The featured game will be Des Moines East at SE Polk . Plus we’ll be offering links to games in eastern Iowa as well through QC Sports Net.

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CISN Game Plan – September 26, 2014

IMG_8090.JPGIt is time to get down to business in Class 4A football. No more warm-ups or tune-ups, it is time for district play and games that count toward a playoff berth.

We begin in District Four with Indianola at Urbandale. Dar Danielson will have the call of that one from Frerichs Field. The Indians come into the game 3-1 and the home team J-Hawks sport a 1-3 record.

Our video game of the week will feature the defending state champion Dowling Catholic Maroons hosting a new opponent, Council Bluffs Lewis Central. The Titans are playing their first year in Class 4A. They are the undefeated team in this match-up. Prior to Friday, football followers assumed the Maroons would be as well, but the Maroons’ rival the Valley Tigers changed that story line in a 24-21 win last week. Paul Yeager and Mark Kenkel will have the call.

Be sure to check the homepage on Friday night for other games we’ll have links to both in central Iowa and eastern Iowa.

Take us with you on your mobile device and dial up www.centralIowasportsnetwork.com and we’ll have you covered on Friday night.