CEDAR FALLS — West Des Moines Dowling stands alone atop Iowa Class 4A football — again.
The second-ranked Maroons (12-1) captured their fifth straight state championship and sixth in the last eight seasons Friday night in the UNI-Dome with a 35-21 victory over previously undefeated and No. 1-ranked Iowa City West (12-1).
It was a rematch of last year’s title game, which the Maroons won by a 23-10 margin.
Iowa City West struck first when Evan Flitz, who completed 30 of 40 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Traevis Buchanan for a nine-yard touchdown.
Dowling answered just 23 seconds later when Jayson Murray bolted 41 yards for the first of his three consecutive touchdown runs that helped the Maroons to a 21-7 halftime lead.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, but after West pulled within 28-14 late in the third, Dowling got a 52-yard TD run from Matt Moore to make it a three-score game again with just 10:47 to play.
Iowa City West, hurt by four turnovers, was unable to get its ground game moving against the Maroons’ defense, finishing with just 44 yards on 29 carries. Meanwhile, Dowling had 209 rushing yards and 202 passing with no turnovers. Murray finished with 155 rushing yards on 26 attempts.