In an Iowa first, the Dowling Catholic Maroons won their seventh straight class 4A state championship, with a thrilling come from behind win over rival Valley, 21-16. Both schools are in West Des Moines, and they had never met for the title.
Valley entered the game undefeated and ranked #1. Dowling had one loss, and that was to Valley in the regular season meeting.
Dowling's Gavin Williams, a transfer out of Southeast Polk and future Iowa Hawkeye, rushed for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Valley's Creighton Mitchell rushed for 94 yards, while quarterback Braeden Katcher passed for more than 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In its incredible championship run, Dowling has just six losses, and four are to Valley (other two to Ankeny Centennial).